The National Football League is looking at yet another issue in the New England Patriots “spygate” issue that is still a hot topic, and that is who leaked the video to Fox Sports which aired over the weekend. The league is conducting an investigation as to who allowed Fox to use the tape on its Sunday pregame shows. The tape showed Jets coaches signaling players on the field. It then panned to the scoreboard to show the down and distance, and the time remaining in the quarter.
Just seeing the scenes of coaches giving signals to players makes my blood boil, as how in the heck can the Pats and Bill Belichick think that this is not out and out cheating?! The fans of New England who are standing by Belichick through all of this really ought to put the shoe on the other foot, and think of the outrage they would have if it was happening to them. I hope for the sake of the league and for the good of the game Roger Goodell takes another hard look at this tape and inflicts even more punishment on Belichick and the Patriots.
The players over the weekend used the saga as a rallying cry to go out and dominate the Chargers. Let’s face it, if they would have lost a week after this took place, would you not be even more suspicious? Tom Brady is still Tom Brady, Randy Moss is still Randy Moss, and the Patriots, tape or no tape, are still one of the best teams in the NFL. What is disturbing though in the first place is just the notion in Belichick’s mind that this was the route they had to go in order to become one of the top teams in the league. Trust me, they were good enough where having this tape was not going to garner them a heck of a lot more wins.
Back to the tape on Fox, NFL Spokesman Greg Aiello said that the league is “very concerned; it should not have happened.” I personally think it is a good thing that the public saw the tape. It confirms to Pats fans and fans around the country that the league is not just on some sort of witch hunt of New England and Belichick. What better way to prove it than to show the tape to the fans of the league that buy the tickets and attend the games? The Pats and Belichick have a lot to prove and plenty of questions to answer, and for the league, I would not be shocked if there is more punishment to come.