Patriots caught on tape Face punishment from commish By John Tomase The Patriots thought they could win the Border War with pure firepower, but like all scrappy, overmatched foes, the Jets countered with guerrilla tactics. And now the 38-14 victors are reeling instead of rolling, exposed by an enemy coaching staff that knows their deep, dark secrets better than any in the league. With a number of Jets coaches - including head man Eric Mangini - experienced in some of the Patriotsâ more underhanded maneuvers, the Jets went where other teams wouldnât dare, ratting out their rivals for illegally videotaping defensive signals. And now it looks like the Pats are going to pay. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell believes the Patriots broke the rules and intends to punish them, according to a league source. The news, first reported by ESPN.com, means the Patriots could lose draft picks and be fined. âItâs embarrassing is what it is,â said former NFL defensive lineman Mike Golic. âAt some point, my god, you just have to line up and play ball. Sometimes coaches get too out of hand trying to steal something instead of just feeling confident. âThe Patriots had the best offseason of anybody. They have the best team on paper. They dominated the Jets in Week 1. And now youâre going to get caught for this? Come on. Iâll use the word again - itâs embarrassing.â The Patriots have until Friday to plead their case by phone, but they shouldnât expect leniency if Goodellâs history on player misconduct is any indication. Spokesman Greg Aiello said the league has not yet decided whether to punish the Pats. However, league insiders believe Goodell was swayed by what he saw on the camera that was confiscated from Patriots video assistant Matt Estrella, a 26-year-old in his fourth year with the team. Coming on the heels of similar allegations by the Packers, Lions, and one other unnamed team last season, the evidence has mounted. There also are questions regarding the Patriotsâ use of radio frequencies during the game. âWhere thereâs smoke, thereâs fire,â Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters in Pittsburgh. âThose rumors are founded on something. So itâs not totally shocking, no.â The competition committee is expected to address the issue, possibly with tougher rules for next season. It can also recommend the Patriots lose draft picks, although only Goodell can make that decision. âThe first thing that came to mind is, there will not be another visiting person on the sidelines with a camera ever again,â said former punter/linebacker Paul Maguire. âThat crap is over.â Whatâs only just beginning is the Jets-Pats war. It should come as no surprise that the Jets caught the Patriots in the act. The Pats had used the same cameraman to do the same thing on the Packersâ sideline last season, when current Jets quarterbacks coach Brian Daboll was wide receivers coach for the Patriots, and Mangini undoubtedly witnessed many of their tactics firsthand. But that hasnât stopped a number of Pats-Jets shenanigans since Mangini became the HC of the NYJ. Last year, for instance, television cameras caught Jets linebacker Matt Chatham - a former Patriot - practically frisking a ballboy who was supposed to be standing on the line of scrimmage, but had instead migrated behind Mangini on the Jets bench. Golic wonders what the point is. Not only are the Patriots more talented than the Jets, theyâre more talented than pretty much everybody. âIf youâre a player, youâd hate to think your team would even do this kind of thing,â he said. âItâs disheartening. You think you just dominated a team, but wait a minute, weâre stealing signs. I have a hard time believing thatâs the reason they were winning games. It just seems like such an unnecessary avenue to pursue.â Patriots owner Robert Kraft, appearing at a charity event in Mansfield, was asked when he expected a verdict, but said those questions had to be directed toward Goodell. âThere is an investigation going on now, and perhaps an adjudication of it, and I think it would be inappropriate at this time to make any comment,â Kraft told The Associated Press. âWhen youâre successful in anything, a lot of people like to try to take you down and do different things. We understand that. âWe worked very hard to try to put an organization together that we all could be proud of in New England, and weâre very proud of the New England Patriots organization and the record that theyâve established over the last 13 seasons and one game."