Originally Posted by SonOfLe-loLang
I dont think taping defensive signals, which change, is that big of a deal. And i'll stand by that. They deserve their penalty, its still cheating, but CLEARLY they didnt need it because they've been just as dominant ever since.
And spare me the "they havent won a super bowl" bs. They've been to two more since then (including a 16-0 season) and could have easily won those games if a couple of balls bounced their way.
So your position is that it doesn't help an offense much to know in advance what the defense is going to do? I'd counter that with... it's ludicrous to presume that knowing (in advance) precisely what the other team is gonna do wasn't a huge advantage to Gruden's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the SB vs. his former team.
You certainly have the right to be a Patriot apologist if you wish... but the fact is, if the rule-breaking had not
yielded a significant competitive edge, Belicheat wouldn't have kept doing it.