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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 03: Eric Dickerson speaks onstage during Leigh Steinberg Super Bowl Party 2018 on February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Leigh Steinberg )

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 03: Eric Dickerson speaks onstage during Leigh Steinberg Super Bowl Party 2018 on February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Leigh Steinberg )

It’s one thing for fans and talking heads who never played or coached in the NFL to decry the Patriots for “cheating”. For that same argument to come from actual players and coaches is borderline unacceptable.

But here we are. A couple of ex-Rams (shocker!) are out there calling the Patriots again. And neither of these guys even fell victim to the Patriots’ alleged “cheating” – they’re just circling the wagons for their former teams, and blatantly trolling New England in the process.

The newest one is Dick Vermeil, who coached the 1999 Rams (then in St. Louis) to a Super Bowl championship. He called into 610 Sports in Kansas City and was asked about the Chiefs finally winning a home playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium.

His response? “They’ve done it the right way. They haven’t been accused of cheating!”

Couple him with Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson, who played four All-Pro seasons for the Rams. He’s looking to make a name for himself as a media person now, so naturally he’s going right to the Patriots’ alleged cheating against the Rams before Super Bowl XXXVI. He’s likely referring to the Boston Herald story that was eventually retracted and proven false. That erroneous report obviously continues to haunt New England, and Dickerson did his best to perpetuate it on FOX Sports 1’s Undisputed.

“I’ll say this to all the Boston fans, because I watch them on social media, they’re after me – we want a rematch,” Dickerson says. “We want them back again. Because they cheated us. They cheated us. They know they cheated us back in New Orleans. They watched our film. So we want some more of them.”

Dickerson and Vermeil join Marshall Faulk (at least he actually played in that Super Bowl!) on the list of former Rams who are still referring to a Spygate story that was retracted. It’s embarrassing, but not surprising, that these takes are still fired out there on national media outlets.

And it’s not that nothing has ever happened with the Patriots. They’ve been punished for violating rules. There’s no getting around that. But to bring up this same story with the Rams is to show A) a blatant disregarding or misunderstanding of history, or B) a shameless attempt to antagonize Patriots fans into giving you attention. Dickerson’s take is especially unseemly.

Super Bowl LIII could very well be a Patriots-Rams rematch. So get ready for two more weeks of this nonsense if it does happen.

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