Charlie Weis' name was pulled into the Spygate scandal for the first time in Thursday's New York Times.
Weis was among a small circle of people who knew about the taping of opponents' signals, former Patriots videographer Matt Walsh told the paper. Walsh said that other than Weis and Bill Belichick, the group included Walsh's supervisor Jimmy Dee, video department employee Fernando Neto, Ernie Adams (described as a "mysterious" assistant) and the Patriots' quarterbacks.
Walsh was the center of Spygate scandal that seemingly ended this week after his meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
"If someone questioned why Walsh was filming an opposing sideline," the Times stated, "he was told to say he was shooting the chains and the down-and-distance marker. If a team asked why the Patriots needed a third videographer, Walsh was instructed to say the coaches wanted two end-zone shots or tight footage."
Walsh asked a Patriots' quarterback (not identified) if the filming helped:
Walsh quoted the quarterback as saying: “Actually, probably about 75 percent of the time, Tampa Bay ran the defense we thought they were going to run. If not more.”
Drew Bledsoe and Tom Brady were among the four quarterbacks on the roster back in 2000.
"I know that we had a quarterback learning the signals and then relaying that information to Charlie (Weis)," Walsh told the Times, "and Charlie would then call it in to the quarterback on the field, through the coach-to-quarterback communication system in the helmet. As far as whether the quarterback on the field was actually told what defense was being run, or the coach, Charlie, just simply used that information in his play-calling that he called in, I’m not sure."