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Published: Monday, December 09, 2019 @ 4:17 PM
CINCINNATI — Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said Monday the NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots had an employee videotaping the Cincinnati Bengals’ play calls from the press box during Sunday’s game in Cleveland.
Cincinnati (1-12) suffered a 27-19 loss to the Browns on Sunday and hosts New England (10-3) on Sunday.
“I’m aware there was an incident, but I know the league is investigating it, so I’ve got no comment,” Taylor said Monday when asked if he had a reaction to the allegation.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that a Patriots scout was being filmed while working in the press box for a team feature. The video crew was credentialed to shoot in the press box and the Browns PR person was aware, Schefter reported.
Patriots’ advance scout was not filming but being filmed, per a league source. He was being filmed for a feature the team produced called, "Do Your Job." The video crew was credentialed by the Browns to shoot video in the press box and their PR person was aware, per the source— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 9, 2019
An official for the Bengals, who were playing at Cleveland Sunday, saw a member of the video crew wearing a Patriots’ shirt and alerted the league, which confiscated the video, according to the source. NFL has video; Patriots say video is a press-box feature of the advance scout.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 9, 2019
The NFL league office has a copy of the video tape and the Bengals organization has the original. What’s on the tape tells the truth.— Dianna (@diannaESPN) December 9, 2019
New England has been investigated for questionable tactics before, including “Spygate,” when the Patriots were disciplined by the league for videotaping the New York Jets’ defensive coaches’ signals from an unauthorized location during a game in 2007. There also was “Deflategate,” a controversy involving the allegation that Tom Brady ordered the deliberate deflation of footballs used in the Patriots’ AFC Championship win over Indianapolis during the 2014-15 playoffs.
Taylor last faced the Patriots in the Super Bowl to end the 2018 season, when he served as the Los Angeles Rams’ quarterbacks coach, but he said Monday the Bengals are treating them as “just another opponent.”