Has the NFL only helped the Patriots? http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_528149.html By Mike Prisuta TRIBUNE-REVIEW Wednesday, September 19, 2007 Commissioner Roger Goodell may need more information regarding recent activities of the New England Patriots, but others who draw a paycheck for NFL-related activities have seen all they need to see. Reaction in the scouting community to the Pats' Sunday night pummeling of San Diego can be summarized in two words: "Holy (expletive)." From Tom Brady to Randy Moss to Adalius Thomas, the Patriots were as impressive on the field as owner Bob Kraft was seemingly insincere during his halftime interview with Al Michaels regarding what was and was not known in advance of "Videotape-Gate." New England delivered as advertised. The really bad news for the rest of the league is the Patriots have clearly rallied around their head coach and one another thanks to the controversy and subsequent disciplinary action handed down from Goodell. Bill Belichick need no longer concern himself with artificially fostering that us-against-the-world mentality so many coaches seem so desperate to create. The NFL has done that for him. It appears as if the Pats are now committed to taking out their anger/frustration/contempt on the rest of the league. And if that's the case, it's not too soon to contemplate the possibility of New England going undefeated. Already, the Patriots' legend is growing in places where talent evaluators gather to quench their thirsts or pass the time in lieu of grading prospects at schools that don't actually have any. The best of such stories being bandied about by scouts maintains Brady, who is permitted to run the offensive meeting once a week in training camp, called out Moss on one occasion and told him, in effect, if he didn't run his routes the way he's supposed to run them he wasn't going to get the ball. That's the same Moss who had became infamous in the scouting community last season for allegedly refusing to run onto the dirt portion of the baseball diamond on the field in Oakland. The same one who caught two TD passes from and shared one sideline embrace with Brady in Sunday night's 38-14 destruction of San Diego. Uh-oh.