So, the Patriots may have not been doing anything wrong based on this report from Adam Schefter.
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
However, this is eerily similar to what happened in 2015 when the Patriots were caught videotaping opponents...
From 2015, in a detailed report regarding Spygate: https://t.co/qItveDSRyj— Neal Coolong (@NealCoolong) December 9, 2019
This is almost identical to the allegations being made now. https://t.co/v5iWOhIxIM pic.twitter.com/EPUjeLbVAr
This will be very interesting to watch unfold. And given how long the investigation lasted last time, we may not see a conclusion until after the regular season.
Remember back in 2007 when the Patriots got in trouble for videotaping members of the Jets’ coaching staff during a game and we called it Spygate? Well, a sequel is apparently in the works.
During Bengals head coach Zac Taylor’s press conference this afternoon, he was asked if he could confirm if someone from the Patriots’ organization was filming the Bengals’ sideline during yesterday’s contest against the Browns.
Watching Bengals HC Zac Taylor’s press conference. A reporter just asked if he could confirm if a Patriots employee was videotaping their play calls at the last game? Coach said “No comment and they are aware”— Dianna (@diannaESPN) December 9, 2019
Taylor offered no comment aside from stating he was aware of the incident in question and that an investigation is underway.
At the question of it being alleged a Patriots official had a videographer filming the Bengals sideline from the press box on Sunday, Zac Taylor had no comment only saying he was "aware there was an incident" and "the league was investigating it," but had no comment.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 9, 2019
This is the first mentioning of the incident in question as it was not previously reported after the conclusion of the game. An investigation from the league could take as short as a few days or as long as a few weeks, but the timing is crucial for when this happened. The Bengals will face the Patriots, who have now lost two games in a row, next Sunday in Paul Brown Stadium.
If the Patriots were indeed using a videographer to spy on the Bengals’ coaches, then a substantial punishment could follow. New England was fined $250,000 and docked their first-round pick from the 2008 NFL Draft from their actions back in 2007.
For now, an investigation is underway and answers should soon follow.