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.
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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.