mattb47 wrote:bungle613 wrote:LoveBoatCaptain wrote:
Yeah, it's easy to be better than other teams when you know what plays they are running.
Oh come on... they have been an exceptional team for a decade with only Pittsburgh being in the same conversation over the last 10 years.
You are naive if you think New England is the only team to be taping. They all do it, New England just got caught. The difference is that they won.
It's a poor assumption to say that everyone does it just because one team did it. That's hardly an argument one way or another because it's a completely unfounded argument that has no basis in anything.
I agree that you probably can't attribute all of the success to the "spygate" ordeal but it's also impossible to argue that their success doesn't come with an asterisk now because they got caught cheating. It's not people trying to pick a fight...it's just a fact. When people think back on the Patriots in this era, they will always wonder how much they won because of the videotaping...thus the asterisk.
I think it's ridiculous to argue that Pioli doesn't have an excellent eye for talent...this is a team that builds its success on solid drafting and taking older veteran players and making them work together. They have generally done a good job drafting wise and with Pioli being a big part of that, one would have to come to the conclusion that he obviously knows what he's doing.
I just view it slightly differently. While New England did get caught, I believe it is common practise in the NFL. I will concede that not all teams do it to the extrent that NEw England did but I do believe all teams tape otehr teams. I will also concede an asterisk beside the name but it is not probable that it was the key to their success. They are one of the best football teams ever to play in this league.