Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli have broken their silence about controversial topics regarding their team. The “Boston Herald,” citing an anonymous source, reported on February 2nd, that the Patriots had videotaped the Rams walkthrough prior to Super Bowl 36. According to the “Boston Globe,” Belichick said “In my entire coaching career, I have never seen another team’s practice prior to playing that team.”
Belichick denied ever being involved in any kind of illegal videotaping of practices, saying, “We don’t even film our own. We don’t want to see ourselves do anything, that’s the pace that it’s at. Regardless, I’ve never been a part of that.” Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter has questioned the NFL’s destruction of the tapes involving the “Spygate” incident that led to Belichick and the Patriot organization being penalized.
VP of player player personnel Scott Pioli was also receiving criticism for firing former employee Matt Walsh. The “Boston Globe” also reports that Pioli stated they fired Walsh, who had videotaping responsibilities, for “secretly tape-recording conversations between me and him.” Walsh was terminated in January 2003. The former employee’s lawyer Michael Levy said Pioli’s story was a “complete fabrication.” Belichick also commented on the Walsh situation saying he “couldn’t even pick Matt Walsh out of a lineup.”
New England finished the season 18-and-1 after being shocked in Super Bowl 42 by the New York Giants, and will lose their first round pick in the upcoming draft after being caught in Week One videotaping the Jets defensive signals.