MIAMI -- Don Shula revisited Spygate on Friday, saying his earlier criticism of the New England Patriots was ill-advised.
"I'm probably not the guy that should have said it," he said.
Some of the 1972 Miami Dolphins swapped stories Friday about their perfect season, praised the New England Patriots, laughed about today's NFL paparazzi and playfully debated the myth of their annual champagne celebrations.
In November, Shula said the Patriots' success was diminished by the spying scandal that prompted stiff punishment from the NFL early in the season. On Friday, he acknowledged that because the Patriots threaten to match his team's perfect-season achievement, his comments could be interpreted as sour grapes.
"I think a lot of people, when I said it, perceived it as helping yourself," Shula said.
"As I mentioned, I didn't fine them," Shula said. "I didn't take away the draft choice. I wasn't the one that coined the term 'Spygate.' All those things happened, and all I did was refer to them.
"Somebody else probably should have done it instead of me, because people thought it was self-serving when I did it."
"It was one game. It happened. I don't think their season should be defined out of that mishap," Morris said. "They soon realized they're so good, they didn't have to have that small advantage they tried to get. In hindsight, I'm sure they wish they hadn't done that."
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