Broncos, McDaniels fined; fans go wild Lard 11/28/10

Good Morning? Broncos fans. As you all know by now, the Broncos and Josh McDaniels were each fined $50K yesterday for Spygate II. Apparently McDaniels never looked at the six-minute recording video operative director Steve Scarnecchia took of the Niners' walkthrough, and failed to report the offense - hence the fine. Certainly the incident reflects poorly on the Broncos organization as a whole, and the most obvious question is why McDaniels hired Scarnecchia in the first place. But there are several memes flying around regarding Scarnecchia's involvement in Spygate I - let's try to straighten them out a bit. When the Jets exposed the Pats in 2007, Scarnecchia was the Jets' video director - the whistleblower in fact. He had not worked for New England since 2004. The original Spygate investigation circled around whether the Patriots filmed the Lambs' walkthrough before the two were to meet in SB XXXVI. But the videographer in question was Matt Walsh - not Scarnecchia, who was a video assistant for New England from 2001 to 2004.

None of this is to claim that Scarnecchia was an innocent bystander for any of these instances - in fact, Walsh claimed that Scarnecchia was guilty of the same offense later on. Should Josh McDaniels have hired him? Who knows? Should he have told Scarnecchia upon hiring him that the Broncos wouldn't be engaging in any covert videotaping operations? Maybe he did. Or, maybe it's what he hired him for in the first place. The point is, we don't know - perhaps we will someday, but how about we stick with what we do know? Joe Ellis stated that this entire affair was not a fireable offense for Josh McDaniels, so really - there's no point in arguing whether he should be fired for it. No pandering poll to be found here...

Spygate II

Josh McDaniels met with the press yesterday to discuss Spygate II.

Broncos COO Joe Ellis and NFL EVP Jeff Pash spoke to reporters via conference call. Here's the audio of the call - Part One and Part Two.

Joe Ellis' conference call was transcribed - read it here in the DP. Plus, a transcript of McDaniels' presser from KDVR.

Here's Gray Caldwell's story about Spygate II with a timeline of events; according to this, Scarnecchia recorded six minutes of the Niners' walkthrough.

Mason on what this incident does to the Broncos' image around the league and how it affects the team's fans.

Legwold's article on the whole debacle. Here's his updated version.

Klis says that while the decision makers and people in power still believe in McDaniels, the team has to win for fans to do the same.

Mason shares more of the timeline.

Klis on what Scarnecchia told the NFL.

In case you missed them, here are the official statements from Pat Bowlen and Josh McDaniels.

Arnie Stapleton reports on Spygate II. Judy Battista does the same. Plus, Mason's version.

Matt Bowen says teams have a lot more ways of cheating than just videotaping each other.


Here's the DP's scantastic preview.

Mason's pregame questions and answers.

Syd'Quan Thompson opens up to LJ about his upbringing and fatherhood.

Klis on Tebow/Bradford.

Klis thinks the Broncos would've been better off trading Jay Cutler for the Bears' defense, rather than Orton and the picks. If only it worked that way...

The Lambs have been struggling on special teams, just like the Dolts had before last week. How'd that work out?

In St. Louis they're still trying to figure out what they've got.

Jim Thomas on the history between McDaniels and Steve Spagnuolo.

Bill Coats shares some tidbits on the two teams.


Judy Battista on Philip Rivers' potentially record-breaking campaign.

Rivers versus Manning tonight. Now that is must-see TV.

What to watch for from Dolts/Colts.

Despite claims to the contrary, Bruce Gradkowski will be today's starting QB for Jokeland.

Babb profiles Romeo Crennel.


Shawne Merriman is back on IR, this time with the Bills. McDaniels and Xanders still idiots for not having signed the guy?

Shanny & Co. have cut veteran WR Joey Galloway.

Here's what Bowen is looking for in today's games.

Brian Burke shares his favorite reads of the week.

Plus, Carson Cistulli's weekly notes

In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei lists his top second-chance coaches - will Josh McDaniels make that list someday?

81 years ago, Ernie Nevers of the Chicago Cardinals scored a record 40 points which still stands.

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