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    WALSH DIDNíT FILM RAMS DURING 2001 REGULAR SEASON
    Posted by Mike Florio on May 26, 2008, 9:29 p.m.
    Last week, we wrote that someone needs to nail down the question of whether former Pats video employee Matt Walsh taped the defensive coaching signals of the St. Louis Rams during the 2001 regular-season game played between the two teams.

    If Walsh did, then there would be a real possibility that the tape was used in an effort to crack the Ramsí code for the teamsí Super Bowl XXXVI rematch.

    Buried in a Q&A session between Walsh and the New York Times is the apparent answer to the question. Asked what his duties were during that regular-season game, Walsh said: ďFilmed, to the best of my recollection. I canít specifically say I remember the details of what I filmed.Ē

    So the answer to the key question is ďmaybeĒ.

    Weíre concerned, frankly, by the equivocal nature of Walshís response. Faced with an opportunity to remove a fairly large cloud of concern from the Patsí unexpected achievements in 2001, Walsh pulled out the ďI donít rememberĒ card, even though his memory on other topics is as clear and thorough as Rain Manís knowledge of the phone book from A through half of G.

    How could Walsh not remember whether the teamís then-fledging taping experiment would return the ultimate payoff by giving the Pats video evidence of the Ramsí defensive coaching signals as the two teams prepared to meet in the Super Bowl?

    Surely, Walsh didnít tape the Ramsí defensive coaching signals during that regular season game. Otherwise, he would have said that he did. His failure to say that he didnít in unmistakable terms is, in our view, disgraceful.

    Our guess is that Walsh knew that heíd be running afoul of the terms of his indemnity agreement with the NFL if he said he taped the 2001 regular-season game with the Rams, and so he opted to allow the doubt to continue to hover on this specific question. And Greg Bishop of the New York Times, whose puff pieces on folks like Walsh lawyer Michael Levy, former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, and former NFL exec Charley Casserly possibly were rewarded with scoops such as the submission of tapes from Matt Walsh to the NFL, an off-the-record statement from a former Pats player (Bledsoe?) regarding the cheating scandal, an unnamed quotes from a longtime NFL exec with knowledge of competition committee meetings (Casserly?) regarding the supposed focus of cheating complaints on the Pats, failed in his duty to play both sides of the story evenly by not pressing Walsh as to the ludicrous nature of his supposed failure of recollection.

    So even though Walsh stopped short of claiming that the Pats engaged in more widespread cheating than previously reported, we believe that part of his plan was to cause as much trouble for the team as he possibly could, while at the same time protecting himself against any claim that he was intentionally lying.

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    Re: Walsh Didnít Film Rams During 2001 Regular Season

    ramsanddodgers, interesting........NOT!! Just kiddin'. The talk of "spygate" in the media has started and will continue to decline. I doubt that there will be any congressional investigation based on the lack of any new revealing information from Walsh.
    I think that any one affiliated with the Rams, such as myself, take more interest in this "crime" than , say, the Jets. And for good reason. Believing that cheating by the Patriots is what cost us S.B.XXXVI when we were the overwhelming favorite helps to heal an old open wound.
    But was THE SOLE REASON that we lost because Walsh taped or was just at the site of the walk-through?
    Evidence has been burned, bed-fellows have been made and speeding tickets have been handed out. This whole situation stinks of SLEAZY but consider the parties involved.
    If it did happen the best justice has already been handed out with the questions that will haunt Belichick et al........Forever TAINTED! Or is taping other teams plays and signals for future gain in the N.F.L. the norm as some beleive? Because if it is then we were just out-cheated and hail to the Pathetics.
    I can't feature that .


    RAM ON!

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    Re: Walsh Didnít Film Rams During 2001 Regular Season

    There's no point in this debate anymore, because even if we win, we lose. They're not taking away the Pats super bowl.

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