Teams will always be suspicious of the Patriots, but normally they just don’t put it out there like Antonio Smith of the Texans did.
“Either teams are spying on us or scouting us,” Smith told a group of reporters.
Smith said the Texans introduced new wrinkles into their defense this week. He said that even though the Texans had never done those things in prior games, which would mean they weren’t on film, the Patriots knew they were coming before they happened.
“I’m very suspicious,” Smith said. “I just think it will be a big coincidence if that just happened by chance. I don’t know for sure, but I just know it was something that we practiced this week.”
“I can’t tell you an example because it’s G15 classified,” Smith said. “It’s a defensive thing that we might continue to use. … The way, I’m trying to say it without giving it away. When you watch film of the team do something a certain way all the time no matter what team they play — it’s been 12 games played and they always did it — and then all of a sudden it’s changed? It was pretty clever and pretty suspicious.”
For the sake of clarity, Smith was asked if he was saying the Patriots knew what the Texans were going to do defensively, even though those wrinkles had never appeared in games before.
“I’m saying it seemed like it,” Smith said. “You can’t never be for sure on anything because I ain’t over there in their huddle, in their locker room, but it just felt like it.”
It was probably just halftime adjustments from the Patriots and the Texans are just crying over spilled milk. It sounds like an excuse you would hear from a very bad team.
The Texans played well, but just take your loss like a man unless you have some evidence.