Earlier this week, former Colts coach Tony Dungy said that Peyton Manning would refuse to discuss certain parts of the team’s strategy in the visiting locker room at Gillette Stadium because of fears that the Patriots were eavesdropping on conversations through listening devices.
Manning and Dungy are gone from Indianapolis, but the team reportedly still shares the same concerns about what might be joining them in the locker room. Bob Kravitz of WTHR reports that the Colts still sweep the visiting locker room for bugs whenever they play at Gillette Stadium.
As Kravitz notes, chances are that the Colts have never found anything as there’s never been any talk about finding a device or related investigation into something from a league that’s spent months and millions trying to punish the Patriots quarterback for allegedy being “generally aware” of a plot to under-inflate footballs.
In the video below, you can hear former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison’s response to Dungy’s story from earlier in the week. Harrison says the team had no inside information when it came to playing the Colts and points out that other teams have had success stopping Manning at home and on the road in the postseason.
If the Colts actually are spending time trying to see if their locker room is bugged, though, there would be some benefit to the Patriots because it is time spent thinking about something other than the game at hand. The results of the last few meetings between the Pats and Colts suggest that’s not the best course of action for the 2014 AFC Finalists to be taking.