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BSJ Daily Briefing 12.16.19: Defense carries Patriots in Cincy, tape snippet revealed and it’s not great

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I wonder if Andy Dalton actually tries in these games...

  • I have no interest in giving you an opinion that is anything other than my honest take. To do anything other than that goes against who I am and it does you absolutely no good. Just like how I told you Tom Brady would get suspended by the league because of his and the team's reaction to deflate-gate. I'm giving you my honest opinion from covering the NFL and the people in it for nearly 20 years.
  • I didn't think this was a big deal until I saw Glazer's footage. If that's representative of the entire tape — and I've heard from league sources the entire film is much worse, but who really knows? — then I expect them to be docked a mid-round pick and fined, at the minimum.
  • I was hoping, for their sake, that it was going to show a wider angle of the field and both teams, and nothing tight. That would be easily explained. That video was the worst-case scenario and it explains why the Bengals are so pissed. It's entirely focused on the area of the bench where the Bengals were making substitutions. I texted a few NFL sources yesterday to get their opinion and they were all ticked off and agreed that it was bad.
  • Even if it was a total accident and just terrible, terrible timing, and that video guy is a complete jackwagon Masshole, they're still guilty by association even without the prior offenses. You can think that was nonsense too, but the NFL and its members absolutely do not. And that's all that matters.
  • This isn't about signals. It doesn't matter what the Patriots may or may not have gotten out of the tape. We all know Spygate didn't give the Patriots that much of an advantage, but they didn't keep a library of film and notes for nothing. Every NFL team is obsessed with information. They want as much as possible. This appears to be an effort to further that. Unless you can prove intent, that's how it will play in league circles.
  • Ultimately, we need to see all the evidence so we can know the whole truth, but this does not look good for the Patriots. I'm not saying they're guilty. I'm not saying they were definitely trying to tape the Bengals. I'm telling you how it looks to the league. And it's not nothing.

Time to hit the links...


Bedard: Patriots offense takes baby steps that could be ruined if Edelman’s knee gives out
Delusional Bengals WR Tyler Boyd the latest victim for Stephon Gilmore
Podcast: Bedard on win over Bengals, filming incident with Patriots Postgame Show 12.15.19
BSJ Game Report: Patriots 34, Bengals 13 – After rough start, defense locks down thanks to Gilmore
Dr. Flynn: Julian Edelman is reportedly dealing with a knee issue, what does that mean?
NFL Notebook: What’s the most likely playoff path for the Patriots? Plus, Belichick & Brady on Oakland


NBA Notebook: What can the Celtics reasonably do now that trade season has begun?
Podcast: B-Robb on Sports Hub Celtics Show


NHL Notebook: Bruins might not win Taylor Hall sweepstakes, but could still benefit from a New Jersey fire sale
For now, Charlie Coyle looks to be Bruins’ best solution for vacancy on David Krejci’s line


MLB Notebook: Assessing the best landing spot for David Price; predicting Mookie’s haul
Live Q & A: Chat Red Sox and MLB with Sean McAdam, Monday @ 5 p.m.



5 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — Sean McAdam on Red Sox/MLB
7 p.m.: NHL — Washington at Columbus (NHLN)
8 p.m.: NBA — Dallas at Milwaukee (NBATV)
8:15 p.m.: 
NFL — Indianapolis at New Orleans (NBCSB)

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