First, there was Spygate. That was followed years later by Deflategate. Now, after technical issues involving the communication of the Pittsburgh Steelers in last night’s 2015 NFL season opener, are we looking at Headsetgate for the New England Patriots?
Less than two weeks after a judge overturned the four-game suspension of Tom Brady levied by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and just days after it was reported that even more teams do not trust the Patriots, it appears as if the conspiracy theorists and haters are going to continue pile on the Pats.
The question remains, are they justified?
This is not going to go away. It goes well beyond jealousy. The old, “They hate us because they ain’t us” motto no longer applies here. Many teams win. Many teams have multiple Super Bowl championships over the past two decades. None, however, are at the center of more controversies than the Patriots. In fact, it is becoming harder and harder to ignore all of the accusations made against this franchise over the past 10-15 years. At some point, you have to start to wonder just what in the hell is going on in New England.
Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin said that the headset issue was not a one-time thing. In fact, he went on to clarify that this sort of thing happens all the time in Foxboro. Now, from what I have read, it appears as if Tomlin should be placing the blame on the NFL, and not the Patriots, at least in this instance. Sure, it sounds like a convenient coincidence that he said it pretty much only happens when the Steelers face the Patriots but, many were quick to come to the defense of the defending Super Bowl champs.
For one night, at least.
It seems as if the entire NFL has had enough. Expect more and more complaints to be lodged against the Patriots. It has gotten to the point where any time the smallest irregularity arises as it relates to this team, an investigation will be launched. It has nothing to do with Spygate or the recent Deflategate ruling. It has nothing to do with Goodell.
This has become a league-wide issue and, it is not going away any time soon.
In fact, fans around the New England area should expect things to get much worse before they get better.
If they get better.