It might not totally relate, but pretend to understand the correlation. Had Lord Cardigan's army had advance spies examining the battlefield of Balaclava during the Crimean War, they would have never ridden into the valley of death and there would be no Charge of the Light Brigade. Noble were the five hundred, but more importantly they were the least informed. Instead the British were totally destroyed that day. If the Patriots knew every single defensive rush on Sunday, you better believe they were going to whip the Jets. Was I the only one suspicious of the absurdly good protection on Sunday?
There are rules of war, and rules of the National Football League. The latter explicitly state you cannot record footage of a team's defensive signals. That's a rather serious integrity breach of the league. Whether it helped them win Sunday or helps them win the second game against New York, what cannot be debated is that it helps them win. If you don't think knowing a defense's signals is an unfair advantage, you don't understand football. This cannot be tolerated.
What's worse, this is hardly the first smoke surrounding Bill Belichick's Patriots.
From Pro Football Talk comes some smoke that the Patriots have actually wired defensive players to understand offensive communication.
On top of this, the Boston Herald is saying this is actually the 4th suspected instance of recording signals from an opponent and that Belichick has a reputation around the league of bending (read: breaking) the rules.
The situation regarding the New England Patriots and the allegations/proof that they have stolen defensive signals is unofficially getting weirder.
The signal stealing flap is relevant only to defensive signals, since all offensive calls are made by radio. But we're now aware of suspicions/rumors regarding efforts by the Pats to get a leg up as to opposing offenses.
Specifically, we're told that it's believed that, during the 2006 season, the Patriots were putting microphones on defensive linemen in order to capture the offensive line calls and the quarterback audibles.
Then, the audio and the video of the game would be matched up, and the defensive players would be given the code at halftime.
Stealing signals through video or audio espionage is against the rules, as it should be. Knowing what blitz is coming or what pass protection is called can win you a football game even if it's the Oakland Raiders lined up against the Pats. This is worse than a single player taking steroids. Worse than a player being arrested to marijuana possession. If Roger Goodell is serious about maintaining the integrity of the NFL, he'll dock the Patriots a game.
We'll see what the Pats have to say in their defense, but with the current information available, just taking away a draft pick isn't going to change the behavior of a coach who has clearly been getting away with this for a while.