get ready for a full season of this pic.twitter.com/6KHNbCb7p4
— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) September 11, 2015
Ok, first, this is hilarious. What are the odds that after ESPN released an article specifically about the Patriots and their supposed criminal ways, the Steelers would have problems with their headsets only several days later? What’s even better is the Steelers’ coaches were hearing the Patriots’ radio broadcast.
Can’t make this stuff up.
If you haven’t read ESPN’s crazy, incriminating report, it’s definitely worth the read. About half way through the article, authors Don Van Natta Jr and Seth Wickersham note that opposing team’s headsets mysteriously seem to poorly work at Gillette.
“At Gillette Stadium, the scrambling and jamming of the opponents’ coach-to-quarterback radio line — “small s—” that many teams do, according to a former Pats assistant coach — occurred so often that one team asked a league official to sit in the coaches’ box during the game and wait for it to happen. Sure enough, on a key third down, the headset went out.”
Tomlin was upset post game, reiterating exactly what the report said. However, the NFL finally rebuked the budding controversy.
““In the first quarter of tonight’s game, the Pittsburgh coaches experienced interference in their headsets caused by a stadium power infrastructure issue, which was exacerbated by the inclement weather. The coaches’ communications equipment, including the headsets, is provided by the NFL for both clubs use on game day. Once the power issue was addressed, the equipment functioned properly with no additional issues.”