Antonio Smith was looking for answers. The Houston Texans' defense had just folded against the New England Patriots in the second half, resulting in a franchise-record 10th consecutive loss for a team that once fancied itself a Super Bowl favorite.
"I'm very suspicious," Smith said Sunday. "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."
"I'm sorry I said the word spying because of a prior engagement of them being caught spying," said Smith, referring to the Patriots' infamous spying scandal in 2007.
"Though it may be something I was curious about, that kind of didn't seem right, like how all of a sudden the change here?" he said. "It wasn't a serious matter to where I was thinking, 'Aw man, they're spying on us, they're cheating.' "
It sure didn't seem like Smith was joking in the video above. We sense some connective tissue between Smith's clarification and his coach's apparent annoyance that this became a story in the first place.
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