Josh McDaniels Fined By Commissioner After Broncos Staffer Illegally Filmed 49ers Practice

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Report: Josh McDaniels Explained Differences Between SpyGate I And SpyGate II To Staff

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels' video coordinator may have been busted for taping the 49ers on Friday, but it sure seems like McDaniels is the guy worth of a reality series at this point. That's what happens when reports leak out that a coach has copped to the two biggest videotaping scandals in recent memory — and explicitly told those who could leak it not to do so.

Pro Football Talk has some of the details of the situation, originally reported by Jay Glazer on Fox's NFL pregame show. The basics of it — McDaniels told staff that, in New England, taping "was practiced, that was coached, that was worked on," while the Broncos' peeping was a one-time affair — are bad enough for the embattled coach. But it's the implication of the leak that might be the bigger problem for McDaniels.

Telling his staff not to leak something and then watching it leak is probably not a sign that McDaniels is on great terms with all of his coaches. Glazer says that might have something to do with McDaniels ripping his staff in front of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen after the team's embarrassing 59-14 loss to Oakland, but it might also be a way for a coach to distance himself from McDaniels, who increasingly seems like a coach whose days are numbered.

In any case, with this flap still swirling around the Broncos, it seems fairly likely that the team will either be completely off its rhythm or laser-focused against San Francisco today. And there's a much, much better chance of the former being true.


Steve Scarnecchia, Who Illegally Filmed Practice For Broncos, Allegedly Did The Same For Patriots

On Saturday, it was revealed that Broncos staffer Steve Scarnecchia had illegally filmed an opponent's practice in October. For obvious reasons, it reminded us of the Patriots' Spygate scandal of 2007, in which New England staff filmed opponents' practices in violation of NFL rules.

Well, here's a shocking coincidence: Scarnecchia was with the Patriots at the time, and he was alleged to have illegally videotaped practices as far back as 2002. From a 2008 New York Times story:

[Senator Arlen] Specter said [former Patriots employee Matt] Walsh also told him about games taped in between, when Mr. Walsh was a Patriots season-ticket holder and witnessed his successor, Steve Scarnecchia, engage in similar videotaping against the Steelers (September 2002 and October 2004) and Cowboys (November 2003).

Steve Scarnecchia is the son of Dante Scarnecchia, who spent 26 years with the Patriots. The younger Scarnecchia received an entry-level position with the Patriots at around the same time that Josh McDaniels, the Broncos' current head coach, did, and the two apparently became close friends.

As noted earlier, commissioner Roger Goodell will reportedly consider barring Scarnecchia from the league for life after this offense:

Goodell also will hold hearing to determine Broncos videographer will be barred pemanently from league as repeat violator

If the NFL wishes to ensure that its videotaping regulations are not violated, it seems as though permanently banishing Scarnecchia from the league would be a prudent decision. For more on Scarnecchia and Spygate Part Deux, check in with our Broncos blog, Mile High Report, and our Patriots blog, Pats Pulpit.


Josh McDaniels Fined By Commissioner After Broncos Staffer Illegally Videotaped 49ers Practice

On Saturday, Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels was fined $50,000 by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for illegally videotaping an opponent's practice. The NFL Network's Jason La Canfora notes that the team reported the violation of its own accord:

Broncos fined $50K and Josh McDaniels fined $50K for illegally taping a practice. Team reported the violation to the NFL

The game in question, on Oct. 31, was against the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium in London. According to La Canfora, the Broncos' video director, Steve Scarnecchia, filmed the video. He then presented it to McDaniels, who declined to view it. However, McDaniels didn't immediately report it, as league policy mandates, which is why he is being fined.

Broncos executives became aware of the incident on Nov. 8. Scarnecchia, who, along with McDaniels, worked for the Patriots during their "Spygate" scandal, has been fired by the team. Chris Mortenson tweets:

[Commissioner Roger] Goodell also will hold hearing to determine Broncos videographer will be barred permanently from league as repeat violator

At the time the filming took place, the Broncos were 2-5 and the 49ers were 1-6. It seems strange that Scarnecchia would put himself and the team at such a high level of risk in this situation. Again, it should be stressed that it doesn't appear as though McDaniels watched any of the video; in any case, the Broncos lost, 24-16.

For more on McDaniels and the Broncos, check in with SB Nation's Broncos blog, Mile High Report.

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