Peyton Manning feared the New England Patriots bugged the visitors’ locker room back in the 2010 season says former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy.
When the current Denver Broncos quarterback was playing for his previous team, the Colts, back in 2010, he took action to combat against any possibility that the Patriots were spying on their tactics and game plans.
Dungy said on the Dan Patrick Show according to Pro Football Talk that when the Colts played against the Patriots in New England, Manning would leave the visitors’ locker room and go into the hallway to discuss specific plays as he feared the locker room was wired so that the opposition could hear.
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The former Colts coach confirmed a Peter King report from 2010 about Manning’s concerns was accurate, however he doesn’t know if the locker room was actually bugged or if Manning was paranoid because of the times the Patriots have been caught cheating in the past, most notably being the Spygate scandal in 2007.
Dungy said: “I know that that is very true, and, you know, as Peyton talked to guys who played for the Patriots, some of the guys who came over — 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.
“Peyton takes everything to the nth degree.”
There’s nothing wrong with being a little cautious, especially if a game like Colts vs Patriots can have playoff implications. Three years after Spygate though? That to me is a bit delusional.