The Texans’ Antonio Smith Thinks the Patriots Are Spying Again

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick were not amused by the accusation.


Antonio Smith as “Tonestradamus” via

The Texans blew a 17-7 lead against the Patriots, Sunday, as New England came roaring back in the second half. Afterward, Texans defensive end Antonio Smith caused a little stir when he implied that the Pats might be up to their old Spygate tricks. Without offering details, he says that the Texans defense tried something new, and the Patriots seemed to pick up on it a little too quickly.

I’m very suspicious. 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 can’t tell you an example because it’s G15 classified. It’s a defensive thing that we might continue to use.


It just seems miraculous to me how they changed some things on offense that keyed on what we put in this week to stop what they were doing. They did things they never did all year before. It was a specific thing that was important to what we were going to do today, as to how we were going to call the defense. We’d not ever did it before, and they never changed like that before. It just let me know that something wasn’t right.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are among the best at their craft because they put so much into their craft. But you have to be a descendant of ‘Tonestradamus’ to know what we put in this week and to be able to then go change that fast. I got the only crystal ball in existence. I don’t know what it is. Either teams are spying on us or something’s going on.

“Tonestradamus,” is apparently a soothsaying alter ego of Smith’s that he uses to predict big wins for his team. So far, the sports media doesn’t think much of his psychic insights. “We suspect that ‘Tonestradamus’ newest statement is just as inaccurate” as his past predictions, Sports Illustrated writes. “Why would the Patriots’ espionage-aided gameplan only work in the second half?” asks Deadspin.

Elsewhere, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick were not amused. Belichick said he’d seen the remarks but didn’t have any comment. “That’s a league matter.” Brady was more dismissive. “They definitely did some different things than we were expecting, but nothing that really blew our mind,” Brady told WEEI. Ouch.