Tony Romo might be a bit naive.
At least when it comes to how much players and coaches involved in NFL games are aware of sports gambling.
A few weeks ago, the current CBS NFL analyst and broadcaster said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that NFL players “never” know the point spreads of games.
If that’s true, then why do so many players talk about how “nobody believed in us” right after a big win?
On Sunday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter added some credence to that point after his team’s surprising 48-40 over the New Orleans Saints.
The spread in that Saints-Bucs game was nine-and-a-half-point favorites in favor of New Orleans, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
Here’s Koetter talking to his team after the win about how they were a major underdog.
Yes, he is a coach, not a player. But if Koetter is aware of the spread, it’s probably safe to assume that at least a few players in his own locker room and around the league are, too.