If you entered the day thinking that the Miami Dolphins didn’t have grounds to accuse another team’s coach of theft, then you were way off. That’s exactly the situation that we have here and I for one am appalled.
COPY CAT LEAGUE ALERT: Having no shame in admitting what we already knew, Sean McVay, with what I assume was his chest out, admitted to the known universe that he did indeed steal a play from the Miami Dolphins. Jake Mendel who’s one half of the super terrific Phinsider Radio show, has just a stellar video illustrating McVay’s thievery which you can see here.
Here’s that thief, McVay, explaining himself;
"“Idk if I had a big-brain play, but a good copy play… the 2-pt play that we scored against [GB]… Stole that one from the Miami Dolphins via Shane Waldron finding it.”"
What bothers me is that there used to be a time when you’d be in the NFL saw something from another team, and stole it without ever saying that you did. You’d just play it off and say that you were working on it at the end of practices. Do you think NFL coaches came right out and admitted to lifting Bill Walsh’s west coast offense or that there was a line of coordinators on their knees confessing that they’re installing a version of the Wildcat from Tony Sporano, who got it from the 1940s?
The answer is no and the reason why these people didn’t come clean was that they followed a code. A code that states “hey we know you’re going to take out stuff, but just don’t come out and say it okay? Cool.”
I mean look at him. Tell me that’s not the face of a thief? You can’t.
Like in The Dark Knight opening scene when William Fichtner, lying in a mess of himself, is telling the Joker how there used to be honor among thieves, that’s how it used to be in the NFL. Now like in the world of Gotham City and I imagine other, more non-fictional areas where organized crime still exists, the NFL fraternity of coaches have no reservations in stealing what is sacred and not there’s and coming right out and admitting that they did the deed.
This isn’t SNL where imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. This is the NFL where trade secrets, strategies, and playbooks are many folk’s livelihoods. And for Sean McVay, this young whippersnapper of an NFL coach, to be so brazen about how he operates, well it just doesn’t sit right with me and I think the league and the mighty Roger Goodell should employ all of his resources to getting to the bottom of what else Sean McVay has stolen. Who knows, maybe we’ll find that McVay is the dirtiest player in the game even more so than the hooded one.
As Dolphin’s fans, an approach to dealing with this news is that we can tell ourselves that we’re doing something right to the point where alleged geniuses are stealing our stuff. Kind of cool right? However, that was a machination of Chan Gailey. Maybe he gave the duo of Godsey and Studesville his blessing in using that one again?
It’s hard to say especially after being told that the playbook is much different from last year’s. We put our faith in Godsey and Studesville that they can come up with a playbook that would make coach Klein impressed.
But we also have to come to the sad conclusion that if the Dolphins’ coaches do in fact come up with something remarkable that there will be scavengers looking to take what is not rightfully there’s. It’s a sad world we leave in. Try and have yourself a Friday, if you can.
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