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Robert Saleh provides Spygate-tainted Steve Scarnecchia to Jets workers

New Jets coach Robert Saleh employed somebody to his workers with ties to Spygate. 

Steve Scarnecchia is Saleh’s chief of workers, a place the place he’ll work carefully with the brand new Jets head coach. A decade in the past, individuals thought Scarnecchia might by no means work within the NFL once more.

Scarnecchia was a central determine in Spygate II with the Broncos in 2010. He was fired by the group for filming a walkthrough observe of the 49ers a day earlier than the 2 groups performed in London. The NFL fined the Broncos $50,000 and coach Josh McDaniels $50,000 for the incident wherein it was discovered Scarnecchia filmed six minutes of the San Francisco walkthrough. McDaniels was fired every week after Scarnecchia.

The NFL considered Scarnecchia as a “repeat offender” as a result of he was a member of the Patriots video division from 2001-04 and was implicated within the unique Spygate scandal. 

After his firing in Denver, Scarnecchia labored for Syracuse College first as video coordinator from 2011 till his promotion to director of operations in 2013. 

On the time of his firing in Denver, it was thought that Scarnecchia may be banned for all times by the NFL, however that didn’t happen. As a substitute he re-entered the league in 2015 with the Falcons.

Steve Scarnecchia's Falcons headshot from 2019.
Steve Scarnecchia’s Falcons headshot from 2019.
AP Photograph

Atlanta coach Dan Quinn employed Scarnecchia as assistant to the top coach. He has served in that capability over the previous six seasons. It’s unclear precisely what Scarnecchia’s duties as chief of workers with the Jets will entail however they determine to be just like what he did in Atlanta.

His duties in Atlanta have been described within the group media information as: “Scarnecchia is liable for coordinating the Falcons assembly and observe schedules and soccer calendar, managing the soccer funds and orchestration of group and workers occasions in addition to offering administrative assistants to the teaching and operations workers.”

The Jets have employed a number of coaches with ties to the Falcons, which in all probability performed a task in Scarnecchia’s hiring right here. Defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich spent the previous six seasons with the Falcons. Offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur was with Atlanta in 2015-16. 

Scarnecchia is the son of longtime Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia. This will probably be his second stint with the Jets. He labored below coach Eric Mangini from 2006-08 as Director of Multimedia and Manufacturing. Quinn labored because the Jets offensive line coach in 2007-08 and that connection might have been what landed Scarnecchia in Atlanta. 

He was working for the Jets when the Spygate scandal exploded in 2007 and a few believed he performed a task in informing the Jets of the Patriots’ taping system. His identify surfaced through the investigation into the Patriots. Matt Walsh, who labored for the Patriots from 1997-2003 and was a key witness within the Spygate investigation, advised Sen. Arlen Spector that he witnessed Scarnecchia taping the opposing group’s alerts in three video games. 

McDaniels, the longtime Patriots offensive coordinator, employed Scarnecchia in 2009 when he turned the top coach of the Broncos. An NFL investigation discovered that Scarnecchia filmed six minutes of the 49ers walkthrough on Oct. 30, the day earlier than the 2 groups met in London. The NFL concluded that Scarnecchia acted alone and was not directed to movie the observe by anybody. 

“As finest we may conclude, (it was) a single motion carried out by a single worker,” mentioned NFL government vp Jeff Pash.

McDaniels and the Broncos have been fined by the league for failing to report the incident in a well timed method. 

A supply who has labored with Scarnecchia described him as wonderful at what he does and mentioned he was at all times diligent. 

Whereas Saleh has not labored with Scarnecchia earlier than, he is aware of Quinn very properly from their time along with the Seahawks from 2011-13. It’s possible that Saleh acquired Quinn’s enter earlier than making the rent.