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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: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:01 am

NFL investigating Broncos for illegal taping

Hey Josh! I hope you are proven wrong. Don't start rumors unless you have absolute proof. Give the Broncos the benefit of the doubt!

Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2010 10:59 am

NFL investigating Broncos for illegal taping

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

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2010 10:44 am

NFL investigating Broncos for illegal taping

Ya, but the Bronco's suck so nobody will care.  Somehow or another this will turn into another bash the Patriots situation since they're actually winning some games.  Funny how the Jets were never chided for illegally videotaping signals in 2006, a year before the Pats got caught.  Oh ya, that's right, the Jets suck so who cares.

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