Jimmy Johnson: Howard Mudd 'Was the Best in the Entire League at Stealing Signals'
And Johnson reiterated his previous statement that he believes what the Patriots did -- violating NFL rules by videotaping the opposing coaches' signals -- is commonplace. Johnson also said he did it himself.
Specifically, Johnson said Howard Mudd, the Colts' offensive line coach, "was the best in the entire league at stealing signals" when Mudd was an assistant to Marty Schottenheimer with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1989 to 1992.
Johnson and Patriots coach Bill Belichick are buddies -- Johnson says during the interview that the two of them go fishing together every off-season -- so it's no surprise that Johnson would try to minimize Belichick's transgressions. But it is a surprise that Johnson would name Mudd specifically. Johnson didn't claim that Mudd still does it, but the accusation is now out there, and Mudd will be asked to respond.
Hat tip: Pro Football Talk.