Hello everybody, I've feel I've got a pretty good theory about the truth of this whole Spygate controversy. I wrote a piece titled, Spygate...The Untold Story and sent it out to Florio (profootballtalk), King (CNNSI), Bruce (bostonsportsmedia), and a few others. Florio responded that it was too long. It was almost three pages on word, so I agree. I'm attempting to get to the heart of the matter in a much quicker manner and would like to hear your thoughts. Thanks I'd like to have an intelligent discussion about the whole Spygate drama. At this point, the only thing any of us know for sure is that the Patriots were filming the Jets coaches. They're clearly guilty of being in violation of league rules on that. My question is whether the the accusation of "cheating" should depend on the means in which Belichick used that footage? That's an awfully strong word, I'm not sure its entirely appropriate. The entire cheating accusation is based on the "assumption" that they were using the footage to cheat by stealing signals from the opposing teams sideline for the purpose of being able to decipher those signals during the course of either that particular game or perhaps a subsequent game if they were to meet again down the road. In your objective minds, does the purpose for which these signals were used have any impact on whether the allegations of cheating are warranted? For example, what if all the assumptions are wrong. What if the footage was only used as an advanced scouting method and it had nothing to do with ever stealing the opposing teams signals during the course of any game? What if Belichick only used the footage to assist him in developing what is probably best described as "personality profiles" of every coach in the league? What if matching the film of the adjustments up with the game film, Belichick then used the footage as a sort of "key" to unlock the specific tendencies of each coach and/or coordinator in the league? In essence Belichick would be attempting to gain an understanding of how each coach thinks? How might they react to each particular situation that occurs during the game? For example...When the defense has their base defense on the field, what adjustments do they make when the offense goes empty backfield or brings in three tight ends. If this is proven to be the case, how would it affect your current stance? In my opinion, this isn't cheating. This is absolute brilliance. This level of thinking is what makes Belichick the greatest coaching mind of his time, perhaps even ever. It's worth noting that there is nothing that Belichick did with that video camera that he couldn't do with a digital camera and a note pad, while staying completely within the rules. The only thing the video camera really does is make it easier on the administrative assistants assigned the task of organizing and compiling the data. And if that's indeed the case, the only thing Belichick is really guilty of is being a thoughtful boss. At the end of the day, the punishment and ridicule that this man and organization have received far exceeds the crime.