Torrey Smith on walk-through: “I always think someone’s watching”

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Maybe we should start calling Eagles receiver Torrey SmithRockwell.” (Unless Watkins in Accounting is already known as Rockwell.)

“I always think someone’s watching,” Smith told PFT Live on Friday in response to long snapper Rick Lovato‘s claim that the Eagles ran a fake walk-through practice at U.S. Bank Stadium last Saturday due to concerns that the Patriots could be spying on them.

Smith, who has now won a pair of Super Bowls in his seven-year career, downplayed the idea that, as Lovato suggested, the entire walk-through was phony.

“I mean, we ran plays,” Smith said. “They were our plays. Some of them may have not have necessarily been in the game plan or in the same order. We ran plays that we run. It wasn’t like a circus, by any means.”

Still, it appears that it wasn’t a walk-through of what would be happening at full speed the next day.

During a Friday appearance on ESPN, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins made it clear that his team wouldn’t be the only one concerned about something fishy happening in the stadium where the Super Bowl was due to be played.

“I think there are still a lot of coaches out there that don’t trust the Patriots, so sometimes they’ll overthink it and do some fake plays in case anybody’s watching,” Jenkins said.

Although the Eagles were indeed prepared to play and to win (because, obviously, they did both), the notion that any team would sacrifice the opportunity to rehearse the actual plays they plan to run in the place they will be playing confirms the extent to which the Patriots have established residence in the heads of the rest of the NFL, making it even more significant when someone finds a way to beat them.

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51 responses to “Torrey Smith on walk-through: “I always think someone’s watching”

  1. .. the notion that any team would sacrifice the opportunity to rehearse the actual plays they plan to run in the place they will be playing confirms the extent to which the Patriots have established residence in the heads of the rest of the NFL, making it even more significant when someone finds a way to beat them.

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    More accurately it reflects the trust level other teams have for the Patriots to follow the rules and guidelines of the league. The Patriots proved they will do whatever they want to in order to win and the punishments administered haven’t been a deterrent yet.

    Its not a Jedi mind trick, its called observation.

  2. This is a good strategy to keep opponents guessing.
    My Packers run so many fake plays that sometimes our own players can’t tell the difference.
    It keeps everyone but Aaron guessing, too. That’s one reason we lose so badly without him.

  3. I don’t believe the Patriots were in the Eagle’s heads. They took appropriate action because the Patriot cheat. They have been caught doing it several times, lost draft picks, paid fines… Ask players from the greatest show on turf if they cheated during their Super Bowl.

  4. Always watching? We live in the world of Belicheat.
    How do you think the Pats win?
    If they cant cheat, they can’t win.

  5. the notion that any team would sacrifice the opportunity to rehearse the actual plays they plan to run in the place they will be playing confirms the extent to which the Patriots have established residence in the heads of the rest of the NFL,

    And yet they beat NE by 8, with a back-up qb.

  6. Well I guess the Eagles must have been watching the NE walkthroughs as well as Minnesota’s. Based on what we’ve heard over the years, how else does one explain Philly’s ability to score that often and easily? It’s almost like they were in NE’s defensive huddle. Clearly they knew every play NE would run in the first half. Once NE changed up it’s game plan the Eagles D fell apart for most of the 2nd half.

  7. Pats cheated for years on multiple fronts, got caught and now the other teams expect it. Will always tarnish their accomplishments, as it should. Bonds was a great hitter but no one will ever know how great because he cheated.

  8. Before Rams v Pats SB36, a spy was spotted filming the Pats walkthru, who got away before guards could intercept them, but the Pats never complained. Despite which Rams keep whining about the fake story about the Pats filming them. Dolphins’ players published memoirs admitted buying a tape of Brady’s calls in 2008, both getting the jump on him and mimicking Brady’s calls to cause false starts. Pats never complained. Giants players said Tyree used stickum on his gloves for that SB helmet catch but the Pats never complained (yes, I know Giants players probably said it in jest but if Pats players had said it there’d be another deflate-framegate). Bills open the stadium gates during opponents’ FG attempts to increase the breeze. During the last Pats@Bills the Bills stadium tannoys constantly broke the cut-off time whenever Pats had the ball – Pats never complained…

  9. Teams have said they run a sweep of electrical devices in the visiting locker rooms in Foxborough looking for spying devices. This is nothing new, Pats have cheated since they started spying on the Rams to win their first SB*. Eagles just out played them this time, both on and off the field.

  10. fcoprado says:
    February 11, 2018 at 10:32 am
    Patriots are cheaters. Spygate will never die.
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    A camera was ARGUABLY in the wrong place for the first 15 minutes of the first game after the rules changed for w1 2007. And the film was confiscated before Pats got it. But I say ARGUABLY because outgoing Commish Tagliabue (who oversaw writing the new rule) said the Pats’ placement would still be ok in 2007 – you just couldn’t use the film in-game. He ruled this after the Jets were found taping the Pats in 2006 after his late 2006 memo advising teams to stop. He accepted the Jets’ argument that they would only use the film later, after the game. Jets’ Fraudger came into office and Jets (Mangini) retaliated on the Pats – Belichick referred to Tagliabue’s advisory but Jets’ Fraudger re-interpreted the rule’s wholly wording, claiming use of the film “during the game” meant “during ANY game THEREAFTER”.

    The Jets/league had wanted to saltily dump on the Pats who were the first dynasty after owners had agreed to stringent Parity Rules in the late 90s which was supposed to put an end to dynasties. At that time, everyine thought the Parity Rules were so perfectly devised that it would be impossible for a team to win 3 of 4 bowls… Which is also why deflategate was instigated, and why HGHgate was hushed up and Aaron Rodgers’ admission of improper PSI totally ignored. For what it’s worth Mangini later publicly apologised/regretted stitching the Pats.

  11. @streetyson: Yeah, the patriots never complained.

    That’s because they have you, Lemmy and tylaw to do the whining for them.

    Keep crying/braying/whining.

    I find it hilarious.

  12. Boy, some Eagle players have alot to learn about winning with class. Not Torrey Smith mind you.

    The players all know that every team does stuff to gain an edge. The PLAYERS from every team know this.
    Lane Johnson has a career asterisk next to his name, so we all hope you enjoy your tainted SB ring, Lane, because you are a cheater.
    Malcolm Jenkins is another one. Just take your trophy and show some damn class, instead of feeding the sycophant writers.
    Ever hear of a poor winner/ That’s these 2 newbs

  13. knowspinzone says:

    I love how the NE Patriots have so gotten into these teams heads. Serenity now!
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    It may make you feel better to try and believe that, but the reality is it’s because of Spygate when Belichick was fines half a million dollars. It’s a reputation he will never shake, weather you like it or not.

  14. Pats fans are delusional. The majority of them believe spygate didnt happen. They believe that bc it turned out that the 1 guy who claimed they were spying on rams walkthrough didnt have proff, that none of it happened. It did. There was a lot more evidence then that 1 guy. Like Belichick having a room of tapes of other teams signals, and guy who watched every game, every play, every signal, who then matched them up, so he could relay that to the coaches, who could tell Brady on his headset before the play. Goodell didnt stomp on and burn tons of tapes for no reason. And even though there was no proof of the rams walkthrough, the fact that Josh McDaniels years later got caught and fired for taping a teams walkthrough at Wembly stadium is enough of a smoking gun to believe 90% of what you hear about them.

    Also ideal gas law or not, those text and his behaviour with the balls, e.g. sneaking them away from the officials, clearly show that they were deflating balls, and just bc balls will lose some of there pressure doesnt mean they werent deflated. The less pressure in the ball the less it will deflate. So if a fully filled ball would naturally lose a psi or 2, a ball that already was down that much would barely lose anything. Patriots fans dont like to admit that little fact though.

    Face it the Patriots have only won 1 Superbowl without cheating. And who knows what we find out in a year or 2. They will probably be found out to have cheated vs Atlanta to.

    In my eyes I said Superbowl 52 was gonna either be the game that erases the asterisk away from there 1st 3, bc it was against 1 of the 3 Spygate Super Bowl victims, or the game that validates each of those teams.

    Well we know how that turned out.

    So Congratulations Rams on your 2nd Super Bowl Win. Congratulations Panthers on your 1st Super Bowl Win, and Congratulations Eagles on your 2nd Super Bowl Win. You all deserved it.

  15. Ironic – the same week that the Boston Herald AGAIN sends out fake news about Brady, here’s Smith admitting he didn’t know the Boston Herald story about the Pats filming walk throughs was fake news that was also retracted

    LOVE how in the heads of the NFL and fans Belichick and Brady are!

  16. The lies these people tell. There was no filming of a walkthrough. Spygate was because a guy in full Patriots gear filmed a Jets game fifteen feet to the right of where all the other cameras filmed from, just like the Jets had done in previous games. Stop lying.

  17. A running subtext of this whole Eagles-fake-walk-through story is: no, not every team spies, despite the excuse Patriots fans love to give, that “every team spies and the only difference between the rest of the league and the Patriots is that the Patriots got caught.”

  18. davidtyreeshelmetcatch says:
    February 11, 2018 at 11:04 am
    Teams have said they run a sweep of electrical devices in the visiting locker rooms in Foxborough looking for spying devices.
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    You forgot the part where nobody ever found anything…

  19. So Congratulations Rams on your 2nd Super Bowl Win. Congratulations Panthers on your 1st Super Bowl Win, and Congratulations Eagles on your 2nd Super Bowl Win. You all deserved it.

    Another guy announcing pretend trophies from a press conference in his living room. I think that’s hilarious.

  20. The Eagles are the Champions & we are gonna enjoy this victory for the whole year so if you hate it be ready to have a lump in your throats for a year or longer!!! Go Birds!

  21. Stop whining and show some class eagles. You never ever hear Belichick or the Patriots say anything after a win or loss except platitudes for the other team. Ever.

  22. Malcolm Jenkins Great Year ! transplated Eagle Fan from Reading PA. out in cBus OHIO for the past 30 years. Way to led the D! Torry came on in the end. that flee flicker catch against the vikes was epic and huge catches in the big one. brought it home to us. and some of us been waiting for 50 plus years. man it feels so good to laugh at the haters. Eagles Super Bowl Champs. yea baby. enjoy the Ring Gents! let’s get some more 🙂 .

  23. As someone said earlier, the Pats are equal to Baroid Bonds, and will ALWAYS be thought of as such. The stigma of cheating will hang on that franchise forever, and all of their accomplishments will be tainted in history.

  24. Patriots cheat,Patriots do anything to win….riddle me this then,Why didn’t malcolm butler play?If they do anything to win why didn’t he play?You haters amaze me with all this talk but never saying anything.

  25. one things for sure, the smug patriots run (whether fueled by cheating or not) is coming to an end and all those bandwagon jumpers will go back to rooting for the celtics and sox like they did prior to bill parcells showing up.

  26. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says:
    February 11, 2018 at 9:39 am

    More accurately it reflects the trust level other teams have for the Patriots to follow the rules and guidelines of the league. The Patriots proved they will do whatever they want to in order to win and the punishments administered haven’t been a deterrent yet.

    Its not a Jedi mind trick, its called observation.
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    Or more accurately it’s the owners that have no idea how to run an NFL team. Instead of acknowledging the possibility it’s a result of film study they make up excuses that the Patriots cheat in order to avoid their own fallibility.

  27. rogerdw66 says:
    February 11, 2018 at 11:59 am
    Cheat me once, shame on you. Cheat me twice, shame on me. Cheat me three times, shame on the NFL for being soft on Pats.
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    Harshest penalties in NFL history. Twice. For crimes that exist in the chronicles of NFL history that never went punished. Not excusing the cheating. Just asking for no nothing fans to get a wholesale grip.

    Soft … sigh

  28. Mathew Keen says:
    February 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm
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    I think we should examine delusional a bit further. For a second please think about what you are saying. Without proof it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. No. That’s EXACTLY what it means. Unless of course you care to expand the universal definition of what evidence means? A room of tapes? Based on what? We have Goodell who explained that all the tapes that existed were presented to him and destroyed. And was consistent with what Walsh detailed. But we can’t believe Goodell on that (not that anybody has a choice in the matter). But we can sure believe him during Deflategate. THAT we can believe him on. Right? Of course we can. Despite the fact that every bit of scientific evidence from Exponent was flawed. It was a whole lot more than just the IGL. You know it. Everybody knows it now. You also understand that if the NFL didn’t conveniently change the mind of Walt Anderson on what gauge he used every bit of pressure loss can be accounted for. Right? Despite the balls being inflated at different level. Regardless, even if we all somehow miraculously agreed the texts implicated suspicious activity there is very little doubt it was enough to prove conclusively a scheme to deflate footballs. Not that it matters because the texts are enough. Right?

    None of this matters anyway. Pats are “delusional” because fans like you continuously ask them to accept the notion that without proof it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

  29. thefirstsmilergrogan says:
    February 12, 2018 at 8:48 am
    one things for sure, the smug patriots run (whether fueled by cheating or not) is coming to an end and all those bandwagon jumpers will go back to rooting for the celtics and sox like they did prior to bill parcells showing up.
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    We know this based on the Patriots making it to the Super Bowl?

  30. therealtrenches says:
    February 11, 2018 at 12:28 pm
    A running subtext of this whole Eagles-fake-walk-through story is: no, not every team spies, despite the excuse Patriots fans love to give, that “every team spies and the only difference between the rest of the league and the Patriots is that the Patriots got caught.”
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    Interesting. Why does every team have multiple people sending signals in every play again?

  31. This is so sad. A team has to do a fake walk through because there are so many cheaters on the other side. Whatever happened to playing fair and square? Patriots are the Russians of the NFL. No one trusts them. No one ever will.

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