Colts OC Pep Hamilton takes swipe at Patriots over Spygate
The Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots are set to face off in the postseason once again on Sunday, but there is one major difference this time around. Peyton Manning will not be traveling to Foxboro. Instead, Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has to figure out a way to beat the Pats on the road with Andrew Luck and company.
Hamilton, who worked as a quarterbacks and wide receivers coach with the New York Jets from 2003-2005, has plenty of experience facing the Patriots. He spoke about that on Wednesday, tossing in a Spygate reference in the process.
“I do know for a fact that it was always a 60-minute chess match,” Hamilton said, per Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. “It was ever-changing looks and disguises and they always tend to find ways to figure out some of your signals.”
The Patriots were caught videotaping opponents’ signals in 2007, so Hamilton seemed to be indicating that stealing signals was something Bill Belichick and company had been practicing for years. Hamilton followed up his swipe with some high praise for Belichick.
“It’s truly an honor to have an opportunity to field a team and compete against the likes of Coach Belichick who will go down as one of the greatest coaches in the history of the National Football League,” he said.
If and when Belichick is asked about the comments, he’ll pretend he hasn’t seen them. That doesn’t mean they won’t be blown up in size 156 font and hung up on the wall in the Patriots’ locker room.