Bell: Are Patriots Becoming Modern Version of Raiders?

Bell: Are Patriots Becoming Modern Version of Raiders?

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (USA Today) — Once again, the buzz was intense in the New England Patriots locker room Tuesday as reporters outnumbered a sparse collection of players by an approximate margin of seven to one.

Another day, another round of suspicious drama with few answers.

“I wasn’t involved in any of it,” defensive end Rob Ninkovich told the thick pack of media that surrounded his stall. “And I’ve been here seven years.”

This time, the Patriots were in a defensive mode as a bombshell report by ESPN concluded that the stiff penalties from Deflategate — including the vacated four-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady that is under appeal — were connected to widespread sentiment around the NFL that the team should be hammered because of its infractions seven years earlier in Spygate.

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