We all heard about Mike Tomlin accusing the Patriots of tampering with the Steelers headset. Now, Ben Roethlisberger has chimed in with an accusation of an illegal defensive formation.
"We saw it on film that the Patriots do that. They shift and slide and do stuff on the goal line, knowing that it’s an itchy trigger-finger-type down. I was arguing the fact that he shifted in the middle of a cadence, and I thought that there was a rule against it. Maybe there’s not — maybe it’s an unwritten rule — I don’t really know."
As it turns out, there's no rule against disrupting a team's cadence with a defensive line shift, so long as it doesn't involve "words or signals." To recap, the Steelers knew the Patriots used this tactic from watching film, committed a false start penalty on the sequence anyhow, and then complained about it afterwards.
The reality is, Bill Belichick is smarter than everyone else in this leagues--other head coaches, quarterback, everyone--and when they get beat by someone who is literally a genius, their feeble minds immediately go to, "hey, they cheated." That is frustrating as all hell for Patriots fans and is just fucking sad.
Welcome to the new world order. From now on, whenever the Patriots win, this is going to happen. That's just the way it's going to be.
Thanks a lot, Roger Goodell, for brain washing everyone in this league into thinking the Patriots are serial cheaters and creating a state of mass hysteria and paranoia. So, instead of being in awe of how well run and incredibly smart this organization is top to bottom, coaches, owners and players around the league will give us weekly post game soundbites claiming sabotage. Good job, Mr. Commissioner, you incompetent prick.
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