According to former Colts head coach Tony Dungy, perhaps one of the reasons for Manning’s struggles was the idea that he wasn’t alone in the visitor’s locker room at Gillette Stadium.
Dungy talked about Manning’s concerns during the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday when the discussion turned to a piece written by Peter King of MMQB back in 2010.
Evidently, Manning ventured out of the visitor’s locker room at Gillette Stadium when important matters of strategy popped up during his time as a Colt. Manning thought there was a chance that the Patriots bugged the visitor’s locker room in an attempt to gain an extra advantage.
Dungy confirmed King’s report on Manning’s suspicions:
“That is very true,” Dungy said with a chuckle. “As Peyton talked to guys who played for the Patriots and some of the guys who came over [to the Colts], whether it is true or not, he treated it as true and we didn’t have a lot of strategy discussed inside the locker room [at Gillette Stadium].”
Soon after Dungy’s comments hit social media, fans started to go after the former Colts head coach. Dungy attempted to diffuse the controversy by suggesting Manning’s thoughts were along the same lines as teams accusing the Colts of turning up the heat and pumping crowd noise into the RCA Dome.
Anyhow, here is what we know. If Manning headed out of the Colts locker room to discuss strategic points in a thought to conceal info from the Patriots, he failed pretty consistently on the field at Gillette Stadium.
Manning is 2-8 in Foxborough (2-5 as a Colt) and has lost four straight outings at Gillette Stadium including his three visits as a Bronco.
Whatever Manning thinks the Patriots are doing, his remedies are not helping.
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