Belichick downplays Spygate

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick downplayed Spygate when the topic was raised under a news conference about an investigation into deflated footballs used in the AFC championship game.

“Look, that’s a whole ‘nother discussion,” Belichick said when asked if he had stopped pushing the envelope after Spygate. “The guy’s giving signals in front of 80,000 people, OK? So we filmed him making signals out in front of 80,000 people like there were a lot of other teams doing at that time, too. Forget about that. If we were wrong, then we’ve been disciplined for that.”

Spygate damaged the Patriots' reputation, cost them a first-round draft pick, a $250,000 fine and Belichick was fined $500,000. It was found the Patriots were illegally taping the New York Jets' defensive signals during a September game in 2007.

“The guy is in front of 80,000 people, 80,000 people saw it," Belichick said. "Everybody on the sideline saw it. Everybody sees our guy in front of 80,000 people. There he is. So, it was wrong and we were disciplined for it. That’s it. Again, we are never going to do it again and anything that’s close, we aren’t going to do it, either.”

Belichick said he's careful when it comes to NFL rules.

“We always do," Belichick said. "But I mean anything that’s even remotely close, we are on the side of caution."

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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