So apparently Peter King is telling people that Wade called the Pats' titles "tainted" by their videotaping incident. Wade denies it. I'm not saying it's not true, but this is not the kind of bulletin board material we need to be giving the Pats, whether or not Wade said it. I don't know that it will make a difference, since the Pats have a blood-feud attitude anyway, but I'm not happy about it.
As part of the latest episode of HBO's "Inside The NFL," reporter Peter King said "the league, the Patriots, everybody, they just want this Spygate thing to go away, but Wade Phillips this week told me something that I think a lot of coaches around the league and a lot of people around the league are still thinking, and that is, 'Hey, New England was caught cheating, and it is a black mark on their success.' "
King told ESPN's Ed Werder on Friday that he talked to Phillips by phone Tuesday night.
Phillips said he was not aware of King's remarks until a reporter told him.
"No, I didn't say that at all," Phillips told The Dallas Morning News after the Cowboys' Thursday practice. "I think they would have won no matter what. I don't know. I have no idea if it even helped them. But they were a great football team, well-coached. I don't see any way that they wouldn't have won what they did.
"I don't think that at all. I don't know why Peter would say that."