Former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh has reportedly turned over to the NFL eight videotapes that were recorded between the 2000 and 2002 seasons. The “New York Times” says the footage shows the play-calling signals of five opponents in six games, but the tapes do not include video of the St. Louis Rams’ practice the day before Super Bowl 36. According to the paper, the Pats recorded the offensive and defensive signals of coaches in regular-season games against the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and San Diego Chargers.
In addition, Walsh’s tapes show New England recorded the signals used by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2002 AFC Championship Game. In that contest, the paper says the footage has been edited to show Pittsburgh coaches calling plays, followed by two different camera angles of the actual plays that were signaled in. Walsh was employed by the Patriots from 1997 to 2003, and he will discuss with the league the team’s videotaping practices during his tenure with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on May 13th.
The Pats were caught videotaping signals used by the New York Jets during the first game of the regular season last year. The “Spygate” scandal cost the Patriots 250-thousand-dollars and their first-round pick in this year’s draft. Head coach Bill Belichick was also fined 500-thousand-dollars for the incident. Goodell said additional penalties could be levied after his meeting with Walsh.