The Eagles were so paranoid about the Patriots spying on their Super Bowl practices, they held a fake walkthrough at U.S. Bank Stadium before the game to throw off any potential espionage.
Philly long snapper Rick Lovato told a Tampa radio station this week the Eagles were super-secretive about plays they practiced, including the legendary “Philly Special,” just in case the Patriots were watching.
“We had run that play during a walk-through like two weeks ago,” Lovato told 620 WDAE, adding the Eagles did not practice certain plays on purpose because they were so paranoid.
“I believe our whole walk-through was just a complete fake walk-through,” he said. “We did it at the stadium. There were certain people walking around … I believe I overheard someone say a lot of the plays we were running weren’t even in the playbook for the Super Bowl.”
In 2008, the Boston Herald issued an apology for running a story that a Patriots staffer taped the Rams’ walkthrough a day before Super Bowl XXXVI amid Spygate hysteria.
To this day, players on the Eagles team that lost to the Pats in the Super Bowl XXXIX three years later also claim New England spied on them. True or not, the Eagles were not about to show any prying eyes what they had in store for the big game this year.
“We already had our game plan set all week for the last two weeks,” Lovato said. “We had two weeks to prepare for that game. A measly walk-through the day before the game, we weren’t going to show anything to anyone, especially being at the stadium.”
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