Deion Sanders Accused the Colts of Stealing Plays…With Absolutely No Evidence to Back It Up
I’m not sure what Deion Sanders was thinking or why he went after the Indianapolis Colts, but in a discussion with Ladanian Tomlinson following the Pats’ Super Bowl victory, Deion said that it was an open secret that the Colts would steal everyone’s plays, but that the NFL players never told the public.
And…that’s it. He didn’t give any supporting evidence or specific allegations:
“Those same critics, did they say anything about the wins that the Indianapolis Colts had? You want to talk about that too? Because they were getting everybody’s signals.
“Come on, you don’t walk up to the line and look over here and the man on the sideline giving you the defense that they’ve stolen the plays of. We all knew. L.T. knew. Everybody in the NFL knew. We just didn’t let the fans know. That was real and that was happening in Indy.”
The next day, coach Tony Dungy said that his team paid attention to other teams’ signals just like every other team does, but the Colts never made some huge effort to “steal” them.
He stated the following:
“I think we have to go back to what is cheating. People accusing us of cheating? I don’t think that’s the case. Stealing signals? You can go back to the 1800s in baseball, you can go anywhere there were signals done, and people were looking and watching and trying to get signals. Back in the early days of football the quarterbacks called the plays and the middle linebackers called the defenses and there was no signaling. When coaches decided they wanted to call plays you had to find ways to get the information in and there were people watching. My coach, Chuck Noll, was a messenger guard for Paul Brown in the ’50s because Paul Brown didn’t want to have to signal because people are going to watch them. So that’s what happens and it’s been done legally for years.”
It’s not clear what’s going on here, but by responding to Deion’s baseless accusation, Dungy may have made this more of a story than it would have been.
Hat Tip – [Washington Post]