Tony Dungy, former Colts head coach appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show”, and said Peyton Manning would worry about the Patriots visitor locker room being bugged.“We had a few ex-Patriots that said you better be careful what you do in the locker room and what you say and that kind of thing,” Dungy said.
Dungy said he had no way of knowing if the comments were true, but he and Manning would take precautions when discussing team plays. Dungy did say they did that not only with the Patriots, but with every team.
He described it as “psychological warfare” because if effected the team and made them think about things happening off the field, himself included.
He said former Patriots would tell him to, “be careful, because we get information and it’s hard to believe some of the stuff that we get. So just be careful,” Dungy said.
Dungy did say it wasn’t just New England, and it’s not fair to single them out.
“Everybody wants to point the finger at the Patriots, but it’s that kind of league. Everybody tries to get an advantage when they can. Most people do,” he said.
In a 2010 Sports Illustrated report, Peter King said Peyton Manning took the advice very seriously and was concerned about it when in Foxboro, so they didn’t game plan inside the locker room very often.
“Peyton talked to guys who played for the Patriots, some of the guys who came over [to Indianapolis after having played for New England] — whether it’s true or not he treated it as true. We didn’t have a lot of strategy discussions inside the locker room there,” Dungy said.
Dungy said that Manning takes everything very seriously and will go that extra mile about everything.
Peyton Manning was asked after Thursday’s practice with the Broncos, if the Patriots listen in on what happens in the locker room, Manning responded jokingly.
“I think there’s kind of a rule that when you’re still playing, what goes on in a locker room kind of stays in a locker room,” Manning said after Thursday’s practice.
“When you stop playing, you write a book, you get commentary. Everything’s kind of, you know, seems to be told. I’m still playing so I don’t really talk about what goes on in a locker room. And I won’t write a book right away so you won’t find out what goes on in a locker room after I stop playing. Those are kind of the things that sort of stay in house.”
Dungy tweeted today about his comments, after responses that wasn’t very nice.
“Concerning my comments on @dpshow –Relax people. Same discussions had about Colts piping in crowd noise and turning up heat in the dome.”