Bill Belicheck offered the most lawyered-up explanation of taping, or not, the 2002 Super Bowl Rams’ pre-game walk-through.
This is from the AP piece published at ESPN.com, and linked above:
Belichick told The Boston Globe that in his entire coaching career, he has never seen recordings of another team’s practice before playing that team.
Man. He’s never seen recordings of a practice before playing a team. Did any of his coaches see these tapes? He certainly didn’t say the tapes don’t exist, or that the Patriots didn’t use them in some fashion. And isn’t recording other team’s practices verboten regardless when those recordings are utilized?
If these allegations are true, Belicheck ought to be banned from the NFL for life.
This pussy-foot denial makes me tend to believe Belicheat’s doing a total CYA and deserves everything Goodell hands out. If Goodell has the cojones for it. My respect for the NFL’s front office has fallen by bounds and leaps this season.
(Find part one here.)