NFL teams will stop at almost nothing to gain an edge on their opponents. Given the history of the New England Patriots pushing the envelope in such a fashion, it’s hardly surprising to hear their opponents were worried about talking strategy in the visitors lockers rooms at Gillette Stadium.
It had been rumored for years that Peyton Manning and the Colts feared the Patriots spying on them in the locker room and, speaking on the Dan Patrick Show Thursday (via Pro Football Talk), Tony Dungy essentially confirmed as much.
“I know that that is very true, and, you know, as Peyton talked to guys who played for the Patriots, some of the guys who came over — whether it’s true or not he treated it as true,” Dungy said. “We didn’t have a lot of strategy discussions inside the locker room there.”
To be clear: Dungy isn’t saying he or Manning or anyone with the Colts has any sort of actual knowledge about the Patriots doing any sort of snooping. And he’s not saying he thinks they were snooping.
He just knows that there were concerns about what might be heard.
“Peyton takes everything to the nth degree,” Dungy said.
Apparently so. Even keeping quiet in visiting locker rooms.