This is a weird story. A videographer for the New England Patriots was caught by NFL security shooting video of the defensive signals from the New York Jets’ coaches. Apparently, the Pats have been caught doing this before in their game last year against Green Bay.
Goodell is considering severe sanctions, including the possibility of docking the Patriots “multiple draft picks” because it is the competitive violation in the wake of a stern warning to all teams since he became commissioner, the sources said. The Patriots have been suspected in previous incidents.
It’s just odd. This is the best NFL franchise this decade, with three Super Bowl trophies. It’s hard to believe that videotaping defensive signals would have such a benefit as to propell the team to the heights they’ve reached the past six years, and that the payoff would be worth the risk. It’s also odd that they’ve been caught once before but continued to do it anyway when it seemed to be common knowledge among other teams that they did this kind of thing. The boys at ProFootballTalk.com has some more thoughts.