Madden, who coached the Oakland Raiders from 1969-79, said stealing signs is nothing new. "Well, I mean, we all did it, and that was part of it, getting signals," he said. "Every coach in the world is always pushing to get a competitive advantage, that's always been happening. "And if they are giving away cues, or clues, or whatever tendencies that you could pick up, you take them, and you play against them. "Part of it is a player giving away a play. Part of it can be the snap count, part of it can be signals that they're signaling in, or you hear the things they yell. That's always been, happening from Day 1 of football." The difference now, he said, "is it's become so sophisticated compared to when I coached. They not only have the tape after the game, but they have all the computer stuff to edit it. They know so much more about each other than we ever did." Other than that, he said, nothing has really changed. "It did happen when I was coaching, before I was coaching, and after I was coaching," Madden said. "The difference here is using videotape." Madden also bemoaned the fact that the controversy detracted from last Sunday's game. "The Patriots were so impressive against the Jets, especially their offensive line," he said. "They played really well, so there was a lot of good football there and a lot of things that they can carry over into this game." Nice to see one person giving an honest perspective. Thank you, John Madden. I'd like to see the media show the true reality of the situation. From their perspective, the Pats is the only team trying to pick up other teams' signals. I've now come to the realization that the media is nothing but a circus of clowns.