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Brad Childress says Patriots stole signals

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  October 26, 2010 09:47 AM

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Just in case you haven't seen the comments by Vikings coach Brad Childress that raised a few eyebrows yesterday, read below. The transcript is courtesy of the Vikings.

Childress referred to the Patriots as one of the all-time best at stealing signals at a press conference yesterday. He was referring to the Vikings-Patriots game in 2006, where the Patriots walked away with a 31-7 victory. Here are his comments from yesterday about that game.

"... I’m mindful of the last time we faced them here on Monday Night Football. It was like a surgical procedure. That’s back when we used to signal [plays] and things like that. I remember having a conversation with [then-defensive coordinator] Mike Tomlin about that. These were some of the all-time great signal stealers. In fact, that’s what was going on. They were holding, holding, holding. We were signaling from the sideline. They were good at it. It’s like stealing signals from a catcher."

Q: So when you were on defense, they were stealing signals and setting up their offense based on your signals?

"Yeah. Is it two, is it three? If you know that as a quarterback, that’s as good as you can do. And they did as good as they could do."

Q: They were stealing signals?

"No, I just had a notion. Having played them with the Eagles before that they were good [at stealing signals]. It’s something that we do as well. It’s good for one; it’s good for the other. We didn’t change it up. We didn’t use wristbands. We didn’t change the menu at halftime. They were good at that. Obviously you don’t need to give Tom [Brady] any added advantage."

Q: Was that before the radio?

"Before the defensive radio helmet, yes."

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady responded to the comments this morning on WEEI:

"We've been called a lot worse than that. That game was so long ago. They had a great defense and Mike Tomlin was the coordinator at the time. I remember us executing pretty well that night. I've heard different guys in the past say that. That's come and gone. That's not been a part of football here for a long time, and we've still won a lot of games. In '07, they changed the rule and so forth. I don't buy a whole lot into that. The team that's going to win this weekend is the team that plays better. I promise you that."

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