Antonio Smith, Houston Texans defensive end and conspiracy theorist, didn’t like what he saw when the New England Patriots rallied in the second half for a 34-31 victory Sunday.
He was deeply, deeply suspicious.
“You can tell they changed their scheme in the second half. It just seems miraculous to me how they changed some things on offense that keyed on what we put in this week to stop what they were doing. They did things they never did all year before,” Smith said (via the Houston Chronicle). “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.
“[Quarterback] Tom Brady and [Coach] Bill Belichick are among the best at their craft because they put so much into their craft. But you have to be a descendent of ‘Tones-tradamus’ [a nickname Smith uses for himself] to know what we put in this week and to be able to then go change that fast. 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.”
Maybe Smith was kidding or just unloading after another loss in a disappointing season that has yielded all of two wins. Why not point a finger at a team whose image was tarnished by SpyGate six years ago and whose coach was fined $500,000? Brady, on his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan” show, said the Patriots’ rally from a 10-point deficit came about because of adjustments — something every team does in a game and throughout a season.
“I just didn’t think much of it, truthfully,” Brady, who passed for 371 yards and two touchdowns, said. “I’ve just kind of moved on.”
And Smith’s claim about the Patriots’ “miraculous” answers for the Texans? “They definitely did some different things than we were expecting,” Brady said, “but nothing that really blew our mind.”
Belichick, who never really says anything anyway, had little to say about the matter this morning.
Bill Belichick on Antonio Smith's comments, "Yeah, I saw them. I don't have any comment on them. That's a league matter."
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 2, 2013