Zac Taylor has no comment on Patriots videotaping incident

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Bengals coach Zac Taylor’s answer to a question during Monday’s press conference was the first public acknowledgement that members of a Patriots video crew taped the Bengals sideline during last Sunday’s game against the Browns, but he didn’t feel like discussing the matter further on a Thursday conference call with New England media.

Taylor said no comment to five questions early in the call, including one asking for his general thoughts on the incident and another about whether he believed the Patriots’ explanation for what happened. The Patriots said the crew was doing a feature on a pro scout and that the footage of the Bengals was an unintentional violation of league policy.

Taylor was willing to answer why he believed it was best to have no comment to those queries before the Bengals host the Patriots on Sunday.

“Because this is a tough opponent right now, and we’re devoting all of our time to making sure we’re prepared. And so that’s where all of our focus has been on,” Taylor said.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said on Wednesday that the league is still gathering information about the incident.

43 responses to “Zac Taylor has no comment on Patriots videotaping incident

  1. Don’t blame him for keeping quiet. The Patriots propaganda crew will just spin everything to protect Belicheat and his toadies.

  2. The Patriots offense has struggled. It also has key players hurt. That said, Belichick has a history of punishing teams on the field that attack the Patriots off the field.

  3. Funny episode of Seinfeld focusing on The Merv Griffin Show. Kramer had bottomed out on ideas for format and said it was v. difficult to find material and guests to fill 10 hours.

    How much guessing and finger pointing does it take the media to “decide” what happened with this video crew just in order to fill podcasts, radio, tv time and blogs?

    I have a great idea. Why doesn’t everyone move on until we get the findings of the NFL?

  4. We can’t “move on” because your reputation is a step lower than rattlesnakes. You’ve been caught cheating a number of times, and crushed blackberry evidenced in the past. You did this to yourselves. Its why many habe no respect for your organization. No one likes a cheater.

  5. theboysvlog says:

    Really tired of the Pats always finding themselves in these situations. Why does no other team get dinged for this stuff?

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    No other team stoops as low?

  6. theboysvlog says:
    December 12, 2019 at 2:56 pm
    Really tired of the Pats always finding themselves in these situations. Why does no other team get dinged for this stuff?
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    Because nobody makes a big deal of things when other teams do it.

  7. tigerlilac says:
    December 12, 2019 at 2:51 pm
    The Patriots offense has struggled. It also has key players hurt. That said, Belichick has a history of punishing teams on the field that attack the Patriots off the field.
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    Maybe the Patriots offense will be mad enough to really stick it to the Bengals this time and score 19 points on them

  8. Just outta curiosity – how much can be gathered from filming a sheet of paper that is covering a guys mouth when he is talking?

    ‘Murica is being given an IQ test with this stuff…… and failing miserably.

  9. Patriots close to shutting down Panthers in SB, but instead of TD, Brady threw end zone Interception. Panthers went ahead until NE was able to seal deal with FG.

    Patriots are cheaters

    Eagles bad clock mgmt, McNabb letting big moment get to him. Patriots win SB.

    Patriots are cheaters

    Wilson should have passed ball to RB. Seattle won game until they didn’t. Patriots win SB.

    Patriots are cheaters

    Ryan should have run clock down. Falcons won game until they didn’t. Patriots win SB.

    Patriots are cheaters

    Media should be the truth tellers. They are in fact liars. Coaches are conspiracy driven. Jealousy should not be mistaken for sound intelligent analysis. Yet it is.

    Patriots footballs were not deflated.

    They do play, coach well when their backs are against the wall historically. But not this year. They don’t have the talent.

  10. 49fromwi says:
    December 12, 2019 at 3:11 pm
    I have to ask. Why would the Patriots cheat against the Bungles???

    They certainly don’t need to. The only logic I’ve heard is that the Bengals have a new coaching staff for the first time since 2002, there’s no familiarity. The team is bad now, but in the event that they get better in the future they at least have some tape.

    Still though, if the Patriots should be punished for anything it should be for stupidity. Seriously, they’ve been punished for it before, so why give even the slightest impression they’re doing it again (even if it doesn’t give them an advantage)?

  11. The real question is why wouldn’t they just videotape during one of their own games if this was just a piece to showcase a scouts job?

    Why go to someone else’s stadium and film? Isn’t it cheaper to stay at your home staduim?

  12. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    December 12, 2019 at 3:04 pm
    Patriots = Cheaters.

    THAT is the legacy they will have in NFL history with many, many sore losers!

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    fixed it for you

  13. theboysvlog says:
    December 12, 2019 at 2:56 pm
    Really tired of the Pats always finding themselves in these situations. Why does no other team get dinged for this stuff?
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    Because nobody makes a big deal of things when other teams do it.

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    This X a billion. the media has failed to say in any article that i read that filming the sidelines is not illegal, just where they were filming from. if people could just get it that the only issue here was where the cameras were placed they’d realize this is a non issue. overblown because it’s the Pats.

  14. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    December 12, 2019 at 3:04 pm
    Patriots = Cheaters.

    THAT is the legacy they will have in NFL history with many, many NFL fans

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    I agree with that. But not the knowledgeable ones.
    In my workplace, the occasional viewer that couldn’t name half the starting QB’s talk that way, but the ones that are weekly followers, understand the game? – No. They reluctantly admire the Patriots consistent winning.

  15. theboysvlog says:
    December 12, 2019 at 2:56 pm
    Really tired of the Pats always finding themselves in these situations. Why does no other team get dinged for this stuff?

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    How do you think Pats fans feel, especially knowing what we know?

    Woody Johnson hand picked ROger Goodell to be commissioner. He then hired Mangini away from NE, as revenge and jealousy towards

    BB flipping Woody Johnson the bird AFTER Manboobs asked for 2 filming locations in Foxboeough in January 2007, is nothing more than that.

    NE has never cheated. Goodell framed them twice and unfortunately only got caught lying about it in a federal court ONCE.

    Don’t be fooled. When you ask such a simple question, there’s a very simple answer.

    Pats fans are the ones who are begging for Goodell to release this tape, and it honestly concerns me that he probably won’t, to protect the framejob (if there is one).

    If an average, honest person sees nothing really happened like the original claim was, it will appear like

    NFL teams know Goodell is an enabler of the systematic cheating and ANY way to steal NE’s draft picks is open season on NE for ANY reason.

    Kraft and BB know this which is why this is so dumb and so obviously not any form of cheating.

    The big secret is, Goodell is the real cheater and keeps his job because certain owners want him to do it.

  16. DolFan says:
    December 12, 2019 at 3:27 pm
    The real question is why wouldn’t they just videotape during one of their own games if this was just a piece to showcase a scouts job?

    Why go to someone else’s stadium and film? Isn’t it cheaper to stay at your home staduim?

    1 2 Rate This

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    Ugh.

    Because you wouldn’t be showcasing a day in the life of an advanced scout? Why is it you people have such vocal opinions on topics you know nothing about?

    My goodness. My brain hurts reading such stupid commentary here.

  17. fmiaakammqbpft says:
    December 12, 2019 at 3:19 pm
    Just outta curiosity – how much can be gathered from filming a sheet of paper that is covering a guys mouth when he is talking?

    ‘Murica is being given an IQ test with this stuff…… and failing miserably.

    8 5 Rate This

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    Exactly. Our country is so dumb. Put something on a smartphone or the internet in general, and here come the mouthbreathers.

    It’s the same reason why these people don’t ask why the NFL didn’t pull security footage from the week before the Deflategate game to see if McNally went into the bathroom.

    It’s a slam dunk way to showcase a pattern of behavior, strengthening their case, but it was mysteriously missing from the Wells Report. It was the first thing I looked for.

    The fact it wasn’t a patter at home games, proves there was no process that the NFL claimed.

    That’s one of many tells it was a framejob like Spygate was. BB flipping the bird at the Jets somehow means NE cheated. lmao

  18. Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher admitted that his Steelers teams stole opponents’ defensive signals. In an interview with a local radio station he said: “The only thing they [The Patriots] got caught (was) doing it with a camera. We had people that always tried to steal signals. Stealing someone’s signals was a part of the game, and everyone attempted to do that.”

  19. Jimmy Johnson named Kansas City Chief head coach Marty Schottenheimer as one of the many coaches in the league that videotaped opposing teams signals identical to what the Patriots were found guilty of in 2007.

    Advised of Johnson’s comments, Schottenheimer said regarding sign-stealing “We’ve given that up, but we used to be real good at it. We had a lot of different guys who were quite good. We never won a game here doing it, but we won a game in Cleveland because of it. We saw what they were doing, called a pass and won the game in overtime, as I remember it.”

  20. Ex-Eagles and retired Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Blake confessed in an interview that removing air from footballs was common when he played in the NFL from 1992-2005.

    “I’m just going to let the cat of the bag, every team does it, every game, it has been since I played,” the ex-Eagles QB said Wednesday in a radio interview on the “Midday 180” show on Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone. “Cause when you take the balls out of the bag, they are rock hard. And you can’t feel the ball as well. It’s too hard.

    “Everybody puts the pin in and takes just enough air out of the ball that you can feel it a little better. But it’s not the point to where it’s flat. So I don’t know what the big deal is. It’s not something that’s not been done for 20 years.”

  21. On February 8, 2017, Hall of Fame cornerback and NFL Network commentator Deion Sanders said that the Indianapolis Colts stole their competitors defensive signals for years.

    Responding to former San Diego Chargers runningback LaDanian Tomlinson’s claim that some critics will put an asterisk next to the Patriots’ success because of Spygate, Sanders said:

    “Those same critics, did they say anything about the wins that the Indianapolis Colts had? You want to talk about that too? Because they were getting everybody’s signals,” Sanders said. “Come on, you don’t walk up to the line and look over here and the man on the sideline giving you the defense that they’ve stolen the plays of. We all knew. L.T. knew. Everybody in the NFL knew. We just didn’t let the fans know. That was real and that was happening in Indy.”

  22. NFL commissioner and former Jets public relations intern Rodger Goodell suggested that the responsibility was on teams to conceal their messages, not on the ones trying to steal them. During his news conference before the 2007 Super Bowl he said that any coach who did not expect signals to be stolen was “stupid.”

    Prior to 2006, every NFL team is assumed to have done it, but none of them broke a rule. You can’t punish something that is not prohibited. Filming from the sidelines was not prohibited until 2006 and filming your opponent’s signals from approved locations has never been prohibited, even today.

  23. Admitted former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson: “When I came into the NFL, back in 1989, I talked to a Kansas City scout and he said, ‘Here’s what we do, we videotape the opposing team’s signals and then we sync it up with the game film.’ So I did it.” Bragged, former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan: “Our guy keeps a pair of binoculars on their signal-callers every game, with any luck, we have their defensive signals figured out by halftime. Sometimes, by the end of the first quarter.”

  24. Said former Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson on September 28, 2007: “I did it [recorded opponent signals] with video and so did a lot of other teams in the league, just to make sure that you could study it and take your time, because you’re going to play the other team the second time around. But a lot of coaches did it, this was commonplace.”

    And this kind stuff is nothing new. Way back in 1967, Lee Grosscup wrote an item for Sport magazine that delved into the issue of spying in football.

  25. former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson: “When I came into the NFL, back in ’89, I talked to a Kansas City scout and he said, ‘Here’s what we do, we videotape the opposing team’s signals and then we sync it up with the game film.’ So I did it.”

  26. Former San Francisco wide receiver Jerry Rice admitted in an ESPN video history on the evolution of wide receiver gloves that he illegally used stickum on his own gloves to make his job easier.

    Said Rice: “I know this might be a little illegal, guys, but you put a little spray, a little stickum on them, to make sure that texture is a little sticky.”

    At a time when many were expecting Rice to claim that his words were taken out of context or that he was joking, Rice took to Twitter to admit that he did it, and that it was more than “a little illegal.” He tweeted: “I apologize ppl after doing my research about stickum!,” Rice said. “The NFL banned this in 1981. All players did it!

  27. At a June 2015 charity event in Pittsburgh, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana confessed that, in the 80s, his “offensive lineman used to spray silicon on their shirts.” Montana said they continued the practice “until they got caught.”

    VICTIM: The entire league

    PUNISHED? No but … it’s more probable than not that this was cheating

    PUNISHMENT: So now we know that San Francisco greased up their offensive lineman and that their hall-of-fame receiver illegally used Stickum to gain an advantage.

  28. rom the Lodi News-Sentinel, October 15, 1956: “The New York Giants, still chuckling about the trick they pulled on their bitter rival, revealed today they stole Coach Paul Brown’s radio signals Sunday while scoring their most one-sided triumph over the Cleveland Browns.

    The Giants said they used a powerful receiver on their bench to intercept Brown’s radio signals to quarterback George Ratterman and made good use of the informantion during their 21-9 victory at Cleveland.

  29. According to former Raider Matt Millen, Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis had a sign with the “Raider Rules” posted above the Raiders locker room:

    THE RAIDER RULES

    Cheating is encouraged
    See rule #1

    The Raiders complied in a number of ways. Whether it was illegal pads, too much Stickem®, Al Davis snooping around the sidelines or any other advantage they could take, it was cheating.

  30. Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, noted that during the November 30, 2014 game between the Packers and Patriots on CBS, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms discussed the preference of Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers for overinflated footballs.

    “‘I like to push the limit to how much air we can put in the football, even go over what they allow you to do and see if the officials take air out of it,'” Simms said Rodgers told them before the game. Rogers’ believes that “It’s not an advantage when you have a football that’s inflated more than average air pressure. We’re not kicking these footballs.”

    Former quarterback Phil Simms said that Rodgers’ preference is the exception as most quarterbacks prefer a softer football.

  31. Perception is reality for those who are unable or unwilling to accept Reality.

    Reality has proven that 32 Teams were all guilty of Spy-Gate as “All Teams filmed their opponents. The NFL does not prevent you filming other Teams – only the location of filming is regulated.

    FACT #1: Cold temperatures reduce air pressure in tires, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls and ballons but for some unknown reason it does not effect hockey pucks and baseballs and rocks.

    FACT #2: ESPN, Rodger Goodel, the Colts and other(s) lied and covered FACTUAL Evidence on National TV, misleading the General Public to believe that Tom Brady cheated with footballs that were 1.5 PSI under league rule minimum 12.5 PSI.

    FACT #3: Colts footballs were also found to be under League Rules but that evidence was omitted by Rodger Goodel, the Media and teh NFL.

    FACT #4: Colts did not score in the Second Half of the AFCCG whereas the Patriots continued to score and easily win the Game.

    FACT #5: If the First Half points were deducted from the Patriots and given to the Colts the Patriots still won the Game.

    FACT #6: Super Bowl 51 – Tom Brady sets new NFL Records with the largest Comeback in SB History and the only Tied Game in SB History which was won by the Patriots.

    FACT #7: Jealousy and Hatred leads people to believe what ever they want to believe irregardless of the FACTS.

  32. Some saltier members of the 2001 Rams like to blame phantom Patriots spying as the reason they lost the 2001 Super Bowl, but the New York Times reported on February 2, 2002 that the Rams may have spied on the Patriots as well.

    According to the paper: “Halfway through practice, Patriots’ linebackers coach Pepper Johnson noticed something in a third-floor window of a house next to the field. Club and league officials said a telescope was clearly visible in the window, according to a pool report, and that 15 minutes later, a person appeared at the window, and then vanished.

  33. All the holier than thou teams cheated. Their fans point fingers when they should be pointing them at themselves. Total nonsense and hypocritical.

    Take the Lombardis from every team if you want losers. Until then shut up.

    Win the game on the field or shut up. You incessant whining is annoying.

  34. Still haven’t heard any proof of all this coming from BB yet all these rocket scientists, doctors and lawyers just assume they’re cheating with no evidence. Yes, you’re right. I can visualize BB with his hoodie late at night in a convenience store parking lot checking video of the Bengals. Laughable.

  35. Much ado about nothing. Teams have been trying to steal plays playbooks and signals since the birth of the league. Marshall Faulk and Rams complained in Super Bowl the Patriots knew the Rams plays before snap. Well Belichick had a season’s worth of tape to look at available to all teams. Faulk claims that Rams would have won Super Bowl if Patriots not cheat. Laughable and only an excuse that losers make. Tell me Marshall if Rams thought that during whole game they knew Patriots knew that play they were calling why not change play or call audible. Are you telling me Marshall that your coach is stupid ? Your offensive coordinator is stupid ? Your QB is stupid. If you calling run left and you know Patriots have the play then why not call a run right for big yardage. If Patriots know you throwing screen then why not call deep in route or sideline route or all out bomb. I have never coached football at any level and I even know this. Are you telling me that NFL coaches are not smart enough to change plays, change signals, or call audibles. The greatest coaches can easily call a different play and burn the Patriots by catching them out of position or confuse them by changing signals. Great QB can easily call audible to put defense out of position. It is called the X’s and O’s chess match Marshall.

    Hall of fame coached and hall of fame quarterbacks are on record as saying stealing signals and plays has been going on for 100 years. It is called gamesmanship. Hey Marshall why don’t you visit the hall of fame. In the hall of fame they have Belichick’s game plan for that Super Bowl you whine about. You can be educated on the real reason you lost the game. It was a brilliant game plan to chip you on every play and wear you down and also to hit the receivers hard on every short crossing route that gave them alligator arms later in game and fear going over the middle. Belichick took away your strengths and you could not adjust. That is the reason you lost. It is all documented in the hall of fame. No the real reason you criticize the Patriots is that they became the Dynasty the rams were supposed to and you are a bitter old man. People that understand the game know your excuses are a load of crap. You could have easily called change of plays or audibles to catch Patriots out of position defensively if they knew your plays.

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