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Belichick used the Pro Bowl to seek information from Reggie Wayne

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At his press conference on the day after the Patriots’ season-ending loss to the Jets, Bill Belichick scoffed at a question about whether his status as coach of the AFC Pro Bowl team could give him any opportunities to scout players during Pro Bowl practices.

But it turns out that Belichick did, in fact, try to gather a little intelligence from an opposing player during a Pro Bowl practice.

Our friend Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com passes along this tidbit from “Patriots All-Access,” which featured footage of Belichick mic’d up at the Pro Bowl: At one point during a Pro Bowl practice, Belichick approached Colts receiver Reggie Wayne to ask what happened on the regular-season play when New England safety James Sanders intercepted Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to seal a 31-28 Patriots win.

“On that play at the end of our game, did his arm get hit, or did we make it?” Belichick asked Wayne.

Apparently Belichick had spent the previous couple of months wondering whether rookie outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham deserved credit for hitting Manning’s arm on the pass, and the all-22 film that Belichick watched didn’t show that definitively.

It’s interesting that Belichick asked Wayne, not Manning, that question. I guess that’s just the sneaky way Belichick does things.

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62 Responses to “Belichick used the Pro Bowl to seek information from Reggie Wayne”
  1. ny82jy says: Feb 19, 2011 7:58 AM

    Haha cheater!! Not surprising to hear at all

  2. stfunowplease says: Feb 19, 2011 8:05 AM

    The sneaky way Belichick does things? Slow day today? What a complete non story.

  3. walleyewall says: Feb 19, 2011 8:06 AM

    once a fraud always a fraud

  4. canetic says: Feb 19, 2011 8:11 AM

    What was Wayne’s answer?

  5. n2thaizzo says: Feb 19, 2011 8:12 AM

    Who cares if he asked Wayne, Manning, Polian, the fan with seats on the 30 yard line, the referee, or anybody else that saw it? What difference does it make?

  6. gopats23 says: Feb 19, 2011 8:12 AM

    Sensationalized misleading headline. He asked an opinion on a play where both people where there when it happened, so you see it as an opportunity to stir the pot.

    I guess football people are only supposed to talk about off season plans at the pro bowl.

    This is the trash that soils a lot of your good reporting.

  7. chief4ever says: Feb 19, 2011 8:13 AM

    Who cares!

  8. grpatriot says: Feb 19, 2011 8:14 AM

    Pathetic….Maybe he was trying to update his hurries, hits stats??? When are you people going to learn? Belichick is detail oriented.
    How this translates to being sneaky (cheating) is a very long stretch…

  9. bowlhounds says: Feb 19, 2011 8:16 AM

    the only thing worse than this non-story is now we’ll be forced to listen to all the haters crawl from the woodwork. OMG he actually asked a player his opinion on a play ooooooooooooo this will most asuredly cause the end of the nfl as we know it. The media and it’s constant use of non story no use material is a joke

  10. Davo says: Feb 19, 2011 8:17 AM

    I think he knew that, no matter what the truth, Manning would take the blame himself.

  11. Davo says: Feb 19, 2011 8:17 AM

    p.s., yeah, you *really* are reaching for a story here.

  12. ny82jy says: Feb 19, 2011 8:21 AM

    Belicheat bein Belicheat !!

  13. toe4 says: Feb 19, 2011 8:21 AM

    Dudes…

    The story is being ironic in a sarcastic way.

    PT Barnum was correct.

  14. packattack1967 says: Feb 19, 2011 8:29 AM

    Another reason why this guy belongs on the ‘most hated men in sports’ list. What a puke.

  15. soaringelvis says: Feb 19, 2011 8:30 AM

    Belichick has never asked a question that he didn’t know the answer to. What profession does that?

    And he never answered a question without putting a little question in your mind…if you got one.

  16. ny82jy says: Feb 19, 2011 8:32 AM

    He should have went and asked the jets on the team what they did to shut down Brady and the rest of his team in the playoff game..

  17. pattunya says: Feb 19, 2011 8:35 AM

    How do you turn a non-story into a story? Put it on PFT. I’m really surprised at Michael Smith. He was a decent sports writer in Boston previously…..You say sneaky. I say smart.

  18. bertilfox says: Feb 19, 2011 8:42 AM

    Gee, usually your anti-Patriot bias is a little more thinly veiled than this. Not much, but a little…

  19. tantrim says: Feb 19, 2011 8:43 AM

    Trying to cause trouble, huh? So he asked a question about a play, so what?

  20. tinopuno says: Feb 19, 2011 8:43 AM

    And in another news report of even greater importance: “WORKMEN SCRAPE RUST FROM SHIP’S HULL”

  21. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 19, 2011 8:48 AM

    So what? What’s the big deal?
    Just sounds like two football guys talking football to me.

    Your headline implied espionage.
    Big surprise.

  22. alanschech says: Feb 19, 2011 8:52 AM

    If there are Belichick haters out there, being as big a Jets fan as I am I would be president of that group, but….
    this really is a non-story
    It’s not like he tried to get inside information. He asked the guy’s opinion about a play.

    I hate Belichick and always will, but this is even less of a story that Sanchez and the 17 year old.

  23. j0esixpack says: Feb 19, 2011 9:12 AM

    This clearly, was Belichick’s prime mission from the start… pry strategic information from Reggie Wayne behind Manning’s back so they can use it against the Colts in the future

    Either that or the question just spur of the moment popped into Belichick’s mind and he asked Wayne the question since he was right there and probably jogged Belichick’s memory about the play in the first place

    Slow news day?

  24. pack15forever says: Feb 19, 2011 9:12 AM

    This is a ridiculous story with a very misleading headline. What was so terrible about Belichick’s question? You guys in the media love to stir the pot and create controversy where there isn’t any.

  25. joelvis72 says: Feb 19, 2011 9:28 AM

    “In a stunning example of coaching, Belichick uses Pro Bowl to gain information from Reggie Wayne.” I would be surprised if an NFL head coach did NOT do the same thing.

  26. malgorthewarrior says: Feb 19, 2011 9:43 AM

    wow. most misleading headline i’ve ever seen.

    he asked him whether a play was caused by an arm getting hit or not. he didn’t ask him what the routes were supposed to be, what the protection scheme was, or anything else related to the inside workings of an offense. he asked him if his linebacker hit manning’s arm……

    “seeking information” implies information about the inner-workings of a team. can’t believe i wasted 20 seconds typing this.

  27. packerman13 says: Feb 19, 2011 9:43 AM

    Who cares? Really reaching for a story here. Must be running thin on Favre stories.

  28. wikidpissah says: Feb 19, 2011 9:50 AM

    Congratulations on a new low for this site. You’ve established yourself as the sports version of “The National Star.”

    It was a casual sideline conversation. No matter what Wayne’s answer, it would not have helped the Patriots.

    “It’s interesting that Belichick asked Wayne, not Manning, that question. I guess that’s just the sneaky way Belichick does things.”

    Maybe it was because Wayne was the one standing next to him?

  29. goriidskiiin says: Feb 19, 2011 10:00 AM

    WHOA everyone on here! The guy asked Reggie Wayne a question at the Pro Bowl. Not a big deal at all. I am not a Pats fan but I am not one of those sissy people that hates them just because they are awesome…every year. Honestly, why is this a news story???

  30. august1969 says: Feb 19, 2011 10:16 AM

    what are they supposed to discuss? Restaurant reservations? Location of their second homes?

  31. wte1 says: Feb 19, 2011 10:16 AM

    Thanks for wasting two minutes of my life MDS.

  32. brutus9448 says: Feb 19, 2011 10:19 AM

    winning at all cost

  33. skoobyfl says: Feb 19, 2011 10:29 AM

    Belicheat: Did your mom have any other kids that lived Reggie ??

    Reggie: You obviously were aborted but somehow lived, you evil soul you.

  34. donterrelli says: Feb 19, 2011 10:37 AM

    Isn’t Reggie Wayne now an unrestricted free agent? Maybe Bellicheck is scouting Wayne instead of looking to the draft for another WR…

  35. ampats says: Feb 19, 2011 10:45 AM

    ny82jy asks,

    why Belichick didn’t ask how the jets defense shut down the Patriots?

    Answer, he would have except Revis was on the phone with Mark Sanchez while Sanchez was sitting in his car waiting for his 17 year old girlfriend to get out of class at Greenwich High School at the time.

  36. hooterdawg says: Feb 19, 2011 10:59 AM

    We can tell from the comment ratings how many no-real-life Patriot fans live on the internet.

  37. Canyonero says: Feb 19, 2011 11:04 AM

    I’d hope my coach would do the exact same thing. It’s not cheating! It’s gathering information. If Wayne refused to answer (and I don’t know what he said??), that in itself is good info.

  38. tubal22 says: Feb 19, 2011 11:06 AM

    Sheesh. I’m done getting my “news” from PFT.

  39. satanphoenix says: Feb 19, 2011 11:38 AM

    “It’s interesting that Belichick asked Wayne, not Manning, that question. I guess that’s just the sneaky way Belichick does things.”

    To arrive at this conclusion just shows the reporter is one of the dumbest on the planet.

    How does he know that Belichek didn’t ask Manning? Or perhaps Manning didn’t make himself available for Belichek to ask. Or maybe Belichek knows Manning wouldn’t answer the question or if he did ask not to trust Mannings answer and followed up with Wayne?

  40. youboettcha says: Feb 19, 2011 11:38 AM

    Maybe if he found out Jermaine Cunningham hit Peyton’s arm which cause an INT, he’d tell his players to do that on every play.

  41. bpfma says: Feb 19, 2011 11:46 AM

    Yes he’s extremely sneaky;) If you knew the back ground you’d see that BB knew ahead of time that he would be mic’d up for the show. It wasn’t a lucky shot by NFL films he knew that he’d be mic’d up for the show so there was nothing sneaky about it. Check out http://www.patriots.com for the entire clip and background story.

  42. kindbass says: Feb 19, 2011 11:49 AM

    The headline should read:

    BELICHICK ASKS WAYNE A QUESTION AT THE PRO BOWL

  43. iluvthisgame says: Feb 19, 2011 11:52 AM

    WOW must be really slow on the news huh..

    Most useless story I have seen on this site in months, almost makes me miss the Favre retirement drama, I said ALMOST.

    Not like he was tryin gto find out who was wanting to be traded or anything like that. Just on the last play did Manning’s arm get hit BIG FRIGGIN DEAL!!!!!!!!

    Please report on something that matters or dont put anything up.

  44. PFTiswhatitis says: Feb 19, 2011 11:55 AM

    “It’s interesting that Belichick asked Wayne, not Manning, that question. I guess that’s just the sneaky way Belichick does things.”

    Yeah that’s real sneaky. This is just another lowly MDS post. Garbage.

  45. gopats51 says: Feb 19, 2011 11:55 AM

    I read this site all the time and there is always great information. However, this is the most misleading headline I’ve seen on this site. And to call Belichick “sneaky” for this is comical. I feel like you should change this headline to make it reflect the story. And thanks to all the non Pats fans for calling the auhor out on this. Belichick has done some “sneaky” things in the past and has deserved to get called out on them. But this was not one of them.

  46. chazzmon says: Feb 19, 2011 12:00 PM

    Can’t stand Belichick, can’t stand the Pats, can’t understand why this is story? I wish he was cheating again, so he’d lose some of his draft picks, but how does he gain a competitive advantage by knowing the answer?

  47. mrpizzle says: Feb 19, 2011 12:02 PM

    PFT, its the stories like this one that make me wonder why I continue to follow.

  48. benberger says: Feb 19, 2011 12:03 PM

    MDS is a putz.

  49. rayguyreturns says: Feb 19, 2011 12:05 PM

    And now this story from “The View”…..

  50. CKL says: Feb 19, 2011 12:07 PM

    NY82JY sets the bar even lower…hey dude, if you wanna talk about who has been “Caught actually cheating” more recently it’s YOUR coaching staff.
    The fact you are still taunting after the beatdown your team administered to the Pats in the playoffs shows you still fear ‘em though….good on ya! :D

  51. freedomispopular says: Feb 19, 2011 12:16 PM

    Why not just ask Jermaine Cunningham?

  52. benberger says: Feb 19, 2011 12:16 PM

    You can watch this clip over at Patriots.com … it’s pretty interesting, and there’s not the least bit furtive.

  53. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 19, 2011 12:42 PM

    This “story” is borderline libel.

  54. moth25 says: Feb 19, 2011 12:53 PM

    PFT needs to to include a rating mechanism for each article…would prove much more valuable than the rating for each comment.

  55. dryheaveone says: Feb 19, 2011 1:03 PM

    D’OH!!!….dat Bill Belicheat a bad man, very,very bad man…He try to get top secret information from Reggie Wayne…..D’OH! what will NFL do to Belicheat?…I say fine him 2 billion dollar and forfeit all draft pick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. 420fan says: Feb 19, 2011 1:18 PM

    Matt Walsh is Jealous

  57. bigdogg34 says: Feb 19, 2011 1:51 PM

    Its like the old saying… “If you can’t beat the Jets, CHEAT!”

  58. seanmmartin says: Feb 19, 2011 2:01 PM

    Sneaky way?

    How about he asked the player that was involved with the play the entire way…

    Manning made several reads before he threw the ball. Just because he has the ball the whole time doesn’t mean he knows whats going on the entire play at each position.

    Belichick approached Wayne because Wayne is a good player, a smart player, who could inform him of what happened on the play.

    I ran my route. I was knocked off my route. I made a route-read. We were looking for a soft spot, but missed a zone-read.

    Manning couldn’t tell you all that, but Wayne could, because Wayne was involved with the play the entire play.

  59. stupadassle says: Feb 19, 2011 2:06 PM

    Funny how the pattsies had the mvp, coach of the year, offense line of the year and it took them until 18 seconds to go in the 3rd quarter to get into the end zone against the Jets. Fraud!

  60. steelernation1 says: Feb 19, 2011 5:11 PM

    The reason he asked is because he is a dope..and i guess he wasnt paying attention to what was going on ,on the field…

  61. nepatriots128154 says: Feb 20, 2011 12:59 AM

    Hmm, I thought MDS was a better journalist than this. I guess not, seeing as he used a completely misleading title to twist a non-story. What a clear anti-Belichick bias in this entire article, didn’t even try to hide it.

  62. rushmatic says: Feb 21, 2011 5:07 PM

    y82jy says: Feb 19, 2011 7:58 AM

    Haha cheater!! Not surprising to hear at all
    ________________
    Are you too young or too stupid to remember the following:

    November 12, 2006
    A New York Jets cameraman is caught taping by the Patriots in Gillette Stadium. When the story comes to light almost a year later, Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum tells the New York Daily News the story is “completely false.” In December 2007, Jets Head Coach Eric Mangini characterizes the story as true. Mangini calls permission for such taping a “common courtesy” which NFL clubs extend to one another – despite the fact that the Jets’ employee was apprehended by Patriots’ staff and told to leave. No documents have come to light specifying that “otherwise illegal taping with permission” enjoys any special category of immunity from league action.

    Idiot.

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