Cowboys address mystery man on Saints sideline

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In the aftermath of a Saints-Cowboys game during which the home team stymied one of the most potent offensive in football, suspicions have emerged in connection with images showing a person in Cowboys gear with a headset (and apparently a cell phone) on the New Orleans sideline. And, yes, the Saints are suspicious.

The Cowboys have explained the issue in this way: “It’s a member of the game day entertainment staff.  He stands next to the ‘green hat’ who is the network TV person who works with the officials to coordinate TV timeouts.  His job is to communicate to our internal video board people when a TV time out is coming and how much time is left in that timeout as they come out of a break.  He does not stand in the team bench area.  They stand just outside the bench area on that side of the field.”

The image that was tweeted shows the person close to Saints coach Sean Payton, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the person was in the bench area. The Cowboys insist that the employee would never enter the bench area, toward the middle of the sideline.

Whether the Cowboys’ explanation satisfies the Saints’ suspicions remains to be seen. If the Cowboys were going to be engaged in any type of spy operation, it definitely would be unusual for the guy to be wearing a polo shirt bearing the Cowboys logo.

The NFL has not responded to a request for comment regarding the situation.

A similar incident occurred in 2015, when the Jets instigated a sideline interrogation of Kraft Sports employees during a game against the Patriots. Those employees were also responsible for in-stadium entertainment, and one was responsible for providing batteries to the referee’s wireless microphone.

The easiest way to avoid these situations would be to require the employees of a given team to do whatever they have to do from the sideline of the team they work for. That would completely eliminate any possible allegations of shenanigans.

67 responses to “Cowboys address mystery man on Saints sideline

  1. Is it important for the “green hat” to be near an official for communication purposes? Maybe the official is on the visitor side of the field, therefore the green hat is on the visitor side therefore the person in question is on the visitor side? Not sure, but just wondering.

  2. People just can’t accept defeat nowadays, or accountability for that matter. Surely it was someone else’s fault or events outside of their control for the loss, give me a break.

  3. Who cares? Everyone cheats so it’s ok. Goodell just needs to destroy the evidence, and we can all forget about this. That way, the integrity of the game is saved! #patriotway

  4. Brees was just ‘off’ Thurs. either he forgot all his old man meds that morning or his brain needed a reset after winning 10 in a row because he had happy feet and wasn’t able to hit closely covered receivers with his weak throws.

  5. The real mystery man was wearing #54 for the Cowboys and flying all over the field like that Jaylen Smith guy that went to Notre Dame. That guy was the difference in the game, and I’ve started seeing that guy the last couple games. That story is being overlooked.

  6. My thing is if the Saints were so suspicious about it, why not bring the attention to it during the game? If the guy was in the bench area and it made you suspicious why not say something then either to officials or the guy, instead of waiting for a day or two later to say something about it?

  7. The Saints not only lost the game but my respect if they continue down this road. One sure fire way to tell a loser besides the score board is how crazy the excuses become. Sounds like Packers fans.

  8. Was that guy there to tell Randy Gregory to commit two extremely stupid game-changing penalties? Let’s be honest with ourselves, the Saints should have been shut out in this game. For all the people that think “Oh, Drew Brees just had an off game,” no. This is the real Drew Brees right here. He’s great against some middle-of-the-pack defenses but not so great against others. Look at how he played against the 2011 Niners, 2013 Eagles, 2013 Seahawks, and last season’s Vikings. He’s not the same quarterback and the Saints aren’t the same team outside their dome against playoff-caliber teams with a winning record.

  9. Yeah, they would put someone wearing a Cowboys shirt in plain view so he could cheat without being seen. That makes sense.

    Cowboys will win the Super Bowl.

  10. The real mystery man was wearing #54 for the Cowboys and flying all over the field like that Jaylen Smith guy that went to Notre Dame. That guy was the difference in the game, and I’ve started seeing that guy the last couple games. That story is being overlooked

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    I agree but the helmet to helmet hit should have been called

  11. Of course the easiest solution to the problem is to eliminate TV timeouts, thus eliminating these positions from the game. These coordinators do a poor job anyway, considering at certain times during every game, there is a sequence where there is a 3rd down play, followed by a commercial break, followed by a punt, followed by another commercial break. At that point, I turn off the TV and do something else much less boring.

  12. Wait? The guy wearing Cowboys gear was there the whole time, and no one from the Saints coaching staff knew who he was or his role, or bothered to find out?

  13. In Spygate the “spy” was also decked out in full Patriots gear and standing next to a bunch of other cameras also filming the game. Yet the usual suspects acted like it was some incredible violation, which is only funnier now give how great the Patriots have continued to be for the over 10 years since they were “caught.” In other words, if this sort of thing were cheating, the Cowboys would not have been awful for the last 30 years.

  14. So then all this Jason Garrett clapping is him communicating signals back and forth with the cheating guy on the other team’s sideline? That’s a relief. I thought he was a moron. Dumb like a fox, eh?

  15. If the Cowboys were cheating they wouldn’t have come into game at 6-5.
    ************************************************************************

    Maybe they are bad at cheating, too.

  16. Sorry Boys but any Pats fan will tell you if you beat the favored son of destiny calling you a cheat is all the salty maountain of hate got left. Anyway, the travelling team coming in falt/cold on a Thursday night, piss-poor officiating, and Boys being really pumped up for the game, was all enough to explain the result. Both offenses struggled. Can’t win ’em all, any given Sunday and all that.

  17. They should have made the mystery guy a ref. Clearly the ones in the field weren’t watching the game.

  18. If he was really under cover, wouldn’t they NOT have put him in a Cowboys shirt?? That’s like an undercover cop wearing a cop uniform. Cmon people…

  19. NYG fan here and as much as it pains me to says this that Cowboys defense is for real….. especially the front 7.
    One the other hand they are peaking while the vaunted OL of the Cowboys is showing more and more signs of being just good…..not great anymore.
    But that defensive 7 are young, athletic, and for real.
    It sucks we have to p!ay them twice year for the foreseeable future.

  20. The easiest way to figure this out is if other teams do the same or similar things, or if said person is on the opposing teams side during all Cowboys games.

    If it’s been going on for years for many/all teams, who cares, it’s nothing.

    If it shows Dallas is the only team that does it, I’d fire the guy because he’s not getting the proper information to help the team win games over the past 20 or so years.

  21. dmca12 says:
    December 1, 2018 at 1:34 pm
    The real mystery man was wearing #54 for the Cowboys and flying all over the field like that Jaylen Smith guy that went to Notre Dame. That guy was the difference in the game, and I’ve started seeing that guy the last couple games. That story is being overlooked
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    I agree but the helmet to helmet hit should have been called

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    Yep. They missed that call which could have been the difference in the game. But that story is being talked about. I just think the Jaylen Smith injury recovery story is huge. The surgeons put that knee back together and it didn’t look like he’d ever play again. Not only is he playing, but he’s playing like the kid that would have been the #1 or #2 overall pick. I just started seeing it a few weeks ago. I don’t think Smith would have been in position to make that hit a few weeks ago. I think he’s still progressing. Mentally as well as physically. These are my favorite stories, and I’m not a Cowboys fan. I’m happy to see Nick Chubb playing close to where he was a freshman at Georgia. He’s playing better now than he was when he graduated. He’s still recovering too. Getting that top gear back. Hoping to see Derrius Guice get back to normal too some day.

  22. “In Spygate the “spy” was also decked out in full Patriots gear and standing next to a bunch of other cameras also filming the game. Yet the usual suspects acted like it was some incredible violation, which is only funnier now give how great the Patriots have continued to be for the over 10 years since they were “caught.” In other words, if this sort of thing were cheating, the Cowboys would not have been awful for the last 30 years”

    Yet the league told them they couldn’t do it, they continued to do it, got caught in an opposing stadium doing it and then admitted they really didn’t know the rules about how to do correctly. Yet through all that they had the “proprietary” videos of all these “oops we didn’t mean to take that” video sessions destroyed after they fought legally not to have them released. And after all that when Belicheck himself admitted to Kraft what he did, didn’t give him that much of an edge, Kraft called him a “schmuck”. It’s nothing but an arrogant coach, skirting the rules thinking he was going to keep getting away with it and getting caught red handed, doing something he absolutely knew he was not allowed to do. Just get over it and move on.

  23. alonestartexan says:
    December 1, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    If the Cowboys were cheating they wouldn’t have come into game at 6-5.

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    I disagree. It’s not to say the Cowboys “were” cheating, but lots of bad teams have cheated in the past. Good examples include the Browns texting on the sidelines, the Falcons were caught pumping in fake crowd noise in 2015, the Chargers were fined for refusing to give up towels on the sidelines that had stickum on them, and there was a time when the Jets were caught with spygate. The 4-12 Broncos were even caught taping the 49ers’ signals in an illegal location at a practice in London.

  24. let’s get all the cell phones from Jerry all the way down to the ball boys (email records also)—any resistance would be an admission of guilt; integrity of the game is at stake here

  25. I’m a Saints fan and will say congrats to the Cowboys for their victory the refs were making to many no calls on both teams the guy on the sideline is IMO is just blowing smoke.

  26. Ha ha ha ha ha.

    So really how dumb or salty must you be to think the Cowboys would try to cheat by putting someone with a COWBOYS logo on their chest on the Saints sideline to steal signals? Okay. Real subtle.

  27. they may be his job title…but someone check his phone and see what he is actually doing. He could sneak a glance or two to the opposing teams sideline. What’s he doing the rest of the time when there isn’t a TV timeout?

  28. All the good mojo and karma the Chiefs and Saints have been building up this years a Super Bowl matches has completely bursted in the last 24 hours… was liking the Saints till all this whining about the refs on Thursday – those refs were horrible, but they were hardly biased in making (or missing) those bad calls…

  29. after all that when Belicheck himself admitted to Kraft what he did, didn’t give him that much of an edge, Kraft called him a “schmuck”. It’s nothing but an arrogant coach, skirting the rules thinking he was going to keep getting away with it and getting caught red handed, doing something he absolutely knew he was not allowed to do.

    It is possible for that take to be basically true, AND for there to have been a legitimate reading of the league’s directions which allowed it AND for the league to have simultaneously grossly over-reacted with a penalty that was vastly inappropriate to the violation. The league over-reacted, and the penalty was preposterous.

  30. ..The Arlington Cows must want a piece of the
    Patriots’ pie. Jerrah certainly has the money…

  31. Spygate is still happening just because the NFL busted the Pats for it doesn’t mean there aren’t those who still use it just ask Rex Ryan or Bill Cowher.

  32. So there was a mysterious Dallas employee hanging around the Saints sideline with a cell phone and eavesdropping on the coaches, and suddenly Dallas completely shutdown a previously unstoppable NO offense as if they knew what plays were coming.

    Hmmm, I wonder what happened here.

  33. tropman says:
    December 1, 2018 at 5:56 pm
    Does that guy play defense?
    *******
    It’s easy to play defense when you know what the opponent is calling

  34. Sounds legit to me. I’d look for the joker that spiked the refs’ Gatorade. No matter who won the officiating in that game was embarrassing. Both teams played hard, it was a defensive crunch fest, and Drew threw a pick and lost the game fair and square.

  35. footballseasonrules says:
    December 1, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I disagree. It’s not to say the Cowboys “were” cheating, but lots of bad teams have cheated in the past.
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    The Jets cheat their asses off, and they haven’t won anything meaningful since before Armstrong flubbed his lines on the Moon.

  36. Weird, all i saw all game was the cowboys kicking the saints ass all night long. This reeks of nonsensical looser desperation lol. They were a DeMarcus Lawrence penalty away from not scoring a TD.

  37. Sleight of Foot says:
    December 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    Who cares? Everyone cheats so it’s ok. Goodell just needs to destroy the evidence, and we can all forget about this. That way, the integrity of the game is saved! #patriotway

    Did you mean the evidence his lawyer said in court they didn’t have and then proceeded to convict a player with the same no evidence? If that’s the patriot way it sucks.

  38. a Saints employee: HEY there’s a guy wearing a Cowboys jersey with a cell phone behind you Coach Payton, what do you want to do?

    Coach Payton: Awe don’t worry about it right now but if we lose we’ll raise holy hell tomorrow!

    GIMME A BREAK, why wasnt this brought to someone’s attention WHEN IT HAPPENED? Why do these things ALWAYS come up a day or two after the team loses? And if the Saints would have won you wouldn’t have heard a peep about it, BANK THAT!

  39. So you say there was a mystery man in the background, eh? Did he at any point open an umbrella? I mean this game was in Dallas right?

    Geez, isn’t that how every explanation for something surprising starts? Someone believes it is a conspiracy or a there’s a unexplained puff of smoke, or a great offense gets shut down.

    Hey Cowboys, great game. #MakeDefenseAPartOfTheGameAgain

    Hey Saints, you’ll have another great day.

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