As Felger and Massarotti continue their week of “All SpyGate, All The Time” I found their interview with former Eagles and Rams coach Dick Vermeil this afternoon pretty interesting. Especially this part:
Massarotti: …There was a story written in sports illustrated by Peter King, on Roger Goodell, and Goodel talked about the Spygate issue, with some of that stuff, and how certain requests, or demands that he made upon the Patriots he felt weren’t fulfilled. That part of it aside, the Spygate thing still sticks in the craw of people in New England and it hovers, in some capacity, – legitmate, or not - in regard to Belichick’s legacy?
Vermeil: Not Legitimate. I tell you, we live in America – we’re a nation that has learned to allow people to make mistakes, correct them, and move on. I mean, the greatest example right now is Michael Vick. OK? Why should that be restricted to just a player, or should that be restricted to a guy who runs a bank and made a mistake, you know? And I don’t think that’s a great reflection of Belichick, I just don’t. To me, move on.
Felger: Well, Dick Vermeil, you’re saying it was at least a mistake. I think there are a lot of people who would say, what did he do wrong, everyone was doing it?
Vermeil: Well, I don’t know if everyone was doing it, but everyone might’ve had a method of trying to do it. Maybe he did it better than everyone else. OK? And I’ll tell you this: In all honesty, I’ve coached as a head coach 15 years and an assistant four years, I know some things that have been done in the National Football League and I could document them, if I wanted to, that are far worse than that ever came close to being.
They also talked to Jamie Dukes of the NFL Network and put the Spygate “legacy” question to him. His response?
That’s silly. That’s just so silly. Because guess what? SpyGate didn’t play any games. The cameraman didn’t come down and get on the field and slap the tackle in the face. Guess what? You had to play the football game. And the truth of the matter is, you got the game footage to show what the people are doing in games. That’s just a canard for people…think about it… everybody, that’s how you guys got your job, and I’m a sports talk radio guy too, point being is, we get our jobs so we can stir it up and this is a format for fans, because every fan wants to feel good about his team, or bad about his team if things aren’t going real well. So all the fans from other teams and players from other teams, Marshall Faulk being one of them, who won’t let it go, Marshall won’t let it go, but it helps Marshall feel better about the fact that they didn’t get the job done.