By Garret Heinrich
New England Patriots v Houston Texans

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Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – After the Houston Texans 34-31 loss to the New England Patriots defensive end Antonio Smith alleged that the Patriots were doing something fishy on some new schemes the Texans tried to bring to the game.

Smith specifically called out the Patriots for “spying” on the team, an allegation that hits hard in New England, where the team was punished for “Spy Gate” for spying on coaches walk through practices.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick responded to the comments from Smith on a conference call, Monday, with the media.

“I don’t have any comment on them,” Belichick said of Smith’s claims.  “I think that’s a league matter.”

That is about all you can expect of Belichick in the situation.  He’s never been a coach to comment too much on things that are said off the field.

On the conference call he was asked about personnel changes made by the Patriots on the field that seemed to really help propel the team in the second half against the Texans.

“As the game went on, we were able to see how Houston was going to match up to our different personnel groups and we had several groups that we used yesterday,” Belichick said. “I think Josh [McDaniels] did a good job of mixing the groups. Let’s say defensively when you’re facing a team that uses a lot of personnel groups, it’s hard to have a lot of things ready for a lot of different groups. It’s just hard to have a game plan where you have eight or nine different calls against seven, eight groups. You just run out of time to practice it and time to work on it.

“So, I think Josh was able to get a good handle on how they were matching our different personnel groups and what they were trying to do against them. When you get it down to two or three things and Tom [Brady] can recognize by formations what the defenses are, that can get you into a good play or give you a quick indication of where to go with the ball, so we didn’t have to hold it. We could get it out there quick and find the receivers that had the best matchups. Again, kind of a combination of all those factors. The different personnel groups I think ended up being helpful for us in terms of getting good plays, or plays that we felt comfortable with, matched up against what the Texans were doing.”

The NFL has made no statements on the issue or if they will be looking into Smith’s claims.



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