BY NICK ST. DENIS
"Am I over the loss? Yeah, I'm over the loss. But I'll never be over being cheated out of the Super Bowl," Faulk told CSNNE's Tom Curran Tuesday. "That's a different story. I can understand losing a Super Bowl, that's fine . . . But how things happened and what took place." (photo: Marianne O'Leary, Flickr)
In 2008, the NFL confiscated several tapes from the Patriots of opposing coaches giving in-game signals in 2006 and 2007. Commissioner Roger Goodell destroyed the tapes and handed Patriots coach Bill Belichick and his team a fine while taking their first-round draft pick.
"Obviously, the commissioner gets to handle things how he wants to handle them but if they wanted us to shut up about what happened, show us the tapes," Faulk said. "Don't burn 'em."
Obviously, Faulk was more concerned about something the Patriots had been accused of doing prior to his Rams' 20-17 loss in February 2002 -- taping the Rams' walkthrough prior to the game. No evidence was found to support it, and the Boston Herald, which cited an unnamed league source in breaking the story in 2008, published an apology a day later due to lack of proof.
Still, Faulk is sore on the subject.
"I understand Bill (Belichick) is a great coach," Faulk told Curran. "But No. 13 (Kurt Warner) will tell you. Mike Martz will tell you. We had some plays in the red zone that we hadn't ran. I think we got to fourth down -- we ran three plays that we hadn't ran, that Mike drew up for that game -- Bill's a helluva coach . . . we hadn't ran them the whole year (and the Patriots were ready for them)."
Wednesday, former Patriots defensive lineman said that if the Patriots cheated, "It would have been a blowout."
"If . . . we had any extra information, then that game wouldn't have been as dramatic as it was, coming down to a field goal," McGinest said Wednesday on 'Felger & Mazz,' via CSNNE.com.
"... If . . . we knew the plays that were coming and what was going on, then there wouldn't have been a comeback by the Rams," he said. "Everything would have been shut down and the game wouldn't have come down to [a last-second field goal]."
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