The draft has come and gone, which doesn’t leave a whole lot to cover until OTA’s officially get under way. When I read that the Eagles were in the news as the next alleged NFL cheaters, I decided to research the subject a bit.
Despite the media led popular belief, the New England Patriots are actually near the bottom of the league when it comes to being NFL cheaters. They rank 25th among the 32 teams. In fact, our beloved Cowboys earned more cheat points.
My mother always said people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. NFL fans should take heed to her advise. Especially Cowboys fans such as myself. If you pay any attention to social media, not only Cowboys’ fans, but fans of all 32 teams allow themselves to be led by the main stream media. If you pay any attention to them, you would think that the Patriots are the only NFL cheaters out there, and people forget to look in their own back yard before talking smack.
When I began my research I never imagined there was a website dedicated solely to exposing NFL cheaters. When I discovered Your Team Cheats, I was amazed by the information they made available and I need to give them credit for the information I used.. Although I was shocked by the information, I was relieved to see that despite being bigger NFL cheaters than the Patriots, my Cowboys weren’t making the list. In fact, the biggest NFL Cheaters are teams you never hear about in the news and all 32 teams have been guilty of what the national media slams the Patriots for at one time or another.
Remember the media circus surrounding Spygate? Well, if you’re a Cowboys’ fan you will be shocked at what I am about to tell you. Said former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson:
“When I came into the NFL, back in ’89, I talked to a Kansas City scout and he said, ‘Here’s what we do, we videotape the opposing team’s signals and then we sync it up with the game film.’ So I did it.”
But hey, all 32 teams were guilty of it. The difference is, the media singled out the Patriots because they have defied the entire purpose of the salary cap. It was designed to create parity in the league. Bill Belichick not only became the first coach to surpass Tom Landry’s record for playoff wins, he is the only coach able to get close enough to even sniff Landry’s record of 20 consecutive winning seasons with 16. The NFL doesn’t like that folks. Neither do the other 31 owners. The best way to counter that is label them as NFL cheaters.
The Indianapolis Colts cried cheat over a little bit of air pressure in the balls causing Deflate Gate, which has resulted in Tom Brady receiving a suspension and the team losing their first round draft pick. The thing is, a lot of QB’s have done this and it has been going on for years. The Colts received 35 cheat points as compared to 20 by New England. Truth be told, they are bigger cheaters than the team they cried cheat on.
Ex-Eagles and retired Pro Bowl quarterback, Jeff Blake, confessed in an interview that removing air from footballs was common when he played in the NFL from 1992-2005.
“I’m just going to let the cat of the bag, every team does it, every game, it has been since I played,” the ex-Eagles QB said Wednesday. “Cause when you take the balls out of the bag, they are rock hard. And you can’t feel the ball as well. It’s too hard.”
“Everybody puts the pin in and takes just enough air out of the ball that you can feel it a little better. But it’s not the point to where it’s flat. So I don’t know what the big deal is. It’s not something that’s not been done for 20 years.”
Blake says that he’d order ball boys to let air out of his footballs just before the start of games during his entire NFL career, which included time with the Eagles in 2004. Therefore it is my belief that the NFL deliberately went after Tom Brady and the Patriots for something that is common league practice. Things that are common league practice don’t compare to some of the individual team cheats I discovered. Some are very unique. After completing my research I narrowed it down to the top 5 NFL cheaters. The Cowboys are nowhere near the top of the league and right above the Patriots with 22 cheat points as compared to 20 by New England. The interesting fact I must include is the Dallas Cowboys had no listing of cheats prior to Jerry Jones buying the team back in 1989. Hat’s off to Tom Landry. As I always said, he is a class act.
Indianapolis Colts Cheating History
TL;DR: • the COLTS are ABOVE AVERAGE NFL cheaters!
• they have a CheatScore of 35.
• they’ve executed 9 real cheats!
• share page: http://YourTeamCheats.com/IND
INDEX OF RECORDED COLTS CHEATS:
Now you can see why I used the Colts crying cheat analogy. They made the top 5 NFL Cheaters list.
San Francisco 49ers Cheating History
TL;DR: • the 49ERS are ABOVE AVERAGE NFL cheaters!
• they have a CheatScore of 37.
• they’ve executed 9 real cheats!
• share page: http://YourTeamCheats.com/SF
INDEX OF RECORDED 49ERS CHEATS:
Pittsburgh Steelers Cheating History
TL;DR: • the STEELERS are EXCEPTIONAL NFL cheaters!
• they have a CheatScore of 39.
• they’ve executed 9 real cheats!
• share page: http://YourTeamCheats.com/PIT
INDEX OF RECORDED STEELERS CHEATS:
STEELERS-ONLY: Impedegate (2013) • Steroidgate (1970-2007) • Salarycapgate (2000) • Shouldergate (1978) • Crampgate (2012) • PEDSgate (2x since 1995) • Tampergate (1994: Capers) • Tarpgate (1976) • Spygate (1992-2006)
New York Jets Cheating History
TL;DR: • the JETS are ELITE NFL cheaters!
• they have a CheatScore of 44.
• they’ve executed 13 real cheats!
• share page: http://YourTeamCheats.com/NYJ
INDEX OF RECORDED JETS CHEATS:
JETS-ONLY: Trippygate (2010) • PEDSgate (5x since 1989) • Tampergate (2014: Revis) • Spygate (2006) • Injurygate (2010) • Kballgate (2009) • Tampergate (2009: Crabtree) • Deflategate (1992) • Injurygate (1997) • Gustygate (1980s-2000s) • Audiblegate (2007) • Spygate (2011)
Denver Broncos Cheating History
TL;DR: • the BRONCOS are THE BIGGEST NFL cheaters!
• they have a CheatScore of 53!
• they’ve executed 14 real cheats!
• share page: http://YourTeamCheats.com/DEN
INDEX OF RECORDED BRONCOS CHEATS:
BRONCOS-ONLY: PEDSgate (12x since 2003) • Salarycapgate (1996-98) • Spygate (2010) • Slimegate (1998) • Contractgate (1981) • Radiogate (1995-08) • Peytongate (2011) • Injurygate (2003) • Injurygate (1999) • Injurygate (1998) • Crampgate (2015) • Uniformgate (2003) • Spygate (2002)
Most Unique NFL Cheaters: Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys Cheating History
TL;DR: • the COWBOYS are TOUCH BELOW AVERAGE NFL cheaters!
• they have a CheatScore of 22.
• they’ve executed 8 real cheats!
• share page: http://YourTeamCheats.com/DAL
INDEX OF RECORDED COWBOYS CHEATS:
TEAM: The Dallas Cowboys
SUMMARY: Former Cowboys defensive lineman Tony Casillas says that when the team was winning Super Bowls in the 1990s, players frequently used a medication meant for horses.
Said Casillas: “When I heard about deer antler spray, when I heard that, I said, ‘That’s nothing’. We used to use this stuff called DMSO. That’s what veterinarians put on horses, on a muscle, so this is stuff that you can rub, and we used it in the locker room. We had a bottle and you’d take it. It goes straight to the bloodstream.”
VICTIM: The entire league
PUNISHED? No but … it’s more probable than not that this was cheating
PUNISHMENT: At the time, DMSO wasn’t on the NFL’s banned substance list. But that is because it is meant for horses and no sane NFL official ever considered that a non-horse football player might try to abuse it.
I have to admit, that is an ingenious cheat. I not only wonder who came up with the idea, but what the side effects may have been.