The crew was particular filming a scout for a feature on the Patriots' scouting department. Per ESPN's Dianna Russini, Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor was asked on Monday whether he could confirm that the Patriots had staff videotaping their play calls during the Bengals' 27-19 Week 14 loss to the Browns.
According to Paul Denher Jr. of The Athletic, the Patriots taped Cincinnati's sideline for eight minutes this past Sunday, giving New England a direct view of Bengals players running on and off the field and of the coaches making signals for plays.
Another report from ESPN's Ben Baby stated that the videographer filmed the Bengals' sideline for the entire first quarter of the game.
"An official for the Bengals, who were playing at Cleveland Sunday, saw a member of the video crew wearing a Patriots' shirt and alerted the league, which confiscated the video, according to the source".
The Patriots admitted to inadvertently violating league rules by videotaping the field from the press box last week.
The team added that "there was no intention of using the footage for any other goal". There was no intention of using the footage for any other goal.
The Patriots also said the production crew, which included independent contractors who shot the video, is not part of New England's football operation. New England handed over the footage after being confronted at the stadium and have cooperated fully with the National Football League in its' investigation. "That's it, we had no involvement in it. Zero".
Belichick would not say whether he's spoken to anyone on the content team and indicated the matter is being handled internally. The Patriots' had a scout, followed by a production team, at the game in preparation for the team's match up against the Bengals this upcoming weekend, and were cleared by the Browns to bring their production team along. "I have no idea what they do, what their projects are or anything else". "I really respect that".
The Patriots' action brought back memories of the team's "Spygate" scandal in 2007. Quarterback Tom Brady was suspended four games, and the team was fined $1 million and docked another first-round draft pick.