Tom Brady explained away Texans defensive end Antonio Smith's "spying" accusations fairly quickly when given the opportunity Monday morning during his weekly interview with WEEI's Dennis and Callahan show.
"You know, truthfully, we just played a little bit better in the second half," Brady said. "We've kind of been through a lot of this before. I don't really think much of it, truthfully. I just kind of have moved on, I've already started work on the Cleveland Browns, trying to find a way to play those guys better and get off to a better start."
After the Patriots scored 27 second-half points on the Texans in their come-from-behind 34-31 victory on Sunday, Smith suggested that the Patriots may have somehow stolen Texans signals. He never used the word "cheat," but he just about twisted himself into a pretzel in so doing.
“You can tell they changed their scheme in the second half,” Smith said of the Patriots, as quoted in the Houston Chronicle. “It’s miraculous they changed some things on offense that keyed on what we put on 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 work so hard at their craft. But you have to be a descendent of ‘Tones-tradamus’ to know what we put in this week to be able to 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.”
In describing how the Patriots offense has overcome some of its recent slow starts -- New England has gone into the locker room behind on the scoreboard in four of its last five games -- Brady delved deeper into why Smith may have been suspicious.
They're called halftime adjustments.
"If you have like a bad first drive," Brady said, "you don't really come over to the sideline and go, 'All right guys, we've gotta change everything, let's scrap all the crap we've been practicing all week and just start making stuff up on the fly.'
"But I think by halftime you have really a good enough sample size to figure out how the game is being played, the things, the matchups that go in our favor, the matchups that don't go in our favor. Maybe there's some new things that they've done that we've got to adjust to, but ultimately, after halftime you get a chance to evaluate and say, 'Well, how did that half play out?'
"You've got to be able to stick with it, stick with what we're doing, kind of what we did against Denver. Or last week, we said, 'OK, these are some of the things we're going to get to and these are the matchups we like, and we've got to start making the plays that we're capable of making.' "
Patriots coach Bill Belichick was also given the opportunity to react to Smith's comments during his conference call with reporters on Monday.
"Yeah, I saw them," he said. "I don't have any comment on them. That's a league matter."