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Broncos under investigation for taping 49ers practice

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  1. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    Broncos under investigation for taping 49ers practice

    Posted by Mike Florio on November 27, 2010, 9:54 AM EST

    The bad news is that the Denver Broncos are being investigated for videotaping a 49ers practice last month in London. The worse news is that the Broncos still lost the game.

    Jeff Legwold and Dave Kreiger of the Denver Post report that the league is looking into whether the Broncos recorded a San Fran walk-through practice at Wembley Stadium on October 30, the day before the two teams played there. On the 30th, each team had access to the venue for the session aimed at reviewing key portions of the game plan.

    Per the Post, Broncos COO Joe Ellis confirmed that Broncos director of video operations Steve Scarnecchia is on a “personal leave of absence” as the NFL and the team investigate the situation.

    Both Scarnecchia and McDaniels were employed by the Patriots in 2007 during the infamous Spygate scandal, which arose from the videotaping of in-game defensive coaching signals. On the eve of Super Bowl XLII, the Boston Herald reported that the Patriots had videotaped the Rams’ walk-through practice prior to Super Bowl XXXVI. The Herald later retracted the report.

    Though it appears that Scarnecchia is being positioned to take the fall, if there’s a fall to take, we can’t imagine the head coach coming out of this one unscathed, if the allegations are substantiated.

    Broncos under investigation for taping 49ers practice | ProFootballTalk
     
  2. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

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    I wonder how bad they would have lost if they did not know what they were doing.
     
  3. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    I wonder if they'll lose their 1st round pick? :lol: Didn't the Pats?
     
  4. paddyirishman

    paddyirishman BoltTalker

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    They were still muck during the game . McDaniels says he declined to view the tape. I wonder if hes telling the truth.
     
  5. wrbanwal

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    Filming San Francisco 49ers cost Denver Broncos, coach Josh McDaniels $100,000 - ESPN
    Broncos, McDaniels fined $50K each

    Associated Press

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The NFL fined the Denver Broncos and coach Josh McDaniels $50,000 each because the team's video operations director broke league rules by filming a San Francisco 49ers practice in London last month.

    The NFL investigation determined that Steve Scarnecchia took the six-minute video of the walkthrough and presented it that day to McDaniels. The coach declined to view it.

    But the NFL fined both the coach and team because the matter was not promptly reported, as required by league policy.


    " McDaniels I apologize for not promptly reporting the improper conduct of our video director before our game against the 49ers in London. The actions of this individual are in no way representative of the values and integrity held by myself, our players and coaches, and the entire Denver Broncos organization.
    ” -- Broncos coach Josh McDaniels

    Scarnecchia was fired by the Broncos and notified by commissioner Roger Goodell that as a repeat violator of league rules regarding integrity he faces a hearing to determine if he will be banned from the NFL.

    The NFL was to discuss the situation in a conference call Saturday. McDaniels was to speak to the media in the afternoon at the team complex.

    "I apologize for not promptly reporting the improper conduct of our video director before our game against the 49ers in London," McDaniels said in a statement. "The actions of this individual are in no way representative of the values and integrity held by myself, our players and coaches, and the entire Denver Broncos organization.

    "I understand the punishment from the National Football League and support its commitment to the integrity of the game. We have addressed the situation internally to assure that nothing like this happens again."

    The investigation concerned practices at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 30, the day before the 49ers' 24-16 win over the Broncos. It was the only time the teams worked out on the same field while in London.

    Scarnecchia and McDaniels previously worked for the New England Patriots, who were found to have videotaped New York Jets coaches sending in signals during a game four years ago in a scandal dubbed Spygate. The NFL bans such videotaping and issued $750,000 in fines against the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots also were stripped of their 2008 first-round draft pick.

    Scarnecchia worked for the Patriots in the early 2000s. McDaniels, who worked in New England from 2001-09, hired him in Denver shortly after he became the Broncos' coach 22 months ago.

    Team owner Pat Bowlen said in a statement Saturday that when he learned what happened the team "promptly began an investigation" and reported this violation to the NFL. He said the Broncos "fully cooperated with every aspect of the league investigation."


    The NFL determined that Broncos executives were made aware of the videotaping on Nov. 8 and told the league about it four days later after an internal review. On Nov. 16, Bowlen and Broncos executives met with league officials in New York.

    After that meeting, the NFL security department began its investigation, which included interviews of Broncos personnel. They also arranged for an analysis of the laptop computers used by the team's video department, which confirmed the 49ers' practice had been recorded. The league retained that tape.

    Scarnecchia acknowledged to NFL investigators that he taped the walkthrough, according to excerpts from Goodell's letter to Bowlen.

    Goodell's letter stated that Scarnecchia maintained that he had not previously recorded a walkthrough or other practice or "engaged in any other improper videotaping [such as recording coaching signals of an opposing team] since joining the Broncos."

    The letter also said Scarnecchia "knew that what he did in London was wrong," that taping the walkthrough was his decision alone and nobody instructed him to record the practice.

    In addition, the investigation found that when Scarnecchia offered to show the tape to McDaniels, the coach replied, "No, I'm not doing that." Scarnecchia said he didn't show the tape to any other staff member.

    Goodell's letter to Bowlen stated that McDaniels was interviewed "under circumstances that would have made it impossible for him to have spoken to Mr. Scarnecchia in advance" and that McDaniels' recollection of events matched Scarnecchia's.

    "Although I find no fault with the way the club handled this matter once you and your executives became aware of it, I nonetheless believe that some penalty must be imposed," Goodell wrote. "We have no more important responsibility than preserving the integrity and competitive fairness of the game and avoiding any implication that games are decided by anything other than what takes place on the field."

    The letter added: "This appears to be a single incident by an employee who acted entirely on his own; there was no competitive effect; and, most importantly, the Broncos promptly took the initiative to report the violation. Had any of those factors not been present, I would have almost certainly imposed much more substantial discipline on the club."

    But, he added, "clubs are ultimately accountable for the conduct of their employees."

    Goodell said that while McDaniels "apparently declined to look at the tape, I also believe that he should have immediately advised you or one of your senior executives when he learned what Mr. Scarnecchia had done."

    Goodell cited a policy in which team executives, head coaches and others are obliged to promptly report violations tied to the integrity of the game. The commissioner said a "significant number of club employees" have certified in writing they are aware of no further violations of the policy.

    Goodell added that if further information comes to light, the league will reopen the investigation and, if necessary, impose further discipline.

    This is the latest embarrassment for a Broncos team that is 3-7 and has lost 15 of 20 for the first time since 1971-72. The Broncos, who face St. Louis at Invesco Field on Sunday, were routed 59-14 by archrival Oakland last month in what many consider the worst home loss in the team's 51-year history.

    After they turned the tables and routed Kansas City on the same field two weeks later, Chiefs coach Todd Haley snubbed McDaniels in the post-game handshake, wagging a finger at him. Haley apologized the next day but refused to say what set him off.

    It might have been McDaniels' chest-bumping his players on the sideline during the blowout, challenging calls late in the game or maybe blitzing a gimpy Matt Cassel well into the fourth quarter.

    :lol: Classic
     
  6. SD Native WY

    SD Native WY Well-Known Member

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    Just another prodigy of Belicheat.!!
     
  7. RM24

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    Like Cheater, like cheaters former coodinator. Wears the hoodie like Bellicheat and cheats like him too. :mad:
     
  8. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

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    The 49ers practice?
     
  9. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    The fruit never falls far from the tree. Josh mcdouchebag has been tapin to. If he donkeys are this bad. After spying i wonder how bad theyd be without spying.
     
  10. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Naturally he flat out blamed it on the camera guy, as if he was some rogue guy on payroll off filming a practice.

    Unbelievable. What a ******* weasle.
     
  11. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    Yeh im sure he wants u to think the "rogue" camera guy did it to frame him bc underneath it all he is a raiders fan and actually hates the broncos. Get real man. The bellicheat coaching tree lives on. At least mangini had the ball to help expose it. The rest of them are as bad as bellicjeat
     

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