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Houston Texans DE Antonio Smith thinks Patriots might have been spying on them

Antonio Smith TexansHouston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith said after Sunday’s 34-31 home loss to the New England Patriots that his opponents seem to know all the Texans’ defensive plays, and he found that suspicious. Smith even went so far as to suggest the Patriots may have been spying on them.

Smith says the Texans introduced new elements to their defense this week that they had never previously shown in games, therefore he believes no team would have been prepared for the new plays. But the Patriots were.

“I’m very suspicious,” Smith said via ESPN’s Tania Ganguli. “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.”

The Pats scored 27 second half points against the Texans.

“I can’t tell you an example because it’s G15 classified,” Smith said. “It’s a defensive thing that we might continue to use. … The way, I’m trying to say it without giving it away. When you watch film of the team do something a certain way all the time no matter what team they play — it’s been 12 games played and they always did it — and then all of a sudden it’s changed? It was pretty clever and pretty suspicious.”

Smith went on to say that you can never be sure about cheating or spying accusations, but “it seemed like” the Pats knew what the Texans were going to be doing.

Two weeks ago Robert Griffin III said the Philadelphia Eagles defense knew exactly what the Redskins were doing on offense, but that seemed like a matter of the offense being predictable. The implication from Smith here is that the Patriots were possibly cheating to gain an edge, which would not be new for Bill Belichick. But it really could just be that the Texans have a predictable defense — even with their changes — which might be part of why they’re 2-10.

Antonio Smith ripped off Richie Incognito’s helmet, hit him with it (Video)

Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith could be facing a suspension from the league after ripping off Richie Incognito’s helmet during a preseason game on Saturday and hitting the Miami Dolphins lineman in the head with it.

Antonio Smith Richie IncognitoA video obtained by FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer shown on the premier of “FOX Football Daily” Monday showed Smith and Incognito going head-to-head on a play. Smith got frustrated while rushing the passer — possibly because of Incognito’s hands to the face — and he ripped off Incognito’s helmet and hit the lineman in the chin with it.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin sent the video to the league for review.

NFL officials/rules guru Mike Pereira believes the league could suspend Smith because he committed a “non-football act.”

Smith and Incognito have a history. Last year, Smith accused Incognito of playing dirty in their September game. Smith was fined $21,000 last year for kicking Incognito while he was on the ground. He had the fine reduced to $11,000 on appeal.

Video via James Palmer

Antonio Smith: Manti Te’o ‘would be the butt of every joke’ in Texans locker room

Manti Te'o combineIf Manti Te’o intends to enjoy a successful NFL career, he is going to have to carry with him some pretty thick skin. No matter what the former Notre Dame linebacker says or does, he is never going to escape the embarrassment of the fake girlfriend hoax he supposedly fell victim to.

Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith reminded us of that this week. According to Smith, Te’o had better be prepared for some serious heckling in the event that he gets drafted by the Texans.

“Our locker room is full of clowns and, oh, man people would kill him,” Smith told NBC Sports Network’s Pro Football Talk. “I mean he would be the butt of every joke for at least two, three years.”

By that time, Te’o should be more than used to being ragged on. If Te’o’s NFL teammates keep quiet about the hoax, there is always going to be an elephant in the room. Once he begins his professional career, the best thing Te’o can do is just accept the verbal beating and laugh it off.

“You just got to be a good sport, man, it is what it is and you know it is out now, it’s out in the papers and on TV, so all you can do now, you can’t worry about it, you can’t change it, all you can do now is laugh — laugh with us while we’re laughing at you,” Smith said.

Terrell Suggs recently said the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens would welcome Te’o into their locker room, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t give him a hard time. Te’o has already heard it from airline companies and hotel chains, so what’s a little more ribbing? Lord knows he already has enough to worry about with that disappointing display he put on in the 40-yard dash.

Antonio Smith upset refs let Richie Incognito play dirty

The Texans beat the Dolphins 30-10 on Sunday, but not everyone was happy after the win.

Not only did Houston start off slowly before pulling away, but defensive lineman Antonio Smith was not happy with the referees for allowing Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito to play dirty.

Incognito has a reputation for being the dirtiest player in the league, so the charge was not surprising.

“A dirty player being let to play dirty … Ricky Incognito,” Smith said, likely getting his first name wrong on purpose, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Nick Mathews. “Everything that’s illegal that can be done on the football field he does it, but mainly he was hitting people after the play, sliding down on your leg grabbing your ankle and trying to twist to break your ankle and he was doing it right in front of the referees and he was still in the game.”

Smith was upset the referees didn’t address the dirty play.

“It’s the referees’ job to stop him from doing it because everything that I would do to stop him I would get a penalty for,” he said.

Well, Antonio, they are replacement refs. You expect them to do their homework and know to look out for Ricky err Richie’s shenanigans? Maybe the refs will be on him next week. Smith meanwhile was actually credited with half a sack in the win.

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