. . . that jealousy / suspicion of the New England Patriots is worth a field goal or touchdown in every game
"The amount of real estate the Patriots occupy in so many people's heads has enough acreage to open up a maximum security prison to house the number of Ravens players who deserve to be locked up forever." - Alec Shane, writer for Pat's Pulpit
One game. One Patriots win. Out come the accusations.
The headsets go out for a while in Foxboro last night. The Steelers coaches are forced to listen to the local radio broadcast of the game in which they are playing over theirs, AND the Patriots communication is so bad, they considered replacing Tom Brady's helmet at one point.
Obviously, the Patriots must be cheating (sarcasm).
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin inferred that things like this happen all the time in Foxboro, but refused to elaborate when asked to be more specific. Note to Mike Tomlin: First, the NFL, NOT the Patriots, provides the communication gear for all games played, and second, when a similar communication snafu occurred in Pittsburgh, the Jets didn't go around and infer YOUR team had anything to do with it.
With the Steelers threatening to score a touchdown on third down at the one-yard line, the Patriots suddenly shift their entire defensive front during the Steelers pre-snap cadence, drawing two members of Pittsburgh's O-line offsides, and all of a sudden it's a six-yard trip to the endzone, which the Steelers would once again fail to find.
“I thought that there was a rule against that,” (Steelers QB Ben) Roethlisberger said. “Maybe there’s not. Maybe it’s just an unwritten rule. . . . We saw it on film, that the Patriots do that. They shift and slide and do stuff on the goal line, knowing that it’s an itchy trigger finger-type down there.”
Hint, Ben: There's no rule against it, unwritten or otherwise.
Earlier this week, ESPN (and one hour later, Sports Illustrated) came out with virtually similar articles accusing the Patriots of a litany of wrongdoing, dredging up the 2007 Spygate incident (where a memo from the NFL disguised as an actual rule was used to crucify the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick) for doing what everybody else had been doing, just from a different area. Then came the accusations of bugged visiting locker rooms, dumpster diving for discarded play sheets, room temperature Gatorade, the aforementioned headset communication issues, and virtually every other transgression known to mankind.
I think they were even accused of kidnapping the Lindbergh baby.
And just how many people were willing to go on the record in front of a camera or put their name to paper in making these accusations against the New England Patriots?
None. Zip. Nada. Zero. Zilch.
Talk about your Profiles in Courage . . .
I'm sorry, but if you're unwilling to speak publicly about something, whether it's football or a political opponent or just a co-worker, you're lying. In the case of the accusers of the New England Patriots, it's just sour grapes. Heck, the NFL has now changed rules so that the Patriots can't use them against teams who just aren't as smart or as well-coached as the New England Patriots are.
If you didn't watch "Do Your Job" on the NFL Network this week, you missed why the New England Patriots are the winningest football team since 2001, an incredible run of success never achieved in professional sports. A rare glimpse of Director of Football Research Ernie Allen is given, and he talks about how NO ONE does opposition research like the New England Patriots do. In short, the Patriots look like they know what your doing, not because they stole your playbook sheets or bugged your locker room, but because they watch your game film and game plan every look you give to other teams.
It's called - coaching. Which is why, until the beginning of this year, each and every coach and assistant coach on the New England Patriots have never been a profession football player - only a coach. Because Bill Belichick wants coaches to do what they do best - not former players wanting to relive their glory years.
All this is to back up what Alec Shane wrote last year - the Patriots are in the heads of 31 other NFL teams from the time the first coin is tossed until the end of the season, and every day in between. And that's got to be worth a field goal or touchdown in each and every game they play.
Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean we're NOT all out to get you . . . .
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