After taking a ton of criticism from media and fans, Antonio Smith is attempting to clear the air. The Houston Texans defensive end accused Tom Brady and the New England Patriots of cheating their way to a victory on Sunday. He based this statement on the Patriots being able to move the ball successfully, even though the Texans threw in a new look defensively in preparation of the game. Of course, the Texans have lost 10 games in a row, so them not being very good might play a part in that. Though many don’t give the Pats the benefit of the doubt after Spygate in 2007, Smith wasn’t finding many friends with his claims, and he backpeddled on Monday.
“I said it, but you have to check the manner in which I said it,” Smith said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I didn’t accuse them of beating us with cheating. Come on, don’t you have a sense of humor? Though it may be something I was curious about it, I wasn’t thinking they spied on us or they were cheating. Half the stuff I say is spontaneous and witty, and I don’t think anything else about it. I’m sorry I said the word spying. I was joking and having fun with it.”
There may be some truth to what Smith is saying, when you read his original quote, you sense more frustration than anything. He doesn’t really single out the Pats, and actually infers that others know what is coming. Read what he said after the Texans loss:
“Either teams are spying on us or scouting us . . . I don’t know what it is,” Smith said, via 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.”
It does seem to read more like he cannot figure out how to stop the avalanche of season that is happening in Houston. This was supposed to be one of the better defensive teams, especially with Smith and JJ Watt along the line, but they are shredded on a weekly basis. Bill Belichick even commented on this fact, by stating that the Texans are upset that the Pats keep beating them.
In any event, this probably acted as a good refresher about the Patriots not winning a Super Bowl since they were exposed by Eric Mangini, a former assistant of Belichick. Of course, the NFL disavowed all knowledge of this after having tapes destroyed.