Steve Spagnuolo is often credited for crafting the blueprint to beat the Patriots in a Super Bowl. He was the defensive coordinator for the Giants when they beat the previously undefeated juggernaut in Super Bowl XLII.
Spagnuolo was a linebackers coach for the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX and said in a radio interview on Monday that he thought the Patriots were able to decipher Philadelphia’s play-calling during the game, Tom Rock of Newsday reports.
That was two years before Spygate with the Jets, when the Patriots were found guilty of stealing signals from the sideline in 2007, and three years after the Patriots allegedly filmed the Rams’ walk through before Super Bowl XXXVI.
“The biggest thing we learned was make sure you have two signal-callers, not one signal-caller,” he told Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic on Monday. “Because they may have all your signals.”
It wasn’t until after the Super Bowl game with the Eagles that Spagnuolo’s suspicion about the Patriots came forward.
“I remember through the course of the game [defensive coordinator Jim Johnson] saying, ‘They’re getting our signals. They know when we’re blitzing . . . Try to hide it, etc. etc,’ ” Spagnuolo said. “I remember distinctly thinking, ‘Jim I don’t think that’s true.’ Now I’m not saying this to him, because I don’t want to upset him. I’m saying it to myself. ‘I don’t think so, Jim. Just concentrate on calling the game.’ ’’
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