This past week in the NFL, we saw the 2-win Houston Texans nearly defeat the New England Patriots in what was a scare for Tom Brady’s crew. Houston had everything under control in the first half as they cruised to a 10-point halftime lead. After the break, Brady and company piled on the points and pulled out a victory.
After the game, Texans defensive end Antonio Smith, in a roundabout way, accused New England of cheating. Saying that there were things his defense threw into their game plan just that week for the first time, Smith was baffled at how the Patriots could have practically known what was coming and felt that something was up.
Well, if he was trying to get a rise out of Brady, he’d have to try much harder.
“We’ve kind of been through a lot of this before,” Brady said according to 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, trying to find a way to play those guys better and get off to a better start.”
Brady emphasized that he and his team simply made adjustments at the half.
“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,” Brady explained. “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?'”
It’s obvious that the Patriots wouldn’t have needed to ‘cheat’ in order to beat a reeling Texans team. That, to me, is laughable in itself. For Smith to question Bill Belichick and Brady’s ability to make adjustments and in-game decisions is just absurd. You’re talking about two of the best in the game of football; two of the last guys you would ever come into questioning.