Bill Belichick was so fed up with Deflategate Saturday, he even addressed Spygate charges in greater detail than ever before.
At the end of Belichick’s impromptu press conference today to describe the team’s internal simulation of the preparation of footballs this week, the Patriots head coach took a few questions. He was asked if the team’s approach of “not pushing the envelope” on rules infractions changed after the Patriots were reprimanded for videotaping Jets defensive coaches’ signals in 2007.
In a move rarely seen in Foxborough, Belichick addressed the “Spygate” issue head on.
“Look, that’s a whole ‘nother discussion but, the guy’s giving signals out in front of 80,000 people, OK?” Belichick said regarding his take on the infamous videotaping charges. “So we filmed him taping signals in front of 80,000 people like there were a lot of other teams doing at that time – forget about that – if we were wrong, then we’ve been disciplined for that… the guy’s in front of 80,000 people, 80,000 people saw it. Everybody sees our guy in front of 80,000 people. There he is.
“It was wrong, we were disciplined for it. That’s it. We never did it again. We’re never going to do it again. And anything else that’s close, we’re not going to do either… anything that’s even remotely close, we’re on the side of caution.”
Belichick had stated earlier in the presser that the team goes out of it’s way to avoid any potential rules violations.
“We try to do everything right,” Belichick said. “We err on the side of caution. It’s been that way now for many years. Anything that’s close, we stay as far away from the line as we can, and in this case I can say that we are – as far as I know and everything that I can do – we did everything as right as we could do it. And we welcome the league’s investigation in this matter. I think there are a number of things that need to be looked into on a number of levels but that’s not for this conversation. I’m sure that will be taken up at another point in time.”