New England Patriots’ Continued Success Makes Spygate a Moot Point

February 6, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It was one of the biggest media stories of the decade. The Patriots had cheated their way to three Super Bowl titles, taping opponents' coaching signals and using them to gain unfair advantages in games.
During the time in question, the Patriots were caught taping the defensive hand signals of opposing coaches, decoding them, and using this information to figure out what defense the opponent was running.
Once the opposing defense is known, an offensive play can be called that takes advantage of the weakness in the defense.
This implies a couple of things:
1. Spygate had no impact on the Patriots own defense. The plays are called through the quarterback headset, without using any hand signals from the coaching staff. This means that any advantage that the Patriots obtained would have been through their own offense.
2. The team doesn't see the film until after the game because there is simply too much that coaches and players have to do during the course of the g...

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