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The Patriots’ offensive adjustments were too good at some points, in Texans defensive end Antonio Smith‘s estimation.
I’m very suspicious. I just think it will be a big coincidence if that just happened by chance. I don’t know for sure, but I just know it was something that we practiced this week.
— Antonio Smith, on the Patriots’ adjustments to the Texans’ defense
“Either teams are spying on us or scouting us,” Smith told a group of reporters.
Smith said the Texans introduced new wrinkles into their defense this week. He said that even though the Texans had never done those things in prior games, which would mean they weren’t on film, the Patriots knew they were coming before they happened.
“I’m very suspicious,” Smith said. “I just think it will be a big coincidence if that just happened by chance. I don’t know for sure, but I just know it was something that we practiced this week.”
Smith would not elaborate on exactly what adjustment New England made to Houston’s defense. The Texans owned a 10-point halftime lead but allowed 27 second-half points in their 34-31 loss.
“I can’t tell you an example because it’s G15 classified,” Smith 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.”
For the sake of clarity, Smith was asked if he was saying the Patriots knew what the Texans were going to do defensively, even though those wrinkles had never appeared in games before.
“I’m saying it seemed like it,” Smith said. “You can’t never be for sure on anything because I ain’t over there in their huddle, in their locker room, but it just felt like it.”
- Previously covered Texans for Houston Chronicle and Jaguars for Florida Times-Union
- Northwestern University graduate