Originally Posted by AFCEastFan
Do you know why the rule was in place? If you want to give me a history lesson, feel free. My point is simply that the fact that Belichick ignored a league memo is irrelevant to the question of whether, and to what extent, taping signals provided a competitive advantage. Either it provided a competitive advantage or it didn't. But the fact that Belichick ignored the league memo just shows that he is a doosh, which we all agree on.
The league has rules for two purposes: to maintain competitive balance and to provide a marketable product to fans.
It's pretty easy to see that this taping rule has nothing to do with presenting a face of the league.
If the penalty for gaining a competitive advantage on a single play by holding a defensive lineman is 10 yards, how much advantage would it take for the league to impose the stiffest sanctions in NFL history?