McAfee On Patriots: "Optically, It Just Looks Terrible"

Former Colts punter Pat McAfee shared his thoughts on the latest controversy surrounding the New England Patriots

Tiki and Tierney
December 11, 2019 - 12:22 pm

Former Colts punter Pat McAfee dropped by CBS Sports Radio to share his thoughts on the latest controversy surrounding the New England Patriots, who have been accused of spying by the Cincinnati Bengals. 

A Patriots production crew was caught filming the Bengals’ sideline during their 27-19 road loss to the Browns this past Sunday. The Patriots claim the production crew was filming content for a documentary series.

“Optically, it just looks terrible,” McAfee said on Tiki & Tierney. “For me, I was in that game where Deflategate allegedly happened, and I think it got blown way out of proportion. Nobody other than our roster wanted that Deflategate thing to disappear faster. Every time it got brought up, the only conversation was, ‘Who cares? They beat the Colts by 700 points.’ We had to relive that AFC Championship time and time again every time it was brought up, so we hated that.”

Whether the Patriots face discipline from the league remains to be seen. Whether they should face discipline might depend on your allegiance.

“If you’re outside of New England, you’re going to hate the New England Patriots anyway because of their success, because of all these asterisks, and you’re going to believe they’re cheaters regardless,” McAfee said. “For me, in 2019, I just don’t know how somebody wearing a Patriots polo and a Boston Bruins hockey sweater would think that they could walk into a press box and just start recording another team. I just don’t know how the Patriots – this cerebral and super intelligent operation from top to bottom – would think that that was the right move.”

McAfee, who played for the Colts from 2009 to 2016, doesn’t think the Patriots intentionally spied on the Bengals.

“I take them for what they say: that they didn’t know and it wasn’t for football purposes,” he said. “This is obviously a mistake to think that they could film that representing the Patriots, which is just dumb. Optically, it looks terrible, but I don’t think they were trying to steal signals from the Bengals.”

The Bengals’ record (1-12), by the way, should have no bearing on what the league does or doesn’t do in response to these allegations.

“You would assume if they did it to the Bengals, they did it to other teams,” McAfee said. “But in my eyes, I think optically it looks bad, but I don’t think it was something where they were trying to steal signals, especially with what had happened in the past.”