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Pep Hamilton gets a little salty with Patriots

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If watching a pair of generational-great quarterbacks duel isn’t enough for you, there’s now a little sniping going on between the Colts and the Patriots in advance of Saturday night’s game.

Via Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton took a little swipe at the Patriots and their Spygate past.

Hamilton was a Jets assistant from 2003 to 2005, so he knows the AFC East history well.

“I do know for a fact that it was always a 60-minute chess match,” Hamilton said. “It was ever-changing looks and disguises and they always tend to find ways to figure out some of your signals.”

Zing.

Hamilton’s words were also followed by the requisite praise for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, of course.

“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.

Of course, Hamilton also has longtime Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch at his disposal this week, in case it seems the Colts have a little inside information of their own.

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  1. mattwalshvideo says: Jan 9, 2014 1:29 PM

    Bill Belicheat + Ernie Adams = Biggest cheaters in sports history.

    They’ve never stopped cheating even after the embarrassing spygate debacle.

    Stay classy NE.

  2. marcuswelby70 says: Jan 9, 2014 1:33 PM

    Branch will be of no help to Colts. As far as Pep goes can he honestly say that he doesn’t try to figure out the other teams signals?

  3. lazrrocketarm says: Jan 9, 2014 1:37 PM

    They (Patriots) have already moved on mentally. Prepared for a matchup in Denver.

    Don’t sleep on the road dogs this week.

  4. clelek05 says: Jan 9, 2014 1:38 PM

    Oh come on haters! This one is on a tee for you. Let’s hear it.

  5. cajunaise says: Jan 9, 2014 1:39 PM

    Molehill, thou art now a mountain.

  6. bigbenv says: Jan 9, 2014 1:43 PM

    Queue all the Patriot Haters.

    What the entire Hating nation is too ignorant to understand is that the Patriots were fined not for taping, but for using video equipment on the field of play extended (area only available to team representation). They could have easily done the taping from the first row of the stands and been totally within the requirements set forth by the league. Also, it didn’t become illegal (taping on the field) until the 2006 season.

    This is so old news.

  7. haterade999 says: Jan 9, 2014 1:44 PM

    People call the Patriots “cheaters” … That’s cute.

    Bottom-line: BB and Tom know this game better than just about anyone. Go on, test them.

    Say what you will, but that team is dangerous year-in, year-out. I doubt they need to steal your signals when 90% of the leagues defense is vanilla.

  8. dpdonny says: Jan 9, 2014 1:46 PM

    Tsk, tsk. Will they ever learn?

    Pats 45-17

  9. strokinmyego says: Jan 9, 2014 1:49 PM

    If the Patriots win I guarantee they’ll only have nice things to say about their opponents. Unfortunately the media has made the Patriots out to be the bad guys of the NFL to fit their narrative.

    Branch won’t be providing anything useful about the Patriots. People (the media) overrate the effect bringing in former players has. If all former Patriots had great information why couldn’t Welker help the Donkeys stop the Patriots from scoring at will in their game?

  10. drbjr320 says: Jan 9, 2014 1:50 PM

    “there’s now a little sniping going on between the Colts and the Patriots in advance of Saturday night’s game.”

    why did you include the Patriots in this sentence? have any of them taken shots at the colts?

  11. floriojr says: Jan 9, 2014 1:53 PM

    why is it bad to try to figure out what the other team is going to run? I mean smart qbs like Peyton Manning will have dummy signals and calls because they KNOW someone on the other side of the ball knows the plays/audibles and they will purposely call one of them and do something different.

    Case in point Denver vs Baltimore in the beginning of the year.

    Coaches watch film and tendencies and yes they try to figure out signals. they all do it. its not cheating.

    im not even a NE fan but Im so tired of whiny people claiming they are cheating. All the cheating in the world didn’t win them a super bowl against the Giants

  12. jaltreality says: Jan 9, 2014 1:54 PM

    What? How is that a zing? Good teams decipher signals without cheating, too.

  13. dickshotdogs says: Jan 9, 2014 1:55 PM

    Way to go Pep. Like they need any motivation. And that filming thing. It was and still goes on. By ALL thirty two teams. They were simply busted for their (his) location while filming. Oh well.

  14. tellemallrex says: Jan 9, 2014 1:56 PM

    I’m a Jet fan and root hard against the Patriots, but the cheating comments are getting as lame as the Rex Ryan foot fetish jokes!

  15. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 9, 2014 1:58 PM

    no brandon spikes? no problem

    ernie adams has the visitors’ locker room wire tapped, cameras hidden in obscure places, 2nd radio frequency in brady’s helmet telling him what the defense is

    but dont fret colts fans. chuck pagano was on my staff when dean pees came over to baltimore. dean informed us all how the patriots STILL are cheating to this day. so chuck will have a plan to combat.

  16. mackie66 says: Jan 9, 2014 2:00 PM

    Flo, attempting to steal the other teams signals go back to an era before you were born. Vince Lombardi use to hide his practices stating PaPa Bear was watching, trying to steal his game plan.
    And so it goes,,,

  17. raiderufan says: Jan 9, 2014 2:01 PM

    Think about it…why are they using coded hand/sign signals? Because someone is looking.

    Why are mouths covered when they call in plays? Because someone is looking.

    I don’t think this is a jab at all.

  18. zeedoubleyou says: Jan 9, 2014 2:03 PM

    Let’s look at the facts:

    1) The NFL thought the violation was great enough that the Pats lost a 1st round pick

    2) Belichick was fined 500K and the Patriots 250K

    3) Zero rings since

  19. zimaman says: Jan 9, 2014 2:03 PM

    you know with all the ex Patriots out there by now you would think that someone would have spilled the beans if there was anything to spill

    they haven’t because there is no story just a lot of innuendo for someone to grab a headline

    Patriots were taping illegally like everyone else and got caught. big deal. anyone that knows football realizes to get first half tapes and try to make second half adjustments from the same game s just impossible. tapes were for future reference and other camera legally placed would get the same info. Belichek was being a dick and he caught the wrath of Khan

    grand pooh bah comish “Khan” Goodell had a make a name for himself so he slapped them with a big hit

    big deal – other than the haters no one gives a poop anymore and the haters are like .00001% of NFL fandom

  20. qdog112 says: Jan 9, 2014 2:08 PM

    “If watching a pair of generational-great quarterbacks duel isn’t enough for you …”
    ************************
    Oh stop it. Andrew Luck is not a generational great QB. Please allow him to prove something before continuing the campaign for the HOF. So far, nothing he has done qualifies him as great. Let alone “generational(ly) great”.

    Unless you call TY Hilton getting wide open, Luck’s doing, he’s been an ordinary game manager, who is capable of a big day, but just as prone to throwing unexplained picks. (similar to Eli’s picks)

  21. tim2200 says: Jan 9, 2014 2:12 PM

    Who is Pep Hamilton?? Never heard of him.

  22. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 9, 2014 2:15 PM

    LOL at anyone who thinks spygate was just ernie stealing signals…

    go back & use google & see what chris mortensen reported about spygate

    as mcdaniels once said (per jay glazer), the cheating was “what was practiced, what was coached”

  23. surfinbird1 says: Jan 9, 2014 2:19 PM

    Wow, bulletin board mat’l from a coach. It doesn’t get any better that that. Most of the kids playing Saturday night weren’t on the team back then. This is some real stale crap.

  24. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 9, 2014 2:20 PM

    Super Bowls won since being named “Pep”: 0

    Stay classy.

  25. bobwsc says: Jan 9, 2014 2:26 PM

    any pass to Branch is a pick waiting to happen. he couldn’t get separation two years ago. its doubtful he got quicker during his time out of the league.

  26. billbraskyisasonofabitch says: Jan 9, 2014 2:36 PM

    tim2200 says:
    Jan 9, 2014 2:12 PM

    Who is Pep Hamilton?? Never heard of him.
    ————————————————

    Colts OC. Ex Stanford OC. One of the next greats.

  27. dlk47823 says: Jan 9, 2014 2:38 PM

    Pats fans should be wary of actually getting to the Bowl this year. In the past 10 years, Pats have played poorly away from Foxboro in the playoffs.
    Without home team advantage, this team could be seriously embarrassed in Denver or in a meadowlands SB. (Where they already lost to the Jets this year.)
    Should be fun!

  28. tremoluxman says: Jan 9, 2014 2:39 PM

    I forget who wrote the article a couple weeks ago, but the gist of it was that great QBs make great coaches, not the other way around.
    In virtually every case where you have a supposedly great coach, he is blessed with a great QB. Go check the records. If you think BB would be just as good without Brady, you’re dreaming. Same with Lombardi, Shula, and the rest.
    Show me a list of great coaches who had lousy QBs during their supposed great period.

  29. legeisyaj says: Jan 9, 2014 2:41 PM

    Typical Jets guy.

    Lots of class.

    Big mistake (historically speaking) to even partially call out N.E. like this.

    What a joke.

    Envy is ugly.

  30. fanasaurus says: Jan 9, 2014 2:42 PM

    It seems like an excuse Peppy Hamilton had for continually losing to the Pats while working with the Not Yets. Now he has the same excuse built in if he doesn’t get the job done on Saturday night. Trying to decipher the opposing teams signals (strategy) in every sport has been an objective since competitive sports started many, many moons ago.

  31. patriotenvy says: Jan 9, 2014 2:52 PM

    People just need a reson. A few weks ago someone told me they hate the Patriots, and like any team that beats them, because they “used Hartford” to get a new stadium. Haven’t heard that one in a while.

  32. heisthejuan says: Jan 9, 2014 2:52 PM

    LOL at anyone who thinks Spygate was a big deal. It was about Goodell proving he is the BSD in the NFL. Also, everyone was calling him racist after how he dealt with Pacman. But you know, whatever helps you deal with the last 13 years is fine by me.

  33. rodh32340 says: Jan 9, 2014 2:54 PM

    BB and TB have won together so much…they have been tabbed geniuses of the gridiron,…if there was ever a time to beat them, that time is now! Pats are loaded with average pro type athletes at the skill spots and a defense that has its moments of greatness but are far from great. If the Colts can’t use Luck to their advantage in this game Saturday night,then they will never get past the first round.

  34. jimjets says: Jan 9, 2014 2:58 PM

    Pep Hamilton – my new Main Man!

    Now, Pep, coach up that funny looking kid with the awful beard!

    Go colts

  35. azarkhan says: Jan 9, 2014 2:59 PM

    @tremoluxman, Joe Gibbs won 3 Super Bowls with 3 different QB’s, none of whom are in the HOF.

  36. rodh32340 says: Jan 9, 2014 2:59 PM

    As for Great QBs make great coaches…may be something to that, But you take Shula out of that equation! He won with Earl Morrall and David Woodley and BB won with Cassell, Woodley was so valued that Pittsburgh paid for him and Cassell cashed in in K.C. So you need better examples like Weeb Ewbanks and Joe Namath and Coryell and Dan Fouts..

  37. metitometin says: Jan 9, 2014 3:09 PM

    This just fuels the Patriot’s fire. They went 17-0 after the bogus Spygate scandal and would have won the Superbowl if not for a lucky, fluke catch by Tyree. This was after they were supposedly caught videotaping. Of course every team in the NFL was videotaping at the time since it was legal. That’s why Goodell sent that memo about videotaping to every team in the NFL, not just the Patriots. Too bad the Pats had to take the hit for this bogus scandal.

    And believe me, they don’t take too kindly to references about it, even joking references. Mark it down now, Patriots in a blowout Saturday night.

  38. jnbnet says: Jan 9, 2014 3:17 PM

    tremoluxman says:
    Jan 9, 2014 2:39 PM
    I forget who wrote the article a couple weeks ago, but the gist of it was that great QBs make great coaches, not the other way around.
    In virtually every case where you have a supposedly great coach, he is blessed with a great QB. Go check the records. If you think BB would be just as good without Brady, you’re dreaming. Same with Lombardi, Shula, and the rest.
    Show me a list of great coaches who had lousy QBs during their supposed great period.

    ==============================
    Brady went down in the first game and Cassel then went on to win eleven games.

  39. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 9, 2014 3:19 PM

    metitometin must have a foggy memory.

    what about the 2nd radio frequency in brady’s helmet?

    or mics on the dlinemen to pick up audibles?

  40. jnbnet says: Jan 9, 2014 3:22 PM

    patriotenvy says:
    Jan 9, 2014 2:52 PM
    People just need a reson. A few weks ago someone told me they hate the Patriots, and like any team that beats them, because they “used Hartford” to get a new stadium. Haven’t heard that one in a while.
    ============================
    Hate the Patriots for using Hartford to get a new stadium. How stupid is that? CT Gov offered Kraft a stadium. Kraft looked into it and backed out…..Gov goes to jail. Looks like Kraft knew there was something fishy there. Then Kraft builds a new stadium WITHOUT any public finance….he raised all the money himself.

  41. stixzidinia says: Jan 9, 2014 3:33 PM

    Talk about the media trying to stir the pot and make a mountain out of a molehill. This is why NFL personnel hate talking to hte media. And it’s why some of them would rather be fined than talk to you leeches.

  42. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Jan 9, 2014 3:40 PM

    I can’t wait until my Colts put the final nail in the coffin for those signal taping, pass interference committing, repeated Super Bowl losers and their home wrecking, wife stealing coach.

    Just remember the equation Pats fans…

    No cheating + no help from refs = Your season is OVER.

  43. dlk47823 says: Jan 9, 2014 3:41 PM

    Pats probably get their home win this week…then its over. Could not beat a winning team on the road again this year, including losses to the 8-8 Dolphins and Jets, Carolina and Cincy.
    Pats fans should be happy with one playoff win….and Brady another year closer to retirement.

  44. suggshashorsegums says: Jan 9, 2014 4:04 PM

    BAHAHA, looks at all the little jealous hater trolls! It must kill you all that the Pats are STILL in your heads after all these years…pathetic really. Makes me that more proud to be a Pats fan.

  45. forsbergler says: Jan 9, 2014 4:15 PM

    ^^^Listen to all the Pats damage control at work

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

    It has the typical guy talking about it being a camera placement violation

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

    no mention that the camera was tapeing O and D signals from the sideline…….which at no time WAS EVER LEGAL…..tapeing of signals is and was at no time EVER LEGAL

    then you got the guys saying everyone is doing it

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA

    I hope all pats fans aren’t this stupid and ignorant

  46. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 9, 2014 4:25 PM

    The bitter tears of Pats haters are just sweet nectar to Pats fans.

    I shouldn’t read these threads though, my IQ goes down about 30 points every time I read a bunch of the Earnie Adams is Satan, spygate was a magic telepathic system that instantly gave Brady the entire enemy game plan, or the Belichick has continued to steal signals and sneak into the other locker room using his patented Hoodie Of Invisibility (TM) comments.

  47. suggshashorsegums says: Jan 9, 2014 4:26 PM

    ^^^^ Good try, troll! What damage control are you talking about??? Keep trying!!!

  48. forsbergler says: Jan 9, 2014 4:30 PM

    LoL, you are right about they don’t like the mentioning of Spygate. They’ll show you!! they’ll spy even better and blow you out by 30 points. Until they go have to play legit away from home where their systematic cheating isnt as effective. What was the pats record away this year? 3-4 ? 8-0 at home? I wonder why the big drop off. I can see the PATS cheating up a storm big time in this game. Our only chance of a fair matchup is a Pats vs Den in Mile High at the AFC championship. If they win there it still doesnt matter because they’ll get stoppped in their 3rd strait SB by either SF or Sea. It would almost be worth seeing manning go down to brady again to watch him fail in his 3rd strait SB and tarnish is rep that much more than he already has in the past 2. 0-3 in SB since teams realized that the Pats are the NSA of the NFL.

  49. smallchangewillyfromphilly says: Jan 9, 2014 4:36 PM

    @billbraskyisasonofabitch

    I agree with you and have been blogging that as a Vikings fan this is the guy (Pep) i’d like to see targeted in our search for a head coach

    not sure why his name is not coming up….

  50. suggshashorsegums says: Jan 9, 2014 4:47 PM

    Forsbergler, you’re trying real hard! Still not working though! BAHAHAH

  51. charmcitychampions says: Jan 9, 2014 4:48 PM

    Hey do all you guys remember that the Patriots are cheaters and their 3 championships are all suspect? I remember it too. Nobody will ever forget it . Keep crying Beantown. It’s what you do best.

  52. htown1035 says: Jan 9, 2014 4:52 PM

    jnbnet says:
    Jan 9, 2014 3:17 PM
    tremoluxman says:
    Jan 9, 2014 2:39 PM
    I forget who wrote the article a couple weeks ago, but the gist of it was that great QBs make great coaches, not the other way around.
    In virtually every case where you have a supposedly great coach, he is blessed with a great QB. Go check the records. If you think BB would be just as good without Brady, you’re dreaming. Same with Lombardi, Shula, and the rest.
    Show me a list of great coaches who had lousy QBs during their supposed great period.

    ==============================
    Brady went down in the first game and Cassel then went on to win eleven games.

    ===============================

    Let’s not forget the additional information:

    Brady went down in the first game and Cassel then went on to win eleven games….with the same team that went undefeated the year before except for Brady.

  53. vaphinfan says: Jan 9, 2014 5:18 PM

    Was the pats illegally taping signals? Yes. Was everyone else doing it? Doesnt matter whos doing it its still cheating. And im sure billicheck turned into an adjustment guru over the past few years. You have a week to plan and stop a team and you cant do it the first half but in 20 min he can make the adjustments to shut down a team? Im just waiting for Billichick to say something about football in his meetings. You figure a genius would kno if you talk about it or not a team is going to see what you do when you put on the film.

  54. dlk47823 says: Jan 9, 2014 5:30 PM

    Yes Cassell helped win 11 , but did not make the playoffs as the Jets won the division and the pats went home.

  55. dlk47823 says: Jan 9, 2014 5:34 PM

    Yes, Brady has more SB wins, but Peyton has more in the past 9 seasons. 1-0.

  56. lanman11 says: Jan 9, 2014 5:49 PM

    I think we can all agree that all 32 teams are actively trying to figure out what the other team on the other sideline is going to do next, and that includes trying to decipher and hand signals or read lips if you can. That’s why we see multiple people making hand signals and coaches covering their mouths when they talk. Throw in the radios that are in some players helmets and this whole idea of one team cheating while all the others are not seems ludicrous. I can buy the fact that one or more teams is better than most others at figuring things out about the other team and then executing a timely counter attack, but that’s called being better/quicker than your competition. Knowing and understanding your competition, and having ready responses, is the premise for success in most everything. The Patriots are excellent competitors. You truly need to have AND bring your A game to beat them, and even then, that usually isn’t enough.

    Don’t hate them just because they’re beautiful.

  57. lanman11 says: Jan 9, 2014 5:58 PM

    Here is the leading text fromthe article referenced above:

    “The Patriots remain infamous for their involvement in the Spygate scandal in 2007, in which they were found by the NFL to be stealing opponents’ signals through prohibited videotaping methods.”

    OK then….the article implies there are methods of stealing signals that are not prohibited. Let’s discuss stealing signals through methods that are “not prohibited.” Would that be mounting your camera elsewhere in the stadium?

    Spygate was one of a steady stream of pssng contests between the Jets and Pats. The Pats made the Jets remove a camera in Foxboro in the previous game. The Jets responded by ratting out the on field camera, which everyone used to have. I don’t think anyone, even Mangini, envisioned it becoming a tabloid sensation.

  58. kisstherings says: Jan 9, 2014 5:59 PM

    lol. Every team in the league tries to get the opposing teams signals during games. This was not a zinger.

    Pats got punished because they kept trying to video after the league put out a note before the 2007 season saying teams had to stop doing it. As Fox’s Jimmie Johnson and others have confessed….before 2007. Everybody did it.

    That being said, it is not illegal to try to steal the other teams signals by watching, and everybody does it. As Pep, states……like everything else they do….the Pats just do it a lot better.

    I know, this isn’t as fun for the “I hate the Pats because they are 100 times better an organization than my miserable team” morons, but unfortunately for the haters…..it’s the truth.

  59. turkish124 says: Jan 9, 2014 6:44 PM

    That’s some real TMZ reporting right there, guys. Way to raise the bar.

  60. tedmurph says: Jan 9, 2014 7:28 PM

    Setting up the excuses in advance. Colts are gonna lose this game by 3 TDs, and even their staff knows it.

  61. plastics017 says: Jan 9, 2014 9:01 PM

    What “zeedoubleyou” and all the other Patriots haters fail to realize is that since SpyGate, the Patriots have the winningest record in football, have been to 4 AFC Championship games and probably a 5th this year. No they haven’t won a super bowl, but there is that saying …. “Any Given Sunday” – the Patriots lost by very slim margins, one play here or there in their two superbowls since, and in the three superbowls previous, won by one or two plays here and there. Anyway, fans who hate on the Patriots and constantly bring up Spygate are just J E A L O U S that they’re not Patriots fans because Spygate or not, no team has had more success since that happened.

  62. tremoluxman says: Jan 9, 2014 9:20 PM

    Gibbs may have been the only exception to the ‘great coach-great QB’ rule. BB happened to have a competent back-up in Cassell when Brady went down. Let’s see how he would do with Cassell at the controls for as long as Brady was. Not nearly as well I’d bet. If it was coaching and not the QB, why not keep Cassell and trade Brady to save money or get more draft picks?

  63. tremoluxman says: Jan 9, 2014 9:33 PM

    As far as Gibbs goes, he had QBs who had outstanding seasons. Theisman was probably the best of the bunch overall. If it hadn’t been for the horrendous injury ending his career, he would have been even better. Even Gibbs couldn’t work miracles with sub-par QBs.

  64. 3broncoscrew says: Jan 10, 2014 10:28 AM

    It’s a non issue… The fanboy NAs (non athletes) who sit in their moms basement and speak as if they ever played a team sport- let alone football
    I knew a coach on the dolphins defensive staff under Saban. They used to mic up their interior DL to listen in on the opposing QBs checks and audibles and try to use it to their advantage

    Where’s the uproar? Oh- I know it’s bc they stink!

    Loser fans like jets, colts, and steeler fans all sing the same song. Unfortunately the Pats have abused you for the past decade so I understand your bitterness. Get over it..

  65. brazzz01 says: Jan 10, 2014 2:14 PM

    Patriots in 2007 vs AFC playoff teams: 7-0

    Patriots in 2008 without Brady vs AFC playoff teams: 1-4, and blown out 3 times.

    Any questions?

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