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September 12, 2007
Del Rio implies more wrong-doing by Pats
Hey all --
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio -- who openly said his players should have speared Tom Brady after the Jags' game with New England last season -- was in front of a microphone again today and implied that that Patriots messed with his team's radio system during the 2005 playoffs.
"Our coach-to-quarterback system mysteriously malfunctioned the entire first half," Del Rio said today.
Jacksonville was flagged for two delay-of-game penalties in the first 20 minutes of that game.
Jags defensive end Paul Spicer said yesterday that the Patriots should lose a second- and third-round draft pick, be fined $2 million, and that the NFL should "do like the NCAA and kick them out of the playoffs or something. Put them on probation; they can't go to no playoff games. Roger Goodell has definitely enforced some new rules. He's been hard on players. Now let's see how hard he's going to be with a team."
Spicer acknowledged that players and teams have been trying to gain advantage for years, but that the Pats' alleged videotaping is over the line.
The NFL is reportedly investigating the number of radio frequencies the Patriots were using during Sunday's game with the Jets.
Posted by Shalise Manza Young at 9:13 PM | Permalink
Put the play calling back into the hands of the quarterback and the linebackers. If the calls have to come in from the sidelines then it's fair game. And if the people on the sidelines know people are stealing signs -- mix them up to their own advantage.
This controversy is a bunch of nonsense.
Andrew -- By and large, I'm with you on the hoopla surrounding this issue. Actually, the NFL Competition Committee pushed for radio receivers in linebackers' helmets (only one such player on the field at any time, like with QBs) earlier this year, but it fell two votes shy of approval. - smy
Posted by: Andrew Gagnon at September 12, 2007 9:54 PM
I don't think the Patriots have a monoply on espionage in the NFL. Knowing Belichick is a film fanatic I'm not at all surprised by all this. Intercepting or jamming radio frequencies might be a worse offense than the video camera. My hope is when the league investigates this, sees the whole picture, that the punishment will fit the crime. A lot of people are taking pot shots at the Patriots demanding serious punishment. Those are people who provenly can't beat them on the field with a football. Any disciplinary actions taken should fit the crime and not be used as a message to others who cheat at the Patriot's expense. The Pat's aren't guilty of what others do. Even hypocrit Mangini and others benefited from this business when they were with the Pat's, but are now kettles calling the pot black. The league is not innocent either. Last year the "league" cost the Patriots the Superbowl with horrible play calling and non-calls in the Colts game (as usual). The Pats didn't fine them or get compensated with draft picks when the league cheated against them. I hope Goodell considers that. But whatever happens, I really think this is going to light a fire like we've never seen underneath this team who will thrive on this "us against the world" thing yet again. This Patriots/Jets rivalry may turn into a Patriots/League thing this year. It's very interersting to anticipate how all this might turn out as the season progresses. This team is loaded with tallent, and this situation may just give them a major, major attitude. Rodney Harrison is not going to allow this to pass, let alone his own situation. Pity the Jets next time they meet (in NE) as it's likely to be really ugly. And Mangini, who got away with stealing the Patriots playbook and so much of Belichicks work won't be called "Mangenius" after the game. What he stole from Belichick and the Patriots cannot be compared to video on the sidelines. Mangini started this. He is a dirtbag thief who steals and scrapes the bottom, then tries to look like the choir boy. Fittingly, he ended up on the Jets, a team notorious for having no class. Now he's trying to steal draft picks from the very person who gave him the opportunity to become a head coach, the person he's been stealing from and disloyal to all along. He just keeps going back to the same cookie jar. Mangini is a perfect fit for the Jets.
Posted by: art at September 13, 2007 9:45 AM
Oh man, now we are finding out that everything that has gone wrong for the last several years can be attributed to Patriot cheating. I love all the retro blame. I suppose the country's recent economic problems and the Iraq war are a result of filming defensive signals. How about Del Rio just take blame for his own coaching and player problems and leave it at that.
Posted by: Tom at September 13, 2007 10:46 AM
Del Rio is a whiner. When equipment malfunctions,adjust what you're doing. Was his communications malfunctioning last week when Tennessee ran all over them to win a game no one thought they could? The Pats look to gain every advantage, just like EVERYONE else. And this week, they'll prove to the entire football world that San Diego is all mouth. And little LT...you have NO idea what you're in for this Sunday night!
Posted by: al carlton at September 13, 2007 10:52 AM
If my friend is correct who worked for the patriots on the sidelines back then said the mix up was due to the state police Frequency disrupting the signal and it was not intentional, and Jack Del Rio knows that. Hey Hack delrio Just SHUT UP.
Posted by: Ray at September 13, 2007 12:14 PM