Texans’ DE Smith ‘highly suspicious’ of Patriots’ adjustments
The Texans dropped their 10th-straight game in a row to the Patriots on Sunday afternoon in what ended up being a close game, but Houston defensive end Antonio Smith believes his team may have come away with a win if it hadn’t had been for some “highly suspicious” activity from New England.
Smith found the Patriots’ strange ability to adjust on offense to special tactics the Texans had planned for the second-half dubious, and all but accused New England head coach Bill Belichick of having inside information on Houston’s game plan.
“You can tell they changed their scheme in the second half,” Smith told 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.”
Belichick was fined $500,000 for getting caught secretly filming the New York Jets’ defensive signals during the 2007 season and the term “Spygate” was famously coined.
Smith did admit that Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady are the some of the best at what they do, but even with that, the defensive end still believes something may be going on during the loss.
“Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are among the best at their craft because they work so hard at their craft. But you have to be a descendent of ‘Tones-tradamus’ to know what we put in this week to be able to change that fast,” Smith said. ” I got the only crystal ball in existence. I don’t know what it is. Either teams are spying on us or something’s going on.”
Despite the strong accusations, Smith does concede that the Texans should have won the game.
“It just burns me that we had it. Other people might see it differently, but we had opportunities,” Smith said. “We’ve got to find a way to put teams away when we’ve got opportunities early on instead of waiting until the end of the game.”
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