During the New England Patriots romp over the lowly Jets it was discovered that a member of the Pats staff was videotaping the Jets defensive signals, which is apparently against NFL rules. The Commissioner of the NFL, sources say, will significantly punish the Patriots for this, which may include the elimination of draft picks. Pats coach Bill Belicheck issued a vague apology yesterday for the whole episode.
The Patriots have attained the rare distinction of being an NFL dynasty in recent years, winning three out of the last five Super Bowls. But according to an ESPN poll many people feel that the video-taping scheme will diminish the Pats' greatness, which is not surprising because a lot of people resent the Pats' success (basically fans of all the other teams in the NFL).
However, was what the Patriots did really all that bad? Is it any different than stealing signs in a baseball game, which happens all the time? Isn't everything on the football field videotaped in today's game anyway? Are the sidelines/opposing coaches off-limits?
Coaches are aware of this, or should be. That's why they are always covering their mouths when they are calling plays into their headsets. And isn't it pretty stupid to use hand signals when the technology is there to mike plays into players' helmets?