ESPN just nuked the Patriots and NFL for Spygate

It may be hard to believe, but Roger Goodell’s seemingly tenuous position as commissioner of the NFL is more secure following his handling of the DeflateGate scandal, according to a bombshell of a story co-written by ESPN’s Don Van Natta, Jr. and Seth Wickersham under the Outside the Lines banner. The reason goes all the way back to Spygate, the 2007 New England Patriots videotaping scandal.
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Owners and others were disappointed that the NFL did not issue stronger discipline to the Patriots in the wake of the investigation over video taping opposing teams’ hand signals. The ESPN report, in talking with owners, executives and others around the league, found that many inside the NFL view Goodell’s tough stance on DeflateGate as a “makeup call” for how the league handled the Spygate.

The game was similar to Pittsburgh’s 30-12 playoff win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The Dolphins allowed two long touchdown passes to Brown early in the game. Then they showed signs of life but lost two fumbles to kill any realistic chance of a comeback. The Dolphins scored their only touchdown in the fourth quarter, with the outcome no longer in doubt.

So a fast start by the Chiefs, perhaps spurred by some aggressive playcalling, would help as well.

“They’ll probably be the first ones to tell you you’ve got to take care of the ball,” Reid said of the Dolphins. “You’ve got to block and tackle well and you’ve got to play well. They’re a good football team. There are only a few teams remaining that are playing. They’re all good football teams. That’s an important thing to know.

Youth Ernie Stautner Jersey “You’ve got to do what got you here. There’s not a lot of room for error. That’s not what this time of year is about.”