From: Wonderful World
Once again, I will say that I think this situation with the Patriots is about as unique as the Wolves signing Joe Smith and Mike Tice scalping tickets. Or the 49ers circumventing the salary cap at the end of their run.
I present this repost as evidence: Read the part about the best guy at stealing signals is an ex-Shottenheimer guy currently on Dungy's staff, Howard Mudd. Open this box and the Vikings might be able to make a case for deserving to be awarded a Super Bowl Trophy after all the other teams have to turn theirs back in.
Exerp from interview:
2008Jimmy Johnson thinks Spygate is overblownPosted by John Tomase at 10:58 am We originally posted this WFAN interview as having been conducted during Super Bowl week. It actually dates back to September. Regardless, it’s still interesting to note how commonplace former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson feels the use of cameras is by NFL teams. He admits he used them to steal signs all the time.Q: How about the spying thing Jimmy. You’re a coach does that bother you what Belichick did?JJ: Oh please. I’ve said it on our show. Eighteen years ago a scout for the Chiefs told me what they did, and he said what you need to do is just take your camera and you go and zoom in on the signal caller and that way you can sync it up. The problem is that if they’re not on the press box side you can’t do it from the press box, you have to do it from the sideline. This was 18 years ago.Q: You think the NFL came down too hard on them?JJ: No, no, I said it on the show. He was wrong for doing it for the simple reason that the league knew this was going on not just in New England but around the league. And the league sent out the memorandum to all of the teams saying you cannot do this. And so that’s when Bill Belichick was wrong. After he got the memorandum saying don’t do it any more, he did it.Q: Did you ever steal signals?JJ: Oh in a heartbeat, yeah. Yes I did.Q: Via video, Jimmy? Or no?JJ: Oh yeah, I did it with video and so did a lot of other teams in the league. Just to make sure that you could study it and take your time, because you’re going to play the other team the second time around. But a lot of coaches did it, this was commonplace.Q: But did you do it by taping the signal caller?JJ: Yeah.Q: Oh you did.JJ: That’s what I’m saying. I was saying one of Marty Schottenheimer’s scouts, Mark Hatley, who has passed away now, Mark told me that’s how they did it, and Howard Mudd their offensive line coach with Kansas City, who now coaches for Tony Dungy, he was the best in the entire league at stealing signals.Q: Where’d you put your guy who was videotaping? Where was he?JJ: My guy was up with my camera crew in the press box. So you’d just put an extra camera up with your camera crew in the press box who zoomed in on the signal callers. That’s the best way to do it, but anyway you can’t always do that because the press box camera crew might be on the same side as the opposing team. If they’re on the same side as the opposing team that’s when you need to do it from the sideline.
I know the news is slow, but we would have a better chance of proving the communication cheating, done by the Giants in 2001 NFC Chpmshp game as the reason we lost 41-0. Remember there those who leaked that the Giants were listening in to all our coaches, then anything substantial coming out of this.
Every team is believed to have tried to steal signals, this was Eric M. ratting out Bill B, cause he is just as big a puke as his mentor. I don't hear anyone else within the NFL crying for justice. It is called glass houses, folks.
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