Spygate: More Radio Communications Issues

by Johnny
(Boston)

Regarding: Goodell Seeks Harsher Spying Penalties
March 8th, 2008

Here we go again, another case in point that Spygate is really all about the radio communications.

I read with great interest that the new procedures implemented by the NFL addressed COMMUNICATION DEVICES. “Competition committee members also suggested Friday that the memo is less about Spygate than it is about finding a way to keep up with advances in technology.

“When we met with commissioner, the discussion was how we proceed in an era when technology is expanding exponentially,” Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian said. “The question is how do we keep on top of that. This is far less about what happened in the past and how we deal with it in the future.”

“Enforcement would include spot checks of team offices, including locker rooms, coaches’ booths and in-stadium communication systems and equipment as well as “enhanced monitoring of team practices.”

I mean, the defensiveness relative to the unanswered questions regarding radio communications is stunning. These guys can’t help from falling over themselves. To paraphrase what Polian was really saying: “We are focusing on the future, because we were asleep at the switch regarding the Patriot’s past use of technology.”

The radio cover-up gains credibility with each statement or media dodge by the NFL. The Patriots and the NFL set up the videotaping as their “firewall” against the media firestorm resulting from the cheating.

As outlined in my earlier post (Radio Communication is Real Spygate), I believe that the last second radio communications via the QB radio set is what really gave power to the intercepted signals (with a power assist from Ernie Adams who was monitoring it all). Most of that communication took place during the 15 seconds preceding the rundown of the play clock. While those communications would ordinarily be precluded by the shut off of the official NFL radio frequency for those 15 seconds, the Patriots were using ANOTHER frequency that could not be shut off and could not be monitored by NFL technicians. In this context, the stolen defensive signals take on a whole new dynamic which the NFL certainly didn’t want to address publicly.

Yet the Patriots were still a step ahead of the NFL technology whizzes. That’s why they set up a their own “firewall”… just in case anyone caught on to their cheating. They decided to mess with the authorized frequencies from time to time.

Sure, the NFL might have questions and even turn off BOTH teams’ official frequencies from time to time as a result of such interference. However, it also serves as great SUBTERFUGE and firewall protection if the use of alternative frequencies was ever questioned by the NFL. The Pats could simply say that the official frequencies weren’t reliable and their techs simply wanted to make sure the other team wasn’t getting an unfair advantage.

Sounds speculative? You’re damn right, and I’m sure parts of it are off the mark. However, I wonder whether it would seem all that Machiavellian to Ernie Adams and Sneaky Bill.

The press needs to keep working on this and I have confidence that they will. The NFL isn’t going to make it an easy story, but their and the Patriot’s bungling are undoubtedly cultivating it to become a bigger one.

PS- Based on Arlen’s Specters most recent statements today, he’s not buying into Roger’s game.

— Posted by Johnny



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Mar 09, 2008
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Very interesting
by: Anonymous

I want to know more, but I don't know how we'll ever find out. It's funny how the press is focused on videotaping and there's little written about the QB helmet radio allegations.

Aug 06, 2009
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validation of information
by: Ricky L

where did u get this information? it is very interesting but seems rather your own personal opinion.for example, when i read bill polian's comment it did not paraphrase that easily into your version. could u post the articles where u found this info? a bibliography?

Aug 09, 2009
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by: Johnny

There is no bibliography; I'm not prosecting a case or practicing journalism. I mentioned in an earlier posting that a lot of of this was speculation so please don't hold me to a standard that few do in these comments.

The key element was a statement by Dan LeBatard of ESPN who reported that Doug Flutie has expressed surprised after his first game as a Patroit backup that his helmet was receiving messages after the NFL's prescribed 20 second cutoff before the play clock expired. There have been other published reports about NFL teams complaining about irregularities in the use of radio frequencies at Foxborough. I don't have specific sources to cite, but they were frequent at the time that Spygate was being reported.

Lebatard went dark on this comment and never repeated it. Flutie probably didn't realize the controversy he was creating and never commented publicly. I suspect the Patriots "coached" him on the subject.

My commment was intended to provoke a response from one of the involved parties or more realistically, motivate a journalist to follow up on the story.

To this day, I wonder why the NFL included electronic communications equipment in their reform package in Spygate's aftermath. I wonder why Kraft never fully addressed some of the issues raised in the NFL report. I wonder why the Patriots were so intent on stealing defensive signals if it was so difficult to utilize the information gained therefrom. I wonder what Ernie Adams role in team management is and has been. I wonder why so many teams in the league seem to think the Patriots seemed to have some sort of an advantage.

There's an old saying thatsunlight is the best antiseptic. This situation requires sunlight. And I'll stop speculating when someone in the know starts answering these questions directly.

Nov 21, 2010
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Speculation
by: Ricky L

Well then, you should probaly stop speculating then. Post something educational, an article with Polian talking in it, but don't conjure up a ridiculous scenario in an effort to make the video-taping sinister when it really isn't

Nov 21, 2010
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More questions than answers
by: Anonymous

Believe what you want to believe. I think the issue here is not the speculation but the possible coverup. The author was pretty clear about the speculative nature of his post.

The real issue is the fact that very little has been addressed by the Patriots or the NFL regarding the issues regarding radio communications. At the same time, radio communications were a substantive aspect of the NFL reforms.

Roger Goodell is big on cleaning up player conduct in the NFL. This issue involves the owners and his own investigation raised unanswered questions. What gives, Sheriff Roger?

Sep 09, 2015
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2015 Sameold Sameold...Pats still cheating!
by: Anonymous

You have to admire their (Belicheat & Krafty) persistence...their motto if you "aint cheatin...you aint tryin" ...Well they sure are trying. Now we find that in 2009 NFL was aware of more than 40 (helmet radio frequency interception instances of Spygate type activities, but wanted to put it to rest quickly to save the league a bigger black eye.Sound familiar..2015 appears to be have more deflate gate evidence (see Ravens suspicions) than just AFC Championship game.

Sep 13, 2015
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by: Johnny

Regarding "Now we find that in 2009 NFL was aware of more than 40 (helmet radio frequency interception instances of Spygate type activities, but wanted to put it to rest quickly to save the league a bigger black eye."

I had not seen this reported previously... Can you provide a link to the report?

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