Pats’ Brady brushes off Texans DE’s claims

Updated: December 2, 2013, 4:29 PM ET


By
Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com


Asked to respond to Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith‘s comments that he was “very suspicious” of the New England Patriots‘ offensive adjustments for Week 13, quarterback Tom Brady brushed off the remarks.

“We’ve kind of been through a lot of this before,” Brady told the “Dennis & Callahan show” on WEEI sports radio in Boston. “I don’t really think much of it, truthfully. I just kind of have moved on. I’ve already started work on the Browns [the Patriots’ Week 14 opponent], trying to find a way to play those guys better and get off to a better start.”

Smith suggested that the Patriots were prepared for changes the Texans made to their defense that hadn’t previously been seen on film. He suggested he saw changes the Patriots made to their own offense that weren’t previously seen on film.

“I just think it will be a big coincidence if that just happened by chance,” he said. “I don’t know for sure, but I just know it was something that we practiced this week.”

“Either teams are spying on us or scouting us,” he added.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked whether he had seen Smith’s comments on Monday morning.

“Yeah, I saw them. I don’t have any comment on them. That’s a league matter,” he said.

The Patriots offense sputtered throughout the first half, scoring just seven points and falling behind 17-7.

For the second consecutive week, the Patriots mounted a come-from-behind win behind a strong second half showing, putting up 27 second half points to secure their ninth win of the season.

Brady was asked by the radio hosts about his team’s adjustments at halftime, an area that Belichick has long been regarded as one of the best in the league at making.

“If you have like a bad first drive, you don’t really come over to the sideline and go, ‘All right, guys, we’ve gotta change everything. Let’s scrap all the crap we’ve been practicing all week and just start making stuff up on the fly,'” he said.

“But I think by halftime you have really a good enough sample size to figure out how the game is being played, the things, the matchups that go in our favor, the matchups that don’t go in our favor. Maybe there’s some new things that they’ve done that we’ve got to adjust to, but ultimately, after halftime you get a chance to evaluate and say, ‘Well, how did that half play out?’

“You’ve got to be able to stick with it, stick with what we’re doing, kind of what we did against Denver,” he continued. “Or last week, we said, ‘OK, these are some of the things we’re going to get to and these are the matchups we like, and we’ve got to start making the plays that we’re capable of making.’ “

ESPN.com Texans reporter Tania Ganguli contributed to this report.

Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston’s Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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