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NFL investigating Broncos for illegal taping

Posted on: November 27, 2010 10:22 am
Denver, coached by Josh McDaniels, is being investigated by the NFL for illegally taping a San Francisco practice (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Denver Post is reporting that the NFL is investigating whether the Broncos illegally taped a 49ers practice a day before the teams played in London.

The team’s director of video operations, Steve Scarnecchia, is on a “personal leave of absence,” Broncos chief operating officer Joe Ellis confirmed to the paper. According to the Post , Scarnecchia did not travel to San Diego last week and did not appear at the Broncos complex this week.

The paper contacted Scarnecchia at home, but he declined comment, as did NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. Head coach Josh McDaniels could not be reached for comment.

You might recall that McDaniels was employed by the Patriots when they were found to have illegally videotaped the Jets coaches sending in signals during the course of a game in 2007. Scarnecchia also is a former New England employee, but he wasn’t with the team in 2007, though he has been accused of being overly vigilant in taping other teams’ signals (even, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter made mention of it on the Senate floor in 2008).

The illegal taping this year is alleged to have occurred Saturday, Oct. 30 when both teams had access to Wembley Stadium for their final walk-throughs in preparation for the game San Francisco won 24-16.

This is what McDaniels said about the Spygate incident in New England when he was originally hired by Denver.

"I don't think it is good,” he told reporters. “To have that kind of attention was a distraction, and I think that is how we all treated it. We tried to do the best we could to limit those distractions every week, and it will be no different here. Certainly we are never looking to do anything that is not within the rules established by the National Football League."

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Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:50 am

NFL investigating Broncos for illegal taping

Good please get this fag Mcdaniels out..........Trying to prove something BY getting rid of all the great players on the team?...........Denver had the most potent offense coming out of 08 They NEEDED a defense not a damn idiot to get rid of Cutler, Marshall, peyton Hillis.....damn idiot

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:48 am

NFL investigating Broncos for illegal taping

I enjoy watching football and more especially, I enjoy watching teams who are acting as a team as they perform at a high level and win as a result, without cheating!  This includes the Patriots.  In spite of all the Patriots success since Belichick became Head Coach, I have had a tarnished image of the Patriots because of their illegal taping of the Jets and who knows how many other teams. I can't help but feel that all or most of New England's success, may have been, or is being attained, through questionable means, in spite of what talent may be on the team, in any given year.  Belichick's impersonal approach to the media, fans and opposing coaches, compounds that smarmy image I have of the Pats and it makes an otherwise fun team to watch, a team I want to lose, every game. 

I've never had an issue with the Broncos and in fact, I've had a good image of the franchise for a long time, especially since one of my former high school class-mates, played his entire career in Denver.  But now, a former Belichick asst coach, is leading the team and if these charges turn out to be true facts, I wouldn't care who was on the team, I will look at a Josh McDaniels Denver team, with the same disdain, that I have for the Bill Belichick Patriots. 

I realize NFL football has become big business and is all about big money and notoriety- especially for winning franchises... but I wouldn't care who it is that is found guilty of cheating (even my Vikings), I would choose not to watch and find something else to do, rather than give any cheaters, any credit.  Additionally, I most certainly would not buy NFL products, as long as they let cheaters, in the game. Putting it another way -I find myself rooting against the Yankees because they out-spend everybody in baseball and essentially buy their success... but under the MLB rules, it's legal and I still watch. If my Twins couldn't win the World series,  I could deal with the Yankees winning several World Series, doing it legally, than to have New England, or perhaps Denver , win another Super Bowl, as long as known cheaters are involved with these teams.

Since: May 14, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:33 am

NFL investigating Broncos for illegal taping

I wonder if both Hoody and Hoody Jr. hide their cameras inside the hoodies?

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:31 am

NFL investigating Broncos for illegal taping

Psubeerman21 I was thinking the same exact thing as I read this article. If you are allegedly going to do all of that at least win the friggin game for crying out loud. What is even worse is that unlike the Patriots the Broncos if found liable can not afford to lose draft picks because they are just not that good.

Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:19 am
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:18 am

NFL investigating Broncos for illegal taping

But the Broncos suck and they aren't the Patriots.

So in other words, you won't hear much more about this story (a la the Dolphins recording Brady's signals in 2006 I believe it was).

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:07 am

NFL investigating Broncos for illegal taping

I find it funny the first to respond is a Patriots fan..

Maybe I was the first to read the story, you knob gobbler.

Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:05 am

NFL investigating Broncos for illegal taping

Illegal?  It may be against NFL rules, but that doesn't make it illegal.  Let's leave that description to truly legal matters.

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:04 am

NFL investigating Broncos for illegal taping

Um, he's not starting rumors.  Why not call the Denver Post and tell THEM that?

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:04 am

NFL investigating Broncos for illegal taping

What were they videotaping?  The cheerleaders?  They lost the game, for the love of God.  If you are going to cheat, at least cheat so you can win, not so you can get caught and look like idiots.  Jeez.

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