Texans defensive end Antonio Smith had some interesting comments to make after the Patriots completed their comeback victory against Houston on Sunday. And he kinda, sorta implicated that maybe, perhaps the Patriots hadn't played a completely honest game of pigskin.
“You can tell they changed their scheme in the second half,” Smith said, via the Houston Chronicle. “It's miraculous they changed some things on offense that keyed on what we put on this week to stop what they were doing. They did things they never did all year before. It was a specific thing that was important to what we were going to do today, as to how we were going to call the defense. We'd not ever did it before, and they never changed like that before. It just let me know that something wasn't right.
“Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are among the best at their craft because they work so hard at their craft. ... Either teams are spying on us or something's going on.”
The Patriots, of course, are an easy target because of their Spygate history, and predictably on Monday, Brady and Belichick were asked to comment on Smith's kinda, sorta implication. Just as predictably, neither had much to say directly to Smith.
“Truthfully, we just played a little bit better in the second half,” Brady told WEEI. “We've kind of been through a lot of this before, so I don't really think much of it, truthfully. I just kind of have moved on."
As for Belichick, he told reporters,"Yeah, I saw [Smith's comments]. I don't have any comment on them. That's a league matter."
Smith also implied that the Patriots seemed to know what the Texans were going to do before the snap.
"I can't tell you an example because it's G-15 classified," he 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. ..."
Or it could have just been that the Patriots coaches made some effective adjustments during the intermission.
“Ultimately, after halftime when you get a chance to kind of evaluate and say, ‘OK, well, how did that half play out?,' you've got to be able to say, ‘Well, let's stick with it and stick with what we're doing,' kind of what we did against Denver, or last week we said, ‘OK, these are some of the things that we're going to get to and these are some of the matchups that we like, and we've got to start making the plays that we're capable of making,'" Brady said. "You can call the perfect play against the perfect defense, but if I make a crappy throw, it doesn't matter. It's a nonproductive play. I know it's boring, but execution is the name of the game."
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