Patriots' videotaping investigation stems from team's documentary series

Tanya Simon
December 10, 2019

Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor said Monday that the National Football League is investigating if the Patriots had a videographer filming the Bengals sideline from the Cleveland press box during Sunday's game.

This would seem like a rather innocent hiccup were it not for the surrounding details.

As ESPN's Adam Schefter highlights, a Patriots advanced scout was being filmed for a "Do Your Job" documentary feature the team routinely produces.

This latest thread is only in the beginning stages of being tugged and unraveled. In a lengthy feature by ESPN, which detailed the 2007 Spygate scandal, former New England video assistant Matt Walsh told investigators that one of the criteria for filming would be to explain they are filming for a "team show", the same qualification here.

According to The MMQB's Albert Breer, neither the Bengals nor the NFL were informed of the videographer in the press box, which led Cincinnati to alert league officials to have the situation investigated.

FYI, the Patriots are playing the Bengals next week. which is why the scout was there in the first place.

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But when you're talking about the Patriots, things can always get interesting.

In other words, a big misunderstanding.

The Patriots asked for and received credentials and permission from the host Browns but neglected to notify the Bengals of their plans, according to the source. The Patriots cleared it with the Browns, have turned the footage over to the NFL and are cooperating fully with the league'.

The Patriots had a scout in the Browns' facility to view New England's upcoming opponent, the Bengals.

The truth is that the days where videotaping can actually provide a competitive advantage are over.

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