biju wrote:portisfan24 wrote:steelerfan513 wrote:Guys, as I said above, the Patriots almost certainly weren't cheating for the majority of their perfect 2007 regular season (by majority, I mean 15 games). They got caught in Week 1 and were punished before their Week 2 game. The initial argument doesn't make sense because they wouldn't cheat for the rest of that season AFTER GETTING CAUGHT, then arbitrarily decide to stop next season.
They had a record-breaking season mostly because they had one of the best passing offenses of all-time with an amazing quarterback and two of the NFL's best receivers who each offer a different skill set defenses had to deal with. Plus, as ben said, Belichick was willing to run up the score.
I'm thankful someone other than a Pats fan was able to find that massive hole in the logic of the argument.
Not that I need to get into this, but it's only a hole if the opposing teams' signals have changed from what the Pats expected. You might not be able to assume this was something easily changed mid-season, although I immediately admit I don't know whether this is an accurate statement or not. It could be easy enough too. All I'm saying is it's possible teams had to make this adjustment in the off season while the Pats had *years* worth of data on DCs.
Again, no idea how accurate this is--just trying to throw a possibility out there that matches what was seen. It probably has as much chance as Belichick having backup tapes in his garage, or alien mind control.
And the cheating they did was effectively covered up by Goodell, so other teams weren't sure just what and how their signs were stolen. This was done over years and not something that the Pats had to abandon-not using cameras to steal signs, but using stolen signs. Other teams prepare for a season well in advance of week 2 and wouldn't change all that they do just because one team cheated.
Dream, that teams had coaching turnover only supports my assertion. New coaches mean new signals, and Pats not knowing new signals means less effective game plans and adjustments.
Yes they had great QB play and pass attack. I just don't know how much of that was due to the players and how much was due to the cheating. I do know that there was a 10 PPG difference. Huge.