Patriots fans are going to love this. It turns out the team that sparked Deflategate, the Indianapolis Colts, also happened to be engaging in a little rule-bending of their own. At least according to former Colts OT Tarik Glenn.
Peyton Manning’s old blindside protector told the Indy Star that during Manning’s rookie season, offensive line coach Howard Mudd had the line wearing hearing aids to help drown out crowd noise on the road.
Via the Indy Star:
“We were playing on the road, it might have been Peyton’s rookie year, and it was really loud,” Glenn said. “Peyton hadn’t mastered the silent count, so (former offensive line coach) Howard Mudd had us wearing these hearing aids that were supposed to muffle the crowd while projecting the quarterback’s voice.
“Peyton said, ‘Hike,’ and I didn’t hear him. Everybody moved and I was still on the line of scrimmage. My man ran right by me. I turned around and yelled to Peyton, ‘Watch out!’. He didn’t hear me and he got sacked. When I got back to the huddle, I told him I had yelled. He said, ‘You couldn’t hear me, so what makes you think I could hear you?’ I thought that was pretty funny. Peyton didn’t think it was that funny at the time, but we laugh about it today.”
Using an unauthorized communication device is obviously illegal, and you have to wonder how long after Manning’s rookie year the system was used.
SOURCE: Steven Ruiz
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