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Colts OC Pep Hamilton references ‘Spygate’ when asked about Patriots

01.09.14 at 11:14 pm ET

Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton took a thinly-veiled dig at the Patriots on Thursday in advance of Saturday’s New England-Indy playoff game.

Hamilton, who served as an assistant under Herm Edwards when Edwards was head coach of the Jets from 2003 to 2005, was asked about what it was like facing the Patriots back then. With a smile, he made what some perceived to be a reference to the videotaping scandal that dogged New England in 2007 and led to a $500,000 fine for head coach Bill Belichick.

“I do know for a fact that it was always a 60-minute chess match,” he said with a grin. “It was ever-changing looks and disguises — and they always tend to find ways to figure out some of your signals.”

Hamilton then proceeded to go out of his way to praise Belichick, calling him one of the “greatest coaches in the history of the National Football League.”

‘€œIt’€™s truly an honor to have an opportunity to field a team and compete against the likes of Coach Belichick,’€ he added.

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