Marshall Faulk's quotes from Super Bowl week, some of the most powerful and angry comments on the matter, brings the matter back from the dead.
Faulk was the star running back on a St. Louis Rams team that lost Super Bowl XXXVI to the Patriots in New Orleans, the site of this year's game. And he's not happy with the thought that the Patriots may have had some inside information.
"Am I over the loss? Yeah, I'm over the loss. But I'll never be over being cheated out of the Super Bowl. That's a different story," Faulk said, according to a story by Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England. "I can understand losing a Super Bowl, that's fine . . . But how things happened and what took place. Obviously, the commissioner gets to handle things how he wants to handle them but if they wanted us to shut up about what happened, show us the tapes. Don't burn 'em."
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell destroyed the Patriots' tapes after the investigation, just one controversial part of one of the league's biggest controversies.
The Patriots-Rams Super Bowl was a major part of the scandal, because of a report that the Patriots taped the Rams' walk-through practice on the Friday before the game. Although the league denied that the team taped the walk-through or that such a video ever existed and the Boston Herald apologized for the original report that the practice was taped, Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh said he was present for the Rams practice and shared information with then-Patriots assistant Brian Daboll. That's something Daboll said he didn't recall (and the NFL said if the conversation did take place, it's not a violation of league rules).
Faulk added more fuel to the old controversy by telling Curran that the Patriots were ready for plays that the Rams had never run in the red zone before – plays Faulk said were only practiced at that walk-through.
"Any time that I was offset, I was always stationary," Faulk told ComcastSportsnet. "And we had (created) motioning in the backfield at the same depth on the other side of the field. And they created a check for it. It's just little things like that.
"It's either the best coaching in the world when you come up with situations that you had never seen before. Or you'd seen it and knew what to do."
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