Originally Posted by Thomas
Notwithstanding my conviction that there are no saints in professional sports (Excepting my beloved Spurs), I wanted to see the Pats win for Junior Seau and for Randy Moss in particular who seems to have really cleaned up his act for this team. Belichick and Brady, well, they've got enough rings now and I won't shed a tear for them. Then there's that perfect season thing.
Yeah, I love how people single out the Pats for videotaping signals, as if they were the only ones doing it. Lots of teams videotape the opposing teams defensive signals. (they usually do it from the booth though, not from the field). "Stealing signals" to where it would have any impact in any one game in the NFL is ridiculously hard. Why? A: Teams change signals all the time because they know their tendencies are being watched and recorded. B:To steal signals, you would have to find all of the signalers, of which there are about a half dozen or so people signaling on every play, record every play, compare it to the signals, and hope to find a pattern with one of the signalers. Then they could apply it to gameplay, and maybe be able to tell when the Jets were blitzing, when they weren't, and things like that. But if anything, it would only be effective the second game vs someone in any given season, and only assuming that the other team isn't changing their signals between game one and two. C: Why is it only defensive signals being "stolen"? The offensive plays are relayed without signaling at all
. The QB gets the play directly from the booth radioed into his helmet. So, if teams are lazy and don't change their signals, the second time you play them in a season, if you record every play, record every signal, have someone try and extrapolate a correlation between the myriad of signals being shown and the defensive alignments being run, you MIGHT be able to accurately predict what the defensive line and linebackers are going to do in a situation. It wouldn't help any in regards to the linebackers, corners and safeties in coverage. The best possible scenario is that you'd have a good idea who would be blitzing and who would be dropping back on a given play. Granted, that can be a pretty big advantage - but hey - thats why people do it. There are cameras recording the opposing sideline in every stadium. Its just "illegal" to do it from the field level. I'm not trying to make excuses for the Pats, they got caught "cheating". I just find it sort of ridiculous that recording the sideline from the field is illegal, while recording it from the booth or the stands is not.