This week’s NFL news investigating the Patriots for competitive misconduct, this time for a Bengals-Browns game recording, has brought to mind a franchise accusation story dating back more than a decade.
Fair or not, New England’s six-win Super Bowl win in 18 seasons has been met with intense criticism and suspicion from opponents. The team cites the challengers as an incentive for continued success. But many of the key controversies of one of the best dynasties in NFL history remain misunderstood.
Here is a historical overview of each of the major Patriots-related incidents under Bill Belichick – some proved harmless or not even illegal, others more irrational.
DECORCY: The Patriots face a credibility problem
2001 AFC sectional playoff game: Tuck Rule sends home raiders
To be clear: New England did nothing wrong here. However, for some NFL fans, the controversial AFC round that calls for the call wins over the Raiders, who were born against the team that continues in 2019.
The Patriots entered the competition led by then-unknown coach Tom Brady, still trying to claim a tangled AFC field. They looked like a quick playoff run when Brady appeared to go crazy with less than two minutes left and the Raiders 13-10. The video review doubted that his attempt to pull the ball back to his body (or push it) was an incomplete pass rather than a turnover, as defined by the rules book at the time.
The call did not immediately lead the NFL to change its rules on what constitutes a flickback quarterback vs. unfinished passage. However, in 2013, the tartar rule was finally abolished.
Spygate scandal 2007
The New England signal theft was discovered during a 2007 regular season game against the Jets. Video camera and video game assistant Matt Estrella were seized by NFL security personnel, and the team admitted the disorder this week. Further investigation by the NFL revealed handwritten diagrams of the Steelers’ defensive linemen at the New England headquarters, which according to ESPN included notes used in the 2001 AFC Championship Game, won by the Patriots, 24-17.
The NFL tied Belichick the maximum amount under NFL regulations ($ 50,000), imposed a $ 250,000 fine on the Patriots and took a first-round pick in 2008. No one was postponed.
Part of what made Spygate such a great story was false allegations of patriotic acts before the Super Bowl 36 against the Rams. The Boston Herald published and eventually withdrew a report that New England filmed the St. Louis summary. While there was no basis for the allegation, the incorrect reference has remained and has damaged the team’s reputation.
MORE: The true story of Spygate and Super Bowl 36
The falsified claims to report 2014 injuries
After becoming free agents, two former Patriots players in 2014 claimed to have received false names of injuries during their time in New England.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes said his knee wound position shortly before the playoffs was false. He felt he could easily play through the subject and that the team wanted an excuse to keep him off the field.
“The team’s decision to put Brandon on injured reserve was not a mutual decision, nor should it be,” Gary Uberstine’s agent said at the time. “Brandon had every intention of continuing to play in all the playoffs, despite the pain he suffered throughout the season. We never had a conversation with the Patriots, threatening to release him if he did not accept the injury.
Cornerback Aqib Talib, meanwhile, said the determination of a hip injury in 2013 was incorrect. He claimed that his foursome was the real source of pain, but said “that’s how things are done” in relation to patriots.
2014 AFC Sectional Playoff Game: Lovely Ravens Aperture Formation
Like the government race, the Patriots did nothing illegal here. Instead, one could argue that it was an excellent example of team inventiveness and understanding of the manual.
In a 35-31 consecutive triumph over the Ravens, Belichick cheated Baltimore by hiding an appropriate receiver as an attack on the scrimmage line by placing an ineligible receiver into the slot. Three times, the installation shifted the chains, overturning Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
“Maybe these guys need to study the rule book and understand it,” Brady told reporters. “We obviously knew what we were doing and we had some great games. It was a really good weapon for us.”
After the season, the NFL changed its rules to make it illegal for an offensive player to carry a number that can be described as ineligible and aligned.
2014 AFC Championship game: Deflategate scandal begins
From a 45-7 championship game to the AFC Championship, came a strange story based on the New England case, which deliberately skinned players against Indianapolis to help General Tom Brady and then cover the figures.
An initial report said Colts Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson felt one of the soccer balls snagged for a spy was under-inflated, and warned his training staff to then inform the league. Jackson later refused to come to that conclusion, and Indianapolis never publicly acknowledged who first noticed the ball’s air pressure.
NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash and Plenipotentiary Ted Wells led a 14-week investigation into the matter, eventually compiling a 243-page report on their findings. This investigation concluded that it was “more likely than not” that the patriots deliberately used sneaky soccer balls. They also wrote that Brady was probably at least generally aware of the alleged plot. Following the report, the NFL suspended Brady for four games, fined the Patriots $ 1 million, and tied the franchise to two drafts.
New England, which has strongly denied accusations throughout the investigation process, posted a detailed statement on a website that created it disputes every point of the NFL report.
While the Patriots finally received their own punishment, Brady continued to postpone his suspension, and after the NFL upheld his sentence, he took the championship to court. The case appealed to the US Supreme Court of Appeals, which ruled that the suspension of four games was valid. More than one and a half years after the charges were filed, Brady dropped out of his case and opted not to appeal to the Supreme Court.
2015 Headphones malfunction Steelers rage
In the first game of the 2015 season, the Steelers’ headphones malfunctioned during a fight against the Patriots in Foxboro, leading to charges of intentional slaughter by the Pittsburgh camp. The Steelers coaches showed that their sound was confused by the New England radio broadcast, which weakened communication.
It wasn’t the first time a team was suspicious of the Patriots messing with their equipment at Gillette Stadium, but because the 2015 game was a prime time and in the middle of the Deflategate saga, it drew extra attention.
The NFL saw the issue as a result of technical malfunction and bad weather. Despite Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s apparent irritation with New England after the game, Pittsburgh made no formal complaint to the league and the matter dropped.
2019 game watch trick reveals rule violation
Here’s another example of the Patriots finding a gap in the rule book, this time against the Jets this season. New England led 33-0 when it realized it could get a fourth game delay, refuse to keep the clock moving and get a deliberate false start to run a total of one minute and 22 seconds off without to break the ball.
Belichick did nothing illegal and was not harmed by the high profit margin. It was pretty funny, though.
“It was just the way the rules are set up,” Belichick told reporters: “We were able to run very little time without having to do anything. This is probably a gap that will close and maybe be closed, but it’s open right now. “
MORE: Did the Patriots get the Bengals filming?
2019 Bengals Video Scandal
All this brings us to the latest Patriots clash, which the team called a big misconception, but the NFL is still investigating.
On December 8, 2019, a week before New England was paired with the Bengals, it was found in the Bengals-Browns video game press box containing extensive footage of the Cincinnati line. While the Patriots said the production crew was there to shoot one day in life a feature of an advanced scout for their “Do Your Job” series, they acknowledged that they didn’t inform the Bengals or the NFL ahead of time about the plan and that ” they detected the field inappropriately “.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that he does not know when the championship investigation will be completed and that his priority is to be thorough. When asked if previous New England incidents would be taken into account during the investigation, Goodell said “of course”.