By Chuck Schilken
12:20 PM CST, December 2, 2013
Houston defensive end Antonio Smith implied that "spying" or something "just kind of fishy" may have aided the New England Patriots in their 34-31 comeback victory Sunday over the Texans.
Hmmmm. A now 9-3 team led by a pair of future Hall of Famers in Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady somehow found a way to overcome a 10-point deficit to defeat a now 2-10 team.
Yeah, Smith may be on to something.
“Either teams are spying on us or scouting us ... I don’t know what it is,” Smith told the Boston Globe. “We had some ways that we were going to play this week that just got put in this week, and it was just miraculous that they changed up some things that they did on offense and keyed on what we put in this week to stop what they were doing.
“It was things that they had never done before out here. It just seems miraculous to me.”
The Texans led, 10-0, in the first quarter and 17-7 at halftime before scoring three touchdowns and two field goals on their first five possessions of the second half.
“You would have to be a descendant of [Nostradamus] to know what we put in this week to be able to change that fast,” Smith said. “It is a specific thing that was important to what we were going to do today, to how we would call the defense. They changed it up in a way to where you were in in-decision in calling the defense that way. There’s no way ... we have not done it ever before and they had never changed it ever before. So it was just kind of fishy how it got changed. It just let me know that something just ain’t right.”
Of course, Belichick and the Patriots are easy targets when it comes to spying accusations. Belichick was fined $500,000 and the team $250,000 plus a first-round draft pick for videotaping New York Jets signals during a 2007 game. Belichick said he had misinterpreted an NFL rule.
"We've kind of been through a lot of this before," Brady said of Smith's comments on WEEI on Monday morning. "I don't really think much of it, truthfully. I just kind of have moved on."
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