Posted by Will Brinson
You don't have to look far to find similarities between the recent Denver Taping Incident (not gonna -Gate that, sorry folks) and "SpyGate." Josh McDaniels was involved in both and the employee doing the taping was the same in both incidents.
However, there are some differences -- namely, as CBS Sports' Charley Casserly reported Sunday on The NFL Today, the Broncos didn't gain a "competitive advantage."
"I talked to the league and asked them to compare this to the Patriots," Casserly said. "And they said two things. First of all, McDaniels was only fined $50,000 [because the NFL] could not find any evidence at this time that he authorized the videotaping or looked at the video tape.
"As to why they weren't penalized a first-round pick, the Patriots gained a competitive advantage with the video tape they had -- they didn't feel the Broncos gained any competitive advantage with the video tape they had."
The league's logic here is sound, provided that, as indicated, McDaniels never saw the tape and never ordered the taping of the practice.
McDaniels also, according to Fox's Jay Glazer, explained to his team during Friday's meeting that the Denver taping "isn't like SpyGate because that was practiced and coached."
In short, McDaniels and the Broncos did the right thing by telling the league -- even if there was a delay on McDaniels part. And, unless, some sort of proof that McDaniels utilized the video emerges, it's unlikely you'll see the league take further action.
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