NFL Analyst: Why Does This Keep Happening To The Patriots?

The Patriots' latest videotaping controversy is "a little sketchy," Ryan Wilson says

Taz and the Moose
December 12, 2019 - 9:18 am
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The New England Patriots are in the midst of a second videotaping controversy, as they have been accused of spying on the Cincinnati Bengals. The Patriots sent an independent contractor to Cleveland to shoot film of an advance scout during the Browns/Bengals game, and the cameraman reportedly spent a lot of time filming the Bengals coaching staff.

The Patriots (10-3), of course, play the Bengals (1-12) this Sunday in Cincinnati.

Hmm, very interesting.

“Look, if this was the Buffalo Bills, no one would care,” CBS Sports HQ NFL analyst Ryan Wilson said on Taz & The Moose. “It’s just a pattern we’ve seen over more than a decade now. Part of me believes Bill Belichick. He’s said now on three different occasions, ‘Look, we have nothing to do with the video crew. We had nothing to do with this.’ But the other part of me historically has seen what has happened and what they’ve done and you’re like, ‘How is this this difficult? How does this keep happening just to you and no one else?’”

Yes, from Spygate to Deflategate, the Patriots have been no stranger to controversy over the years. After nine Super Bowl appearances – and six Super Bowl titles – one must wonder how the Patriots continue to find themselves in the NFL crosshairs.

“You’re the best coach in the NFL, you have the best quarterback in the NFL, you have the best defense in the NFL,” Wilson said. “You guys can win without having to sort of find the gray area, and you keep finding the gray area.”

There was reportedly a confrontation between the cameraman and Bengals security, with the cameraman allegedly requesting that the footage be deleted.

“When the guy taking the video, who apparently was contracted, says to the security person in the press box, ‘Hey, man, let’s just delete this video and forget it all ever happened,’ that, to me, is sort of a red flag,” Wilson said. “A little sketchy. It’s weird. I just don’t understand what they’re doing. I’ll be interested to see how the NFL decides to punish them if they do.”