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#1279376 - 02/23/08 10:42 AM Jimmy Johnson Admits to Taping Signals, Says "Lots of Coaches Did It, It Was Commonplace"
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http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/patriots/?p=2202&srvc=home&position=recent

This one slipped through the cracks, but during Super Bowl week, former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson told WFAN that he used cameras to steal signals all the time.

Q: How about the spying thing Jimmy. Youíre a coach does that bother you what Belichick did?

JJ: Oh please. Iíve said it on our show. Eighteen years ago a scout for the Chiefs told me what they did, and he said what you need to do is just take your camera and you go and zoom in on the signal caller and that way you can sync it up. The problem is that if theyíre not on the press box side you canít do it from the press box, you have to do it from the sideline. This was 18 years ago.

Q: You think the NFL came down too hard on them?

JJ: No, no, I said it on the show. He was wrong for doing it for the simple reason that the league knew this was going on not just in New England but around the league. And the league sent out the memorandum to all of the teams saying you cannot do this. And so thatís when Bill Belichick was wrong. After he got the memorandum saying donít do it any more, he did it.

Q: Did you ever steal signals?

JJ: Oh in a heartbeat, yeah. Yes I did.

Q: Via video, Jimmy? Or no?

JJ: Oh yeah, I did it with video and so did a lot of other teams in the league. Just to make sure that you could study it and take your time, because youíre going to play the other team the second time around. But a lot of coaches did it, this was commonplace.

Q: But did you do it by taping the signal caller?

JJ: Yeah.

Q: Oh you did.

JJ: Thatís what Iím saying. I was saying one of Marty Schottenheimerís scouts, Mark Hatley, who has passed away now, Mark told me thatís how they did it, and Howard Mudd their offensive line coach with Kansas City, who now coaches for Tony Dungy, he was the best in the entire league at stealing signals.

Q: Whereíd you put your guy who was videotaping? Where was he?

JJ: My guy was up with my camera crew in the press box. So youíd just put an extra camera up with your camera crew in the press box who zoomed in on the signal callers. Thatís the best way to do it, but anyway you canít always do that because the press box camera crew might be on the same side as the opposing team. If theyíre on the same side as the opposing team thatís when you need to do it from the sideline.

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#1279377 - 02/23/08 12:09 PM Re: Jimmy Johnson Admits to Taping Signals, Says "Lots of Coaches Did It, It Was Commonplace" [Re: ssinger]
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Quote:

And the league sent out the memorandum to all of the teams saying you cannot do this. And so thatís when Bill Belichick was wrong. After he got the memorandum saying donít do it any more, he did it.




Uh huh.

But everyone justifies the bad behavior by pointing to other bad behavior.... including a select few in this forum when it comes to this subject.

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