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Charlie Weis a Product of Spygate?

I’m sure this crossed my mind last year when the news about Spygate first came out. It got us all wondering how legitimate the Patriots’ success was. It made me wonder how good their defense, offense, and coaches really were if they had the advantage of knowing opponents’ plays ahead of time. Which brings us to Charlie Weis. I didn’t think it was all that special what Weis did with New England for two reasons — one, the Pats’ defense was the real stalwart, and two, it’s pretty easy to be successful when Tom Brady’s your quarterback. Well it’s comforting to know that Steve Young is skeptical as well. As he told Dan Patrick:

“I remember thinking to myself during some of the runs, ‘Charlie Weis is a genius,’” Young said. “I mean, I remember saying that to people: ‘This guy is uncanny, how he’s able to make these adjustments and just come out and dominate in the second half.’ What it’s left me to do is, well, I don’t know. Did it matter? I could see how it could matter if you put it all together. So it’s a tough one. I think that people earn it on the field, and I think you’ve got to move on and move forward and just recognize that it’s not a good thing at the time.”

Much unlike Mangenius, Weis is staying tight-lipped about Spygate. Man, would I love to chat with that guy off the record about some of their antics. But how about it? Without the aid of video assistance, Tom Brady, and to a lesser extent, Brady Quinn, Charlie Weis doesn’t look so hot. Maybe he’s just one of the many products of the cheating Patriots. Imagine the sham, not to mention shame, on Notre Dame.

(via SbB)



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  • SpinMax

    Funny how you go from one league where the talent is quite similar and a certain cheating advantage really makes a difference…but when you are in college where the other team has much better athletes…your ‘genius’ doesn’t work so well.

  • Eric

    Larry, I’m very disappointed in you. Something tells me the sun out there has fried your brain. ;-) Sha-na-na-na-no, Larry! (Sorry, I had to do that. :-D) Same with you, SpinMax.

    There was no cheating employed. You guys make it sound like teams can’t videotape opposing coaches. That is incorrect. Teams can videotape live game situations, including the opposing coaches; however, it must occur in “enclosed areas with an overhead roof,” which means the stands. That’s where the Pats ran afoul of the rules–Belichick had a guy on the sidelines because he thought he could get away with it. In fact, he told Matt Walsh as much. Belichick was arrogant enough to believe that he was above NFL guidelines, and, well, obviously, he was wrong. Still, although we won’t know this about the Jets game tape, when Goodell released Matt Walsh’s tapes, they were almost entirely from the end zone stands and other seating areas. That’s legal, guys. Nothing wrong with that.

    Again, the issue is that the Pats had a guy on the sidelines after the Commish specifically told teams not to do that, and Belichick essentially told him to kiss off. That is something one never wants to do to the Big Boss Man.