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Dungy unaware Patriots taped Bucs signals

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February

Tony Dungy said he did not suspect Patriots coach Bill Belichick had ordered the taping the Bucs preseason game in 2000 or that the information was used in the regular-season opener weeks later.

Dungy    The Bucs won the game 21-16, sacking quarterback Drew Bledsoe six times and knocking him down 13 other occasions.

   Dungy, who has coached the Indianapolis Colts since 2002, said he later thought signals might have been stolen.

   "Not at that time, no, not in 2000,'' Dungy told the St. Petersburg Times Friday. "But later on.''

   The New York Times reported Friday that Belichick's pattern of illegally taping opponent's signals began with Belichick's coaching debut with the Patriots in a preseason game against the Bucs.

   "I really don't have a reaction,'' Dungy said. "We'll see if it's true. If it is, it'll be interesting to see how they got them and all that. It'll come out.''

   Belichick was fined $500,000 and the Patriots docked $250,000 and ordered to forfeit a first-round draft pick for illegally taping the New York Jets sidelines signals in the 2007 season opener.

   But new allegations have surfaced. The NFL is interested in talking to Matt Walsh, a former videographer for the Patriots who reportedly taped the St. Louis Rams' walk-through two days before beating the Rams 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI at New Orleans in 2002.

   Chiefs coach Herm Edwards, who coached the Bucs secondary in 2000, was surprised by charges that Belichick illegally taped the Bucs.

   "How about that?'' he said. "I'm going to leave it alone, man.''

   Edwards says he doesn't believe the Patriots' spying helped them win games.

   "We're chasing ghosts,'' he said. "What I want to know, let's say they find out whatever they're going to find out. What are you going to do? They're not giving the Super Bowl trophy back. They're not going to take their wins away. It didn't help them win. They had to go execute. They had to go play. We keep losing sight of that.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:57pm]

    

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