Julian Edelman made his opinions about “spy gate 2” very clear when he was asked this week about it.
The NFL claimed that they would come to a conclusion with the “Spygate 2” claims against the Patriots quickly, but 12 days later the league has yet to hand down any punishment to the team. The Patriots have a big game against the Bufflo Bills this Saturday, so it makes sense that the team is not worried nor focused on the outcome of the accusations, but Julian Edelman gave a little bit of insight as to what the players think of the claims.
"Yeah, that’s pretty much a joke. We haven’t even thought about it honestly. We’ve ben thinking about other things. It’s funny, but it is what it is. I don’t know, it’s ridiculous. My focus is on the Buffalo Bills.”"
These were quotes from the Boston Herald when Edelman was asked by a reporter about what he thought of the situation. Clearly Edelman is not too worried about it, or even takes it too seriously. Let’s call a spade a spade though, the Patriots are under a microscope because of their history with bending the rules, so the league is not wrong for wanting to be thorough. It is important to understand that an investigation into the intent of the film crew does not mean that the Patriots are guilty of cheating. It doesn’t even mean they were necessarily cheating if Commissioner Goodell does punish the team, because of rules broken by the film crew. They were filming something they were not supposed to, but it does not mean the team was involved.
The feeling was that the NFL was going to make a ruling as to whether a punishment would be handed down or not at some point this week. As of 4:00 p.m. EST, the NFL has still not made a decision. Like Edelman said, the team has other things to worry about. Saturday’s match up against Buffalo has huge implications on the playoffs, and could be the difference between the second seed or the fifth seed. The Patriots also have a chance to clinch the second seed this week if they win and the Chiefs also lose. The Chiefs go to Los Angeles to face off against the division rival Chargers. The Patriots need to take care of business tomorrow in Foxboro, or their shot at a Super Bowl will continue to dwindle.