They keep saying “they can’t be this dumb”.
Yes. But they are this arrogant.
They keep wanting to keep Belichicks name clean, and place blame on the organization.
Except Belichick is the GM, Kraft’s #2, he is just as much the organization as anyone else. He’s not just the head coach like most other head coaches are.
Exactly. All of the "they can't be this dumb" stuff is missing the point... they aren't dumb, they're arrogant. They did it 10+ years ago, they're doing it again, and you can bet the farm they did it in between too.
Convenient separation of responsibility by blaming it on their "independent" videographer team. Belichick is insulated from it (by design) when the crap hits the fan. Ultimately, the Patriots ORGANIZATION should be forced to pay SIGNIFICANT penalties, to a level (in my opinion) that we've almost never seen before in professional sports.
These teams are very diligent about reviewing and approving what and how video is used by their own production teams. Brian Billick used to like and encourage behind the scenes sideline film, which helped birth the original half hour, three segment version of Ravens Wired. But they always made sure someone reviewed and approved what was used. Harbaugh doesn't like it, which is why the current Wired is WAY more watered down and shorter than it used to be... all you really get are game film highlights and a smattering of sideline small talk. And it's all reviewed and approved by someone before it makes it to air.