Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers created yet another media firestorm of ridiculous proportions to fall upon the New England Patriots after Thursday night’s regular season opener, pretty much accusing the Patriots of cheating right out of the gate to start the 2015 season.
What arrogance for a club that just emerged from the months-long Deflategate scandal to do this, right?
Not so fast my friends…
File under: Much ado about nothing (except the league’s terrible wireless communications systems).
Several NFL coaches were asked about the problem – a problem that exists in all NFL stadiums, not just Foxborough as Tomlin would make it seem, (per PFT):
“It’s a league problem. It’s wherever,” Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. “It will go out right in the middle and not just here or in New England or in San Francisco, but it could go out in a critical time.”
Cowboys’ Jason Garrett: “That’s certainly been a part of having to deal with game day situations, throughout my career as a player and a coach.”
Jets coach Todd Bowles: “It’s happened a bunch of other places. There have been times when the headsets have gone out, it wasn’t New England, I can’t remember the places we’ve had it, but we’ve had some of those headset problems.”
Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien: “It happened in Dallas, it happens here, it happens wherever I’ve been.”
Eagles’ Chip Kelly: “I’ve heard a lot of things on the headsets, I think there’s a lot of frequency issues some places. I’ve heard air traffic control and a lot of different things.”
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell: “It happens sometimes, sometimes there are quirks and technology is not always perfect. Things pop up. The problem is if you’re not prepared for it. If you’re not prepared for it, you’re going to have some issues.”