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Report: AFC team “aggressively sending out playbooks”

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We always assumed that getting playbooks to players wouldn’t be a huge problem for teams this offseason, whether it was legal or not.

When the lockout kinda-sorta ended for a day in April and teams were able to distribute playbooks, we really assumed it wouldn’t be a problem. Once a few players had them, it should have been easy enough to get them distributed.  (Plus how would anyone know who got them that day or later?)

Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com reports that at least one AFC team has been “very aggressively” sending playbooks to their players recently.

It meshes with the report from CBSSports.com that coaches and players are communicating a lot more regularly than allowed by lockout rules. The league ultimately found no wrongdoing.

The only question is whether the league cares enough to look deeply into the matter. Our guess is no; there are far more pressing issues for the NFL to worry about at the moment.

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  1. tundey says: Jun 30, 2011 11:19 AM

    Again proving that the lockout is nothing but a sham while billionaires and millionaires fight over a big freaking pile of money! So while all these players and coaches are communicating in violation of the lockout, front officer personnel are losing their jobs, taking forced leaves and paycuts.

  2. mrizzo44 says: Jun 30, 2011 11:19 AM

    Patriots

  3. leatherstar says: Jun 30, 2011 11:21 AM

    It was the Patriots, and they were sending out NY Jets playbooks to their players.

  4. invinceable23 says: Jun 30, 2011 11:21 AM

    Easy, Patriots.

  5. bengals4evermaybe says: Jun 30, 2011 11:26 AM

    When I saw this, I knew it wasn’t the Bengals…they don’t do anything aggressively!

  6. supashug says: Jun 30, 2011 11:33 AM

    At least one AFC team was “very aggressively” sending playbooks to its players recently, a source with knowledge of the situation told FOXSports.com.

    at least they found another source at Fox, and one thats close to the situation. I was starting to wonder where the info was coming from

  7. sguy2130 says: Jun 30, 2011 11:34 AM

    Since everybody is piling on the Patriots, I also heard they are sending staff around taping player organized workouts for competitive advantage in preseason.

  8. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jun 30, 2011 11:40 AM

    “The only question is whether the league cares enough to look deeply into the matter. Our guess is no; there are far more pressing issues for the NFL to worry about at the moment.”

    Then the league should waive the rule. It’s not right that someone doing the right thing and following the rules should be disavdantaged by others that are cheating, and yes that’s what is even if the rule doesn’t make sense. It just invites cheating.

  9. schmitty2 says: Jun 30, 2011 11:41 AM

    Hopefully it’s not the Pat’s. “Playbook Gate” just doesnt sound as good as “Spygate”

  10. angrycorgi says: Jun 30, 2011 11:52 AM

    Bengals…no wrong doing found, as it was determined that they still won’t be competitive.

  11. tommyf15 says: Jun 30, 2011 11:59 AM

    How does one “aggressively” send out a playbook?

    Do you violently shove it into an envelope? Do you show over-the-top enthusiasm when arriving with them at the post office?

  12. abengalfan says: Jun 30, 2011 12:01 PM

    Easy to guess who it was not.
    Bengals.
    Cause sending things out cost money.

  13. chizzle20 says: Jun 30, 2011 12:04 PM

    “The New England Patriots Part Deux….Playbookgate”.

  14. nflsonlyone says: Jun 30, 2011 12:09 PM

    hahahaha the phonies are so predictable and wrong once again it is NOT the pansies…… I mean *pats*

  15. descendency says: Jun 30, 2011 12:19 PM

    Everyone is going to say Patriots, but the Patriots likely were ready to send them out when the lockout was lifted. It’s possible, but that makes it unlikely.

    The Dolphins did not distribute playbooks and it makes them a primary suspect.

  16. bradwins says: Jun 30, 2011 12:25 PM

    I love the fact that so many commenters were falling over themselves to identify the Patriots as the team distributing playbooks, because it proves how stupid the people that continue to beat that drum really are.

    Why would the Patriots need to distribute their playbook? The same system has been in place for over a decade and almost all of the players have experience in the system.

    Then again, this isn’t surprising because these are the same geniuses that mistook what the Patriots did in 2007 for “cheating” even though it was the NFL equivalent to doing 72mph in 65mph zone.

    Haters gon’ hate, I suppose.

  17. marvsleezy says: Jun 30, 2011 12:25 PM

    Im so used to hearing about how offenses are better when they have been in the same system for a few years and guys dont have to learn a new playbook.

    So which is it? Do they make that many changes from year to year??

  18. theytukrjobs says: Jun 30, 2011 12:27 PM

    Likely a team that the NFL favors so they won’t do anything about it. Kind of like with Starcaps how the NFL let off quite a few players, while focusing on Denver and Minnesota players with suspensions.

    That or it is just the Patriots daring the league to do something again.

  19. mrconnors says: Jun 30, 2011 12:33 PM

    Fan of another team:

    “Momma, them old Patriots been cheetin again! Now which bed am I sleeping in ternight? Yours or ma sisters?”

  20. kissbillsrings says: Jun 30, 2011 12:35 PM

    I hope it IS the Patriots….again, one step ahead of the rest of the league…..

    I just love how stories like this get the fans of loser teams to break out the tissues even durring a lockout…..ROTFLMAO!!!

    GO PATRIOTS!!!

    (thought the Bengals jokes were pretty funny!!!)

  21. chargerdillon says: Jun 30, 2011 12:37 PM

    What team has been more aggressive to bring in free agents and spend money every which way and do everything clean or not to get ahead.
    I hate the Pats but they act with a little more class than to be a team reported upon like this.

    If I had to pick one team, ill pick the team that picked up every big name free agent, that did everything to get their team on tv, that went as far to cheat as have a coach trip a player in the middle of the game……

    Nobody has been more aggressive to steal headlines than the Jets, so what makes me think with the way their franchise has acted in the last 2 years, that this wouldn’t be regarding them.

    The bengals jokes are great, thanks for a laugh

  22. drgfri says: Jun 30, 2011 12:46 PM

    Yawn…
    1) Insert moronic Spygate comment here…
    2) Now get back to worship of creepy teen-dating QB and foot freak Head Coach.

  23. ubummer says: Jun 30, 2011 12:47 PM

    Browns.

    They were already caught cheating earlier in the year and they’re desperate to make the new offense work under the new head coach with a second year QB.

  24. CKL says: Jun 30, 2011 1:10 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    Jun 30, 2011 11:41 AM
    Hopefully it’s not the Pat’s. “Playbook Gate” just doesnt sound as good as “Spygate”
    __________________________________
    It’s too bad it was identified as an AFC team ’cause your OC was the last one to get caught violating the taping rule and by doing something the Pats never were proven to have done. ;)

    It is funny everyone says the Pats though since the Jets were the last AFC team who was caught doing something worth fining over.

    Either way I would expect it was a team with a new HC and/or new offensive systems who would do this. Pats obviously don’t fit that.

  25. mrbigass says: Jun 30, 2011 1:18 PM

    Just one team? You guys are just being naive if you believe that. I’m betting every team is in contact with their players and getting them as much info as possible for these player “mini-camps”.

  26. deadeye says: Jun 30, 2011 1:28 PM

    I’m gonna guess that Dolphins. It looks as though Sparano knows his head is on the chopping block and wants a leg up on the competition. With Henne he’ll need three legs up.

  27. 1buckeye76 says: Jun 30, 2011 1:42 PM

    bengals4evermaybe says: Jun 30, 2011 11:26 AM

    When I saw this, I knew it wasn’t the Bengals…they don’t do anything aggressively!

    —————————–

    Dude – I’m a Bengal fan and this made me laugh out loud. I still love our dysfunctional family though!

  28. tunescribe says: Jun 30, 2011 1:44 PM

    The Patriots had playbooks already prepared and addressed before the lockout began, anticipating a small window of opportunity when the lockout might be temporarily lifted so they could be mailed out in compliance with league rules. Everything went according to plan. Waiting until this late stage to send out playbooks smacks of inefficiency, which would be extremely unPatriot-like.

  29. FinFan68 says: Jun 30, 2011 1:45 PM

    If I had to guess, I’d say it was/is the Dolphins since they were not bright enough to get the playbooks of a new offense to the players when they had the chance. Although, if it is the Dolphins, it would be the first aggressive action taken by the offensive coaching staff in 2+ years

  30. 8drinkminimum says: Jun 30, 2011 1:50 PM

    God I hope it’s my Dolphins. We need all the help we can get. I’ll even chip in to pay the fine.

  31. bolt4life says: Jun 30, 2011 1:56 PM

    Kind of like steroids, I’m sure the entire NFL is doing it one way or the other. I hope the Chargers new D-Cord has done it.

  32. joeflaccosunibrow says: Jun 30, 2011 2:00 PM

    I love Bengal fans trashing Mike Brown.

    This is easy to figure out. Why would a team with no coaching turn over need to break rules like this? Look at the teams with new coaching staff in the AFC.

    Now tell me who you think it is?

    If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’!

  33. p01ntman says: Jun 30, 2011 3:27 PM

    The Red Skinks don’t have a play book…do they?

  34. schmitty2 says: Jun 30, 2011 6:55 PM

    CKL says:
    Jun 30, 2011 1:10 PM
    schmitty2 says:
    Jun 30, 2011 11:41 AM
    Hopefully it’s not the Pat’s. “Playbook Gate” just doesnt sound as good as “Spygate”
    __________________________________
    It’s too bad it was identified as an AFC team ’cause your OC was the last one to get caught violating the taping rule and by doing something the Pats never were proven to have done.

    It is funny everyone says the Pats though since the Jets were the last AFC team who was caught doing something worth fining over.

    Either way I would expect it was a team with a new HC and/or new offensive systems who would do this. Pats obviously don’t fit that.

    So the Pat’s were proven to have no wrongdoing. Was McDaniels ever proven of wrongdoing?

  35. CKL says: Jul 1, 2011 9:41 AM

    schmitty2 says:
    Jun 30, 2011 6:55 PM

    So the Pat’s were proven to have no wrongdoing. Was McDaniels ever proven of wrongdoing?
    _______________________________
    The Pats did do wrong per that memo and were punished for taping from the sidelines. There was evidence of that. Goodell had them turn over their own tapes plus they had the one Mangini/Tannenbaum had confiscated. What I meant was that there was never any evidence they taped another team’s practice (despite what that liar Matt Walsh kept going on about, he had NOTHING).

    We can’t post most links here so go google “McDaniels+ videotape” and you will get an eyeful.

    What angers a lot of us Pats fans is that a) he threw BB directly under the bus when he was caught, like a squealing little piggie peeing down his leg in fear and b) despite the NFL having EVIDENCE he taped another team’s PRACTICE which is not public while taping from the sides is still taping an event everyone there can see also, the punishment was MICROSCOPIC compared to what BB and the Pats got.

    Pats having to take their medicine is fine by me. They did wrong by ignoring the memo and got caught. What isn’t fine is a WORSE issue comes up after that when the Pats punishment is seen by us Pats fans as over the top due to being a deterrent and the NFL slaps McD on the wrist instead.
    You weren’t being obnoxious with your initial cameragate related comment so I was mostly just joking w/ you, hence the wink…but in case you wanted the real & boring thoughts of mine on the topic , you now have em. :)

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