Deflategate: What does it mean for New York Jets?
According to CNN’s Jason Hanna, Tom Brady and his New England Patriots likely knew about “inappropriate activities” involving the footballs used against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game last season. What does this exactly have to do with the New York Jets? Well, depending on what kind of consequences NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will impose on Brady and the Patriots, it could make things even easier for the Jets to return back to postseason contention come next season.
According to that article above by Hanna, it’s probable that staffers of the Patriots released air from the footballs used in that game which would have given them a much better chance to beat the Colts. Brady and his team have come off as liars since they both swore up and down about having no knowledge of tampering the footballs used in the game.
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It’s funny how the Patriots seemed to manhandle the Colts, one of the top teams in football with an incredibly potent offense thanks to how incredible quarterback Andrew Luck is. Considering that the Colts lost 45-7 and Luck was unable to get any momentum going on offense further proves that something was holding him back.
Now, it’s yet to be seen what kind of discipline is coming to Brady and the Patriots as there will and should be severe penalties, fines and maybe even suspensions coming soon. It looks like it will most likely come down pretty hard on Brady since he was indeed caught lying.
Since he refused to allow the investigators the NFL hired to go through his cell phone and e-mails, there is a very likely chance that Brady could be suspended. If he’s given let’s say a five-game or ten-game suspension, the Jets will be able to run away with the division based on how much improved they got during the offseason.
Jan 18, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
It’s doubtful but if the NFL really wants to make an example once and for all on the Patriots and all their cheating ways whether through Spygate and now Deflategate, they should suspend Brady for all of next season and have the team forfeit their draft picks in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Since the Patriots have been the team to beat in the AFC East, without Brady under center they will regress and truly not be at their best. This would be a perfect time for the Jets to capitalize and really run away with the division knowing that Brady will be nowhere to be found.
Reason why a sentence of that magnitude might be coming to Brady is because there is no telling what would have truly happened between the Patriots and Colts if they didn’t deflate the footballs and ultimately cheat their way to a Super Bowl. Overall, the NFL should definitely hold Brady and the Patriots accountable for their actions because cheating should have no place in sports, let alone the NFL.
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