I think they will cheat if they get a chance. More a symptom than the disease itself, though. They will seek and use EVERY incremental advantage. If that includes finding a way to cheat and get away with it, that’s what they do.
Over the past few weeks, I have been blown away with the Patriots’ use of information, their continuous adjustment and improvement, and their team discipline. It’s like playing against cyborgs. It’s like playing blackjack against the house. If you play them long enough, they will beat you. Which is exactly what happened last night.
I had a sinking feeling when the Falcons went 3-and-out on their first possession in the the third quarter. When the cheats drew within 8, with time left for another possession, I said, “it’s over.” The only hope for the Falcons, as far as I was concerned, was stopping the two-point conversion. Because the Patriots had the defense figured out. And they were GOING to score a touchdown.
Cheats’ DC was on the radio talking about his guys. As they were getting destroyed, they kept making observations, coming back to the bench with suggestions, gathering anecdotal data. You could see the window slowing begin to close toward the end of the second quarter.
They are a very intelligent, inventive team. They are the kind of team I would love to be able to root for. But alas, I am a yinzer to the bone. And we will never be that smart.
If Brady returns next season, as well as BB, you can bet your ass they will cheat to pile on the legacy.
I call all pissed off steeler fans to call out Doug Flutie to blow the whistle on the headset ruse he accidentally discovered in 2005-2006.
He knows they were cheating in other ways besides filming.