The story goes something like this.
Mike Pettine was formerly the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets under Rex Ryan. He mentioned to the mmqb.com that during Wes Welker’s wedding in 2012 Patriots QB Tom Brady told New York Jets outside linebacker coach, Mike Smith, that the Patriots “might” have some of New York’s defensive playbooks.
Pettine also said that Ryan often gave the playbooks “out like candy” including one to Alabama Crimson Tide head coach, Nick Saban, who everyone knows is good friends with Belichick.
The Patriots have been involved in a number of minor scandals over the years where they allegedly attempted to gain an “unfair” competitive advantage over their opponents.
In 2007 they were involved in what is now known as Spygate, in which both the Patriots and Belichick were fined for inappropriate videotaping of the competition. The $500,000 fine on Belichick was the highest allowed by the league and they subsequently were docked their #1 draft pick in the following NFL draft.
In 2001, an unnamed source close to the team stated that after their walk through at the Superdome one of the video personnel stayed behind and recorded the St Louis Rams walk through. A walk through is simply a team going over its plays without pads.
The New England Patriots are a premier team in the NFL and they have their share of detractors simply due to success, however stories continue to emerge regarding what the team is willing to do in order to succeed.
New England has been one of the most successful teams in the last 15 years, winning Super Bowls 2001, 2003 and 2004
Does winning take precedence over fair play and sportsmanship? Feel free to let me know your thoughts.