No update on Falcons, Browns, Patriots investigations

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Seven weeks ago today, investigator Ted Wells said that the #DeflateGate investigation won’t be completed for at least several more weeks.  Several weeks ago, it became obvious that the Falcons are guilty of using artificial crowd noise in 2013 and 2014, and that Browns G.M. Ray Farmer sent text messages during games to the sideline, in violation of the NFL’s Electronic Communications Policy.

“All pending,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT on Monday via email regarding the three situations.

It’ll be interesting to see how long they remain pending.  The annual meetings begin this weekend in Arizona.  If the outcomes for these three game-integrity investigations land in Friday afternoon’s bad-news dump, they’ll nevertheless be a major topic in Phoenix.  If the situations are resolved on the following Friday afternoon bad-news dump, it’ll seem more than a little conspicuous or convenient that the decisions were held until after the media was swarming around the collection of owners, coaches, and General Managers.

Maybe it’ll happen beyond the end of March.  If so, it can’t happen before the end of April, if one or more of the teams will be losing draft picks.

The Patriots may still be exonerated.  With draft picks presumably in play for a finding that there was deliberate tampering, it makes sense for the investigation to be closed before the draft begins on April 30.

91 responses to “No update on Falcons, Browns, Patriots investigations

  1. All three teams cheated and deserved to be punished. But if only one team must be made the example, make it the Patriots. Please.

  2. Nothing to see here, move along.

    Just like the shredding of the spygate tapes, more NE cheating being swept under the rug by Kraft’s personal lapdog Goodell.

  3. The punishment for my Browns should be to have to keep Farmer around for 2 more years.

  4. it was painfully apparent that the Falcons got an unfair advantage from piping in that recorded crowd noise, but it was needed to counter the fan noise of those in attendance, in favor of the visiting teams!

  5. Can’t wait to get that colts draft pick for FrameGate.

    It’ll be a nice compliment to the Jets tampering pick.

    Best Superbowl Ever.

  6. Deflategate is an obvious witch hunt. The only ball that was really deflated was the one that the Colts had in their possession for 20 minutes.

  7. 11 of 12 just under threshold, 1 was way under. Along with Kraft’s presser demanding an apology, I’m confident that the Colts will be under investigation for 4 months or until everybody forgets about it.

  8. Broncos haven’t won a Super Bowl since Capgate. Truth hurts. #ElwaysRingsAreTainted

  9. Don’t forget the investigation into the Jets tampering and the one into the former Jets employees of the Colts and league office deflating the ball as well

  10. I love the haters.

    In one hand, the Pats have the largest fine for both coach and team and loss of a draft pick in the history of the NFL. As well as a ridiculous investigation during the SB week ; and in the other hand Goodell is Kraft’s buddy who ‘sweeps things under the rug.’

    You haters can’t have it both ways, which is it?

    One thing we DO know for sure is that Your NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS ….are the current WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!

    Thank you
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    GO FOR TWO SPORTS says:
    Mar 16, 2015 7:55 PM
    Goodell will make sure his BUDDY Kraft is innocent.. That’s the hold up now they are trying to find someone that will take the fall for some cash

  11. My sense is that if the Pats were innocent they would have been eager to get that out there after the SB win. The fact that it has been delayed makes me think that a lot of t crossing and i dotting is holdup……

  12. Saints get destroyed over imaginary evidenced that wasnt even well fabricated (ledger that paid bounties for games with no injuries)

    Patriots will get off with almost a dozen pieces of hard evidence

  13. The Deflategate “investigation” feels like that moment in a poker game where you decide you’re going to fold, but you don’t want to do it too quickly so the other players think you’re weak — so you pretend you’re thinking about life and the universe, contemplating your next move, all while you aimlessly fiddle with your remaining chips, to kill as much time as possible…

    Yet, all the cards are in your hand, and a fold is inevitable.

  14. It’s a complete sham and we fans know it! The NFL is seriously losing credibility by pretending there is a valid reason for this delaygate!

  15. I do find it both funny and sad that the NFL had to employ extra baby sitters for the footballs because they couldn’t trust the NE organization.

  16. Hey,
    You left out the tampering investigation against the Jets for Revis!!!!!

  17. Haha at the Pats fans blaming the Colts for the deflated footballs. Absolutely pathetic.

  18. The jets are losing a pick, goodell is just trying to come up with some way no matter how insane to keep NE from getting it because the colts deflated a ball.

  19. If a team has been found guilty of something and is about to be penalized draft picks it makes sense to announce these ASAP so the involved teams can plan accordingly in free agency and/or trades.

    That the NFL is dragging this out says that they have nothing in Deflategate so there is going to be nothing to do.

    They may be announcing rule changes with how the balls are handled or if there are new, wider variables for football air pressure, but that will be about it.

  20. On one hand you have Pats fans with all the reasons why they are innocent, on the other hand you have everyone with a brain and no annoying accent.

  21. Remember when Revis and Browner were taking cuts to stay with the Pats?

    Why play for less if you suspect the NFL may punish your team for the cheating you KNOW they did?

    LOL

  22. rcali says:
    Mar 16, 2015 9:01 PM
    I do find it both funny and sad that the NFL had to employ extra baby sitters for the footballs because they couldn’t trust the NE organization.
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    Actually its because there was an NFL employee stealing game balls and submitting illegal ones.

    Sad enough that PFT commentors don’t know their history, but not knowing current events either is inexcusable.

  23. So an NFL league official was already fired for swapping game balls out for unapproved balls.
    People still talking about it though funny.

  24. That’s it Florio lump all of them together. That helps deflect the seriousness of the Patriots cheating at 6 years or more of games with deflated balls. Nothing is close.

  25. coltscamp says:
    Mar 16, 2015 7:52 PM
    All three teams cheated and deserved to be punished. But if only one team must be made the example, make it the Patriots. Please.

    ————-

    Stop your CRYING. Be a man.

  26. Tampering with the game balls to affect the outcome of 6+ years of games is a lot more serious than player tampering.
    The Patriots cheated the game for years.

  27. So, the Falcons admitted to pumping fake crowd noise into the Georgia dome….

    The Browns Ray Farmer admitted to texting to the sidelines during games….

    We have video evidence of Woody Johnson tampering with Mevis…

    …And we have ONE partially deflated football that was handed to game officials by the Colts after spending 1/2 hour on their sideline.

    One of these things is not like the other.

  28. they are probably stalling since they’ve run out of material to research and don’t know how to express that in kinder words

  29. Patriots will be found innocent. Haters will refuse to accept it and scream cover up and conspiracy.

    If there is any apology from the NFL, it will be of the “sorry this happened” variety and not “sorry we leaked misleading rumors instead of facts” variety.

  30. The Patriots are the only ones not cheating- Can’t wait for the Pats to get picks from Irsay and the Colts for framegate and Woody and the Jets for the Revis Tampering….all while basking in the glow of another Super Bowl win.

  31. How did those regulation psi balls work for the Pats in the 2nd half of the AFCC and Super Bowl?

    Stop looking like fools and embrace the greatness.

  32. “swagger52 says:
    Mar 16, 2015 9:21 PM
    Tampering with the game balls to affect the outcome of 6+ years of games is a lot more serious than player tampering.”

    Whew…I guess it’s a good thing they didn’t do it then. What a relief.

  33. kepdogg23 says: Mar 16, 2015 9:10 PM

    On one hand you have Pats fans with all the reasons why they are innocent, on the other hand you have everyone with a brain and no annoying accent.

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    Best. Comment. Ever.

  34. Lois Lerner thinks her performance before congress was more believable than Shady Brady & Belicheat.

  35. The levity of the accused crime also should be weighed in. Not one of these crimes (if NE is found not complicit) were to get an unfair advantage in the game.

    Browns GM texts the OC what play to run…..not cheating just against NFL rules (who knows why??)

    jets inquiring about Revis in a round-a-bout way while he is possibly still under contract. A shady move to publicly show interest in a player that isnt available BUT certainly not the only version of this that goes on…just the only one that went through the media.

    Atlanta pumping in crowd noise………this is nothing new. They just got caught. Teams have been speculated to be doing this forever…especially dome teams.

    Granted, rules are rules and if the above are found guilty of violating a specific rule, they should be penalized…..but according to what is specified and if nothing is specified, then it should be based on gravity of offense..

    In other words…no draft pick loss for any of them but a fine (ranging depending on violation)

  36. Patriot spinners, the patriots themselves are the source of the revis tampering charge. It’s a ridiculous and superficial account. Woody says something clumsy before he even has a GM. In fact I think the Jets decided in part to go after revis because of the stupid charge. Like screw you pats, the same day you file a tacky tampering charge you were outed as cheaters again. Pats might be the champs, but the fans are the absolute worst.

  37. What about Investigating Jets for Tampering on Revis and Mortenson for being a scumbag lying reporter. with no real inside source on deflated balls.

  38. kepdogg23 says:
    Mar 16, 2015 9:10 PM

    On one hand you have Pats fans with all the reasons why they are innocent, on the other hand you have everyone with a brain and no annoying accent.
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    Just humor me for a second. I am Minnesotan. You are telling me that a team intentionally inflates the ball to the lowest PSI allowed had their gear tested in a room temperature, think 70 degreesish, goes and plays a game in weather that was 25 degrees cooler outside and we think it’s malicious intent at play not science? I’m not saying there shouldn’t be some level of consequence for poorly managed equipment but this is NOT why those jerks have been winning football games. The rule book says 2500 per ball 11X2500 is the correct punishment. The loud mouth hee hawing haters are why I was glad the Patriots won the Super Bowl.

  39. Patriots 2015 draft picks:

    Round 1 #6 (from Yets – TamperGate)
    Round 1 #29 (from Dolts – FrameGate)
    Round 1 #32 (own)

  40. Colts fans shouldn’t post anything about anything. I’d go run and hide under my bed if I was a fan of that team. They lose to the Patriots every year by a hundred points. Go figure that out first before you start talking about balls. That’s the least of your problems.

  41. Frame-Gate leak:

    Ted Well$ has been locked inside his office for some weeks now. We have been trying to communicate with him but still unsuccessful.
    LOUD noises coming from behind his office door……
    Wait a minute…
    We can hear the distinct sound of uncontrollable LAUGHTER and its getting louder.
    Well$ just shoved a note under the door with ten $100 bills attached to it. The note says:

    I have never had this much fun making money since selling lemonade when I was a kid.

  42. Seattle played there hearts out and lost – no give aways dummy.

    Brady absolutely smoked the Legion of Doom & Gloom, and made an NFL SB record in doing so.

    Malcom Butler saw the play and totally destroyed (whoever it was) for the ball.
    There was no tipped pass or fumble.
    Butler made a “I am bad ass interceptor at your door” NFL Play forever cemented in Super Bowl History.

  43. what about the jets and their tampering of derrelle revis. they should lose their first round pick to the patriots . its an obvious case of tampering . but knowing that goodall is an ex jet employee, and his office is infected with ex jets . something tells me nothing will com of this

  44. As a Patriots fan, I love the hate. As happy as we were when Butler made that pick, you were all so heart broken. That’s like a double win.

  45. I guess a lot of idiots don’t read what they don’t want to hear. I grantee you the Pats where set up by Indy and the fired NFL exec. Plus Baltimore just got caught up in Indy’s sneaky tactics but later realized they where played by the Colts and Jim Irsay. This is an inside job from Indy to the NFL. This is on Goodell for not running a tight ship

  46. Yes I am telling you that science is the exact reason this is impossible. This might not be the sole reason they are winning football games, but if it makes no difference, then why do it? Just for fun? No, because it does provide an advantage.
    Let’s use baseball. Michael Pineda has pine tar pasted all over his neck. The Red Sox call him out on it. Players all over the league say that everyone does it, and it doesn’t make a huge difference. Were Red Sox fans, and I am assuming here, some Patriots fans, in Pineda’s corner fighting the good fight?? Doubtful. They are just as obnoxious when it isn’t there beloved Pats under the microscope.

    46namredyps11 says:
    Mar 16, 2015 10:45 PM

    Just humor me for a second. I am Minnesotan. You are telling me that a team intentionally inflates the ball to the lowest PSI allowed had their gear tested in a room temperature, think 70 degreesish, goes and plays a game in weather that was 25 degrees cooler outside and we think it’s malicious intent at play not science? I’m not saying there shouldn’t be some level of consequence for poorly managed equipment but this is NOT why those jerks have been winning football games. The rule book says 2500 per ball 11X2500 is the correct punishment. The loud mouth hee hawing haters are why I was glad the Patriots won the Super Bowl.

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  47. Hey Goddell we aren’t going to forget about what these teams have done, so you better start handing down the punishments!

  48. They’re still trying to sell SB gear. They won’t have any developments on the Pats’ investigation until the sales drop off.

  49. One For The Thumb says:
    Mar 16, 2015 7:58 PM

    Can’t wait to get that colts draft pick for FrameGate.

    It’ll be a nice compliment to the Jets tampering pick.

    What you wrote is what should occur but because the Colts and Jets own Goodell and Kensil, the Pats will probably have to pay a price again for doing nothing wrong other than being the greatest NFL dynasty ever.

    I understand why the Jets own Goodell and Kensil, and why Goodell and Kensil continue to turn a blind eye to the Jets cheating and tampering ways. I have not been able to figure out why the Colts own those two, and have gotten away with their culture of cheating and whining for well over a decade since Dungy and Polian established that culture in Indy.

  50. Ugh. The NFL couldn’t be any worse at this.

    I don’t get how anyone thinks Goodell is buddies with Kraft. He did the Pats no favors with spygate.

    And to the Pats haters dismissing the Jets/Revis tampering charges, I’m curious about something.

    We have all read ridiculous tampering charges against the Pats for re-signing Blount – a player who had to pass through waivers before they could sign him. So, how does that jibe with Woody’s very clear tampering with Revis? If the teams were reversed the Pats would be crucified.

    Not that I expect ex-Jets employee Goodell to do anything about the tampering.

    I’m a Browns fan, BTW, but I get sick of the irrational hatred constantly aimed at NE.

  51. The one FACT that we do know is grigston admitted to calling the league BEFORE the game about the footballs. This is huge for pats fans. The Vikings and Panthers where busted for “cheating” this year as well. Thay put footballs in front of a heater on the sideline to gain an unfair advantage by making the football easer to grip. So what did the NFL do to stop this blatant act of “cheating ” that was destroying the integrity of the game? Thay quietly went down to the sidelines and told them to knock it off. What ? No fines? No suspensions? No investigations? No SNL skits? Nope just stop doing it that’s it. Why? Because no one cares about Vikings or the panthers except for there fans. The Pats have broken more harts over the last 15 years than any team in all of sports and it not even close. Thay are hated so badly it makes people insane (I love it) and Thay want nothing more than to see them destroyed on the field or off. It’s the Howard Stern rule 5x the people listen to him because Thay hate him over people who like him. This whole thing got blown up so much ratings went thru the roof and it was the most watched Super Bowl EVER. The NFL got exactly what Thay wanted.

  52. At least with Atlanta and New England there was a competitive advantage gained by the cheating. Farmer finds a way to break the rules just brow beating the staff. The only reason he still has a job is because they have fired too many GM’s in the past 10 years.

  53. Its NE Patriots… What would you expect? If it was the Saints, Sean Payton would be kicked out the league permanently!!

  54. The league has nothing on the Patriots everyone knows it.

    What the league found was probably an attempt at framing the Patriots that makes the league office, the Colts and Ravens look awful.

    The only reason we haven’t seen this yet is because the NFL is waiting to slip this into the news cycle at a time that is strategically best for them.

  55. The league has nothing on the Patriots everyone knows it.

    What the league found was probably an attempt at framing the Patriots that makes the league office, the Colts and Ravens look awful.

    ———-

    I AGREE. THE RAVENS SHOULD FORFEIT A DRAFT PICK TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONS TOO. THAT WOULD MAKE 3 BONUS PICKS FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONS IN THIS DRAFT COMING FROM THE JETS, COLTS AND THE RAVENS. CHAAAAAAAAAA-CHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING!

  56. kepdogg23, good sir. I’m just saying, and I am an admitted prosports skeptic who thinks every team has reason to squirm once the lights are on them, this one seems like a reach as far as gaining a tangible advantage or really being intentional beyond ball preference for the QB. I worked with these sorts of thing at a lower competive level and I can assure you each QB likes his football a certain way and almost none of them overlap. If the NFL did the due diligence the masses seem to suddenly think is needed the balls may not have ever been entered into the game in the first place. I still think the fact that there is no trail that proves or disproves NE tweaked the ball after pregame inspection that the scandal of this rests more with the league than the Patriots. Were they tested with a gauge, do we know what the pressure was? Hopefully that’s all in the Well reoprt.

    I guess in the end I think the league should never have ceded this to the teams. I thought that it was a bad idea at the time when I heard they made that change a handful of years ago.

  57. ikeclanton says:
    Mar 16, 2015 11:12 PM
    Colts fans shouldn’t post anything about anything. I’d go run and hide under my bed if I was a fan of that team. They lose to the Patriots every year by a hundred points. Go figure that out first before you start talking about balls. That’s the least of your problems.
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    I can’t wait to see how the Pats fair when Brady is gone and Belichick retires. The Colts in 2012 had 38 new guys on the active roster.. that’s 38 new starters out of 53, a rookie QB replacing a legend, new offensive and defensive coaches and schemes, $38 million in dead cap $$ that year… And all the Colts have done since this turnover is win. 11-5 three years in a row and getting further in the playoffs each year is something as a fan I’m not running from. Ikeclanton, congrats on your superbowl win! I for one believe it will be the last one for a very long time! I’m going to see how the Pats play after Brady and Belichick are gone.. I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot less posts on here from delusional Pats fans.

  58. “jjfootball says:
    Mar 17, 2015 1:05 AM
    Hey Goddell we aren’t going to forget about what these teams have done, so you better start handing down the punishments!”

    That’s right – no letting Indy off the hook just because their front office is so laughably and woefully inept.

  59. This investigation HAS to be focused on the NFL now.

    From what we can tell there’s NO WAY to determine if the Patriots or Colts or anyone else tampered with balls.

    What we DO know is that only ONE ball was signficantly under-inflated. And that was the one touched by the Colts, and NFL officials – one of whom has been fired for selling game balls and replacing them with unauthorized ones.

    The other thing we DO KNOW is that the NFL has been leaking information purposefully TWISTED to make the Patriots look bad.

    THAT’S what presents the biggest danger to the NFL’s credibility – when an NFL official with a chip on his shoulder, angry at Belichick, is going out of his way to falsely make a team look bad.

    Hopefully the report authors don’t look the other way on NFL misdeeds like so many fans do (if it makes the Patriots look bad)

  60. joesixpac What I cannot figure out is that even if the NFL front office is filled with complete morons( something many will agree is possible). After catching the ball boys in Minnesota heating the balls, did no one understand that it would raise the pressure? It does not surprise me that some who root for losing teams need to hate the only dynasty of the salary cap era. They need to blame the ineptness of their teams on the other guy cheating, (the probably do that when they do not get a promotion). But I digress, how could they not realize that the balls would not have their high temperature pressure at the half, did none of these morons get an education, did they never have a tire that needed to be topped up in cold weather. I can understand the blindness caused by Belichick’s impression of the Emperor (even though his compared to Darth more frequently). I can understand that Luck is no oil painting and that Kaepernick is more like a Sith and none of them can begin to approach Brady’s aw-shucks,boy-next-door, tux wearing supermodel on his arm demeanor. But really, to miss the physics when it is right there in your face is unfathomable.

  61. And still no investigation of the Packers for using illegally inflated game balls to beat the Patriots at Lambeau during the regular season. Probably because it was so well hidden oh wait the game day announcers were joking about it on national television.

  62. The only answers we need from the Well$ Report is:

    How many additional 1st & 2nd Round Draft picks the Patriots will be getting from the Colts & Jets?

  63. New England Patriot First Round Draft Picks for 2015 Draft:

    # 32
    # 64
    # 96
    # 97
    # 101

    PLUS
    1 from Jets
    1 from Ravens
    1 from Colts

    That would be 8 of the first 101 picks going to the Patriots…that is an average of about every 13th pick going to the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots…wow…

  64. What about the Ravens? As an organization, they attempted to and did manipulate law enforcement so that they could hide a vicious criminal from society. I like how the NFL draws these things out and the fans no longer remember these things. Still waiting for the hammer to fall on the Ravens.

  65. I’m still shocked that anyone thinks the Pats deflated one ball to supposedly give their offense an advantage.
    You want to mess with the QB, receivers and RBs? Introduce one ball with wildly different air pressure than the rest.
    But if you want to frame a team with that accusation, take the first Pats ball you get your hands on and let a couple PSI out before you cry to the ref.
    Think people, think.

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