Jets explain presence of sideline camera

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Jets explain presence of sideline camera

By Phil Perry
CSNNE.com

Now this is a juicy photo, isn't it?

In it, a camera man who looks like a Jets employee is seen standing behind Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, pointing his camera out in the direction of the field.

Or is he shooting across the field, zoomed in on a Patriots coach giving signals on the opposing sideline?

Smell like Spygate? Remember, Bill Belichick was docked 500,000 and the Patriots were fined 250,000 and lost a first round draft pick after the NFL determined that they filmed Jets defensive coaches' signals in 2007.

Since the Jets camera man photo hit the World Wide Web, it's stirred up quite a reaction over whether or not it constitutes evidence for Spygate Part Deux.

On Tuesday, the Jets came out and told everyone to step back and take a deep breath. The camera man was a Jets employee, they explained, and he was authorized (the lime green vest he was wearing marked him as such) to be on the sideline to shoot video for "team programming."

The NFL allows team video crews and TV video crews that produce club-licensed programming (coaches shows, team magazine-style shows, etc.)on the sidelines to shoot footage for those club-licensed programs only.

So as long as the camera man wasn't shooting video for the Jets coaching staff to use as a scouting tool, the Jets are in the clear. But how does anyone know what these camera men are shooting? And how do we know coaches never gets their hands on the tapes to use them deviously?

Seems strange that the NFL would be OK with all of this given the fallout from Spygate.

From PFT:

If coaches are paranoid about the placement by NFL Films of microphones into the pads of offensive linemen, how can coaches be OK with the presence of cameramen who work not for the league or NFL films but for the team that could misuse the images captured by the cameras?This one just seems odd. Maybe every coach is fine with it because every coach has an in-house camera guy potentially doing precisely what the Patriots used to do, with only the addition of a lime green vest. Or maybe the lime green vest makes it easy to track the guy with the camera in order to make sure no funny business is happening.Still, it seems odd to say the least that NFL teams would want to have to worry about this.

Or maybe they aren't worried at all. Maybe, just maybe, every coach in the league trusts every other coach to play by the rules at all times. Sounds plausible . . . right?

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL


Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”