Broncos & Josh McDaniels Fined 100k For Spygating on The 49ers
Josh McDaniels comes from the Bill Belichick coaching tree— do I need to say anything more?
Like father like son you could say.
Here are the details:
The Denver Broncos and coach Josh McDaniels have been fined a combined $100,000 for the videotaping of a San Francisco 49ers practice from before their London game of Week 8.
The team’s video operations director, Steve Scarnecchia, has been fired for cause as a result of his taping the 49ers’ walk-through practice at Wembley Stadium the day before the Broncos’ 24-16 loss, the team announced in a release Saturday.
Scarnecchia offered to show the video to McDaniels, but the coach declined, the Broncos said. But the NFL found that McDaniels, who was fined $50,000, was ultimately responsible for his subordinates.
Scarnecchia worked for the Patriots along with McDaniels in 2008, when commissioner Roger Goodell docked their first-round draft pick for that year and fined coach Bill Belichick $500,000 for a violation of NFL rules that bar teams from filming opponents’ signals. The Patriots, who were found to have videotaped New York Jets coaches during a 2006 game, were fined an additional $250,000.
Sure, Josh McDaniels declined to watch.
Scarnecchia is being used as a scapegoat. You just don’t randomly tape a walk-through unless someone instructs you to. Considering McDaniels’ history, I am surprised he wasn’t fined more.
The filming didn’t help because they lost to the 49ers. The Broncos are 3-7, so they need to get Hype Williams or something to do their video production in the future.