Whenever Adams saw an opposing coach's signal he recognized, he'd say something like, "Watch for the Two Deep Blitz," and either that information was relayed to Brady or a play designed specifically to exploit the defense was called. A former Patriots employee who was directly involved in the taping system says "it helped our offense a lot," especially in divisional games in which there was a short amount of time between the first and second matchups, making it harder for opposing coaches to change signals.
Still, some of the coaches who were with the Patriots during the Spygate years debate the system's effectiveness. One coach who was in the booth with Adams says it didn't work because Adams was "horrible" and "never had the calls right. In fact, many former New England coaches and employees insist that the taping of signals wasn't even the most effective cheating method the Patriots deployed in that era.
Several of them acknowledge that during pregame warm-ups, a low-level Patriots employee would sneak into the visiting locker room and steal the play sheet, listing the first 20 or so scripted calls for the opposing team's offense. The practice became so notorious that some coaches put out fake play sheets for the Patriots to swipe. Numerous former employees say the Patriots would have someone rummage through the visiting team hotel for playbooks or scouting reports.
Walsh later told investigators that he was once instructed to remove the labels and erase tapes of a Patriots practice because the team had illegally used a player on injured reserve. At Gillette Stadium, the scrambling and jamming of the opponents' coach-to-quarterback radio line -- "small s" that many teams do, according to a former Pats assistant coach -- occurred so often that one team asked a league official to sit in the coaches' box during the game and wait for it to happen. Sure enough, on a key third down, the headset went out.
But the truth is, only one man truly knows how much Spygate, or any other suspect method, affected games: Belichick. He had spent his entire adult life in professional football, trying to master a game no coach could control. Since he entered the league in , Belichick had witnessed the dark side of each decade's dynasties, airbrushed away by time and lore. Football's tradition of cheating through espionage goes back to its earliest days, pioneered by legends such as George Halas.
And so when it came to certain tactics -- especially recording signals of a coach "in front of 80, people," Belichick would later say, a practice that he claimed other teams did and that former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson once confessed to trying himself -- Belichick considered it fair game. He could call an offensive or defensive play whenever he wanted, based on a suggestion from Adams or not, and never have to explain why to anyone. Belichick, Adams and Dee declined to comment for this story through the Patriots, who made several officials available to talk but not others. A former member of the NFL competition committee says the committee spent much of "discussing ways in which the Patriots cheated," even if nothing could be proved.
It reached a level of paranoia in which conspiracy theories ran wild and nothing -- the notion of bugging locker rooms or of Brady having a second frequency in his helmet to help decipher the defense -- was out of the realm of possibility. The rumors and speculation reached a fever pitch in Before the season, a rule was proposed to allow radio communications to one defensive player on the field, as was already allowed for quarterbacks.
If it had passed, defensive signals would have been unnecessary. But it failed. In , the proposal failed once again, this time by two votes, with Belichick voting against it. The rule change passed in after Spygate broke, with Belichick voting for it. The allegations against the Patriots prompted NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson to send a letter to all 32 team owners, general managers and head coaches on Sept. But the Patriots kept doing it. When asked what he was doing, according to notes from the Senate investigation of Spygate that had not previously been disclosed, Estrella said he was with Kraft Productions and was taping panoramic shots of the stadium.
He was removed by Packers security. That same year, according to former Colts GM Bill Polian, who served for years on the competition committee and is now an analyst for ESPN, several teams complained that the Patriots had videotaped signals of their coaches.
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And so the Patriots -- and the rest of the NFL -- were warned again, in writing, before the season, sources say. Looking back on it, several former Patriots coaches insist that spying helped them most against less sophisticated teams -- the Dolphins and Bills chief among them -- whose coaches didn't bother changing their signals. Even when they had the perfect play teed up, sometimes the system would fail, owing to human error.
Several opposing coaches now say they wish they had messed with Belichick's head the way he had messed with theirs. You want to tape signals? We'll have three guys signaling plays and disguise it so much that Ernie Adams has to waste an entire day trying to decode them, then change them all when we play. Mangini was entering his second year as the Jets' coach.
Belichick had practically invented Mangini: In January , he saw potential in a year-old Browns PR intern and moved the fellow Wesleyan alum into football operations. Belichick hired Mangini to be his assistant when he coached under head coach Bill Parcells for the Jets in the late '90s, and soon became a father figure of sorts to Mangini, whose father had died when he was young.
Then, in , Belichick brought Mangini to New England as defensive backs coach, promoting him to defensive coordinator in Mangini took the job over the objections of Belichick, who hated the Jets so much that he barely mentioned his tenure there in his official Patriots bio. Belichick revoked Mangini's key card access and didn't allow him to pack up his office. The tension was raised later that year, when the Patriots accused the Jets of tampering and the Jets countered with an accusation that the Patriots had circumvented the salary cap.
Mangini, who is currently the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers and who declined to comment for this story, knew the Patriots inside and out and would tweak his former boss by using his tricks against him, like having a quarterback punt on third-and-long at midfield, one of Belichick's favorite moves. Then there was the videotaping. Mangini knew the Patriots did it, so he would have three Jets coaches signal in plays: One coach's signal would alert the players to which coach was actually signaling in the play.
Still, Mangini saw it as a sign of disrespect that Belichick taped their signals -- "He's pissing in my face," he told a confidant -- and wanted it to end. Before the opener, sources say, he warned various Patriots staffers, "We know you do this. Don't do it in our house. Shortly before halftime, security encircled and then confronted Estrella. He said he was with "Kraft Productions. He was sweating. Someone gave Estrella water, and he was shaking so severely that he spilled it. The day after the game, Sept. Kraft told Belichick to tell the truth and cooperate with the investigation, and the coach waived the opportunity to have a hearing.
On Sept. Belichick explained that he had misinterpreted a rule, which the commissioner did not believe to be true, sources say, and that he had been engaged in the practice of taping signals for "some time. Belichick didn't volunteer the total number of games at which the Patriots had recorded signals, sources say, and the commissioner didn't ask. The next day, the league announced its historic punishment against the Patriots, including an NFL maximum fine for Belichick. Goodell and league executives hoped Spygate would be over.
But instead it became an obsession around the league and with many fans. When Estrella's confiscated tape was leaked to Fox's Jay Glazer a week after Estrella was caught, the blowback was so great that the league dispatched three of its executives -- general counsel Jeff Pash, Anderson and VP of football operations Ron Hill -- to Foxborough on Sept.
What happened next has never been made public: The league officials interviewed Belichick, Adams and Dee, says Glaser, the Patriots' club counsel. Once again, nobody asked how many games had been recorded or attempted to determine whether a game was ever swayed by the spying, sources say.
The Patriots staffers insisted that the spying had a limited impact on games. Then the Patriots told the league officials they possessed eight tapes containing game footage along with a half-inch-thick stack of notes of signals and other scouting information belonging to Adams, Glaser says. The league officials watched portions of the tapes. Goodell was contacted, and he ordered the tapes and notes to be destroyed, but the Patriots didn't want any of it to leave the building, arguing that some of it was obtained legally and thus was proprietary.
So in a stadium conference room, Pash and the other NFL executives stomped the videotapes into small pieces and fed Adams' notes into a shredder, Glaser says. She recalls picking up the shards of plastic from the smashed Beta tapes off the floor and throwing them away. The Patriots turned over what they turned over, and the NFL accepted it. Sources with knowledge of the investigation insist that the Patriots were "borderline noncompliant. Glaser adamantly denies that assertion, saying all the Patriots' evidence of stolen signals was turned over to the league that day.
The letter does not detail the games that were recorded or itemize the notes that were shredded. And that was it. The inquiry was over, with only Belichick and Adams knowing the true scope of the taping. After the season, Belichick would acknowledge the Patriots taped a "significant number" of games, and according to documents and sources, they recorded signals in at least 40 games during the Spygate era.
The quick resolution mollified some owners and executives, who say they admired the speed -- and limited transparency -- in which Goodell carried out the investigation. But other owners, coaches, team executives and players were outraged by how little the league investigated what the Patriots' cheating had accomplished in games.
The NFL refused to volunteer information -- teams that had been videotaped were not officially notified by the league office, sources say -- and some executives were told that the tapes were burned in a dumpster, not crushed into pieces in a conference room. The NFL's explanation of why it was destroyed -- "So that our clubs would know they no longer exist and cannot be used by anyone," the league said at the time -- only made it worse for those who were critical.
The view around much of the league was that Goodell had done a major favor for Kraft, one of his closest confidants who had extended critical support when he became the commissioner the previous summer. They were also angry at Belichick -- partly, some admit, out of jealousy for his success but also because of the widespread rumors that he was always pushing the envelope. The narrative that paralleled the Patriots' rise -- a team mostly void of superstars, built not to blow out opponents but to win the game's handful of decisive plays -- only increased rivals' suspicions.
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After all, the Patriots had won three Super Bowls by a total of nine points. Although Belichick admitted to Kraft that the taping had helped them only 1 percent of the time "Then you're a real schmuck," Kraft told him , the spying very well could have affected a game, opponents say. The Patriots' primary victims saw Spygate, and other videotaping rumors, as confirmation that they had been cheated out of a Super Bowl -- even though they lacked proof.
During halftime -- New England led -- Carolina's offensive coordinator, Dan Henning, changed game plans because of worries the Patriots had too close a read on Carolina's schemes. And, in the second half, the Panthers moved the ball at will before losing on a last-second field goal. But I'm convinced they did it. They knew a lot of our calls.
There's no question some of their players were calling out some of our stuff. Some of the Steelers' defensive coaches remain convinced that a deep touchdown pass from Brady to Deion Branch in the January AFC Championship Game, which was won by the Patriots , came from stolen signals because Pittsburgh hadn't changed its signals all year, sources say, and the two teams had played a game in the regular season that Walsh told investigators he believes was taped. When Spygate broke, some of the Eagles now believed they had an answer for a question that had vexed them since they lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX: How did New England seem completely prepared for the rarely used dime defense the Eagles deployed in the second quarter, scoring touchdowns on three of four drives?
The Eagles suspected that either practices were filmed or a playbook was stolen. It didn't matter that the Patriots went in Or that they would average more wins a season after Spygate than before. Or that Belichick would come to be universally recognized as his generation's greatest coach. Or that many with the Patriots remain mystified at the notion that a historic penalty was somehow perceived to be lenient. The Patriots were forever branded as cheaters -- an asterisk, in the view of many fans, forever affixed to their wins. The NFL was all too aware of the damage baseball had suffered because of the steroids scandal, its biggest stars and most cherished records tarnished.
After Spygate made headlines, rumors that had existed for years around the NFL that the Patriots had cheated in the Super Bowl that had propelled their run, against the Rams, were beginning to boil to the surface, threatening everything. Boy, will they care. Hulse asked Specter which team he thought would win the Super Bowl, which would eventually feature the New York Giants and the undefeated Patriots. Specter told Hulse he was troubled by the NFL's lightning-quick investigation and by the destruction of the tapes and the notes. Twice during the previous few months, he had written letters to Goodell seeking additional information about Spygate.
Twice the commissioner had not replied. That disclosure led to a story in the Times, putting Spygate, and all of its unanswered questions, front and center two days before the Super Bowl. Only then did Goodell reply to Specter. Unsatisfied, Specter told the Times, "The American people are entitled to be sure about the integrity of the game. The reports suggested Walsh had additional information -- and possessed videotapes -- of the Patriots' spying.
Specter was at the time the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. A former Philadelphia district attorney, he had cut his investigative teeth as a lawyer for the Warren Commission, and two decades earlier he had gone after the NFL for its antitrust exemption.
Specter was now 77 years old and undergoing chemotherapy to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the complications from which would claim his life in October One of his biggest political patrons was Comcast, the Philadelphia-based cable TV giant that was at the time locked in a dispute with the league over fees for carrying the NFL Network, a connection the senator vehemently denied had motivated his interest in Spygate.
Instead, Specter said he was motivated by curiosity about Goodell's own statements on the matter, according to hundreds of previously undisclosed papers belonging to Specter and interviews with former aides and others who spoke with him at the time. At his pre-Super Bowl news conference on Feb. Goodell was asked how many tapes the league had reviewed, and destroyed, the previous September. The Patriots had spied far more often than that, of course, but Specter didn't know it at the time.
All he knew was that he didn't buy Goodell's explanation for destroying the tapes -- that he didn't want to create an uneven playing field. During the 1-hour, minute interview, the new details of which are revealed in Specter's papers and in interviews with key aides, Goodell was supremely confident, "cool as a cucumber," stuck to his talking points and apologized for nothing, recalls a senior aide to Specter. Pash, who according to a source later that spring would offer to resign over how the Spygate investigation was handled, spent the interview "sweating, squirming.
Repeating what he had proclaimed publicly, Goodell assured Specter the destroyed tapes went back only to the season. But then he confessed something new: that the Patriots began their taping operation in and the destroyed notes were for games as early as , "overwhelmingly for AFC East rivals," contradicting an assertion he made just two weeks earlier in public.
The commissioner told Specter that among the destroyed notes were the Patriots' detailed diagrams of the Steelers' defensive signals from several games, including the January AFC Championship Game -- in which Ward later alleged that the Patriots called "our stuff out. When Specter pressed Goodell on the speed of the investigation and his decision to destroy evidence, Goodell became "defensive" and had "the overtone of something to hide" according to notes taken by Danny Fisher , a counsel on Sen.
Specter's Judiciary Committee staff and the lead investigator on the Spygate inquiry. Goodell assured Specter that "most teams do not believe there is an advantage" from the taping, a comment contradicted by the outraged public and private remarks of many players and coaches, then and now. The senator seethed that Goodell seemed completely uninterested in whether a single game had been compromised.
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He certainly was seeing some violence and that continued, to some extent, when he was at the University of Florida. But the big, bad influence seems to have been from his hometown in Connecticut. What was your writing process like for this book, and how long did it take? I was writing while we were gathering research. We wanted to get the book out as quickly as we could, figuring that there would be other books.
I think the fact that we announced this book probably headed off some of the books. That also happened with 48 Hours, but 48 Hours never pays for their interviews. But we had plenty. The only time we would have considered it is if we felt somebody really had something to say. We considered the possibility of paying one or two of the guys who were in the car with him when Odin Lloyd was murdered, but we never quite got to that point. Actually, with Carlos Ortiz, we went up to the prison. He was afraid and he was shaking and we never got to the bottom of that but he wound up not giving us an interview.
For no reason. He had planned all night to be with the guy. Leaving the area, he shot out the side, leaving a bullet in the car, a shell. Something was going on there. It certainly was not a professional hit man or any sort of murder that you would expect to get away with. So he was either very confused or high or both. He had it all and he threw it all away.
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