When NFL teams visit the New England Patriots, many of them take extra precautions to make sure nothing or no one from their organisation is looking suspiciously around their equipment and locker room area.
This is because of the Patriots history of cheating in order to get an unfair advantage in games. One of the most notable occasions where this has happened was when the New England-based franchise was caught illegally taping the New York Jets’ signals during Spygate back in the 2007 season.
More recently, the team was also accused of tampering with footballs during the 2014 AFC Championship game last season against the Indianapolis Colts to benefit their quarterback Tom Brady. The team has always denied any involvement.
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According to the Miami Herald, when the Miami Dolphins visited Foxborough back in October earlier this season, the team took extra precautions to make sure no cheating was taking place.
The Dolphins brought more equipment staff than they usually do to road games to make sure no personnel from the Patriots touched their equipment. They felt this was necessary as they believed if a New England-based personnel did touch their stuff, they might tamper with it.
Dolphins' Executive Vice President of Football Operations is no other than Mike Tannenbaum, the same man that was General Manager for the Jets during Spygate, so you see his logic behind the extra staff because of his own personal experiences with their AFC East rivals. It's no surprise that extra precautions were put into place.
The Patriots meet the Dolphins this Sunday in Miami for the last regular season game of the year. The New England-based franchise will clinch home-field advantage next Sunday if they win against their AFC East rivals.