Here we go again!
Get ready for headsetgate thanks to the Steelers and the media, although for now the NFL is taking the blame.
Last night, during the broadcast, the announcers talked about the Steelers experiencing problems with their headset causing communication problems. The announcers also took time to say, it won’t help the view of the Patriots by people not of the fan base, before getting all of their facts.
Not long after those comments, they reported the Patriots were experiencing the same thing.
“We had a lot of problems,” Belichick said after the Patriots victory. “We had to switch microphones a couple times. Our communication system was not very good.”
Belichick added the officials almost shut the equipment off after the problems kept occurring for both teams.
“They told us they were on the verge of shutting it off, but then I guess they got it working,” Belichick said. “I don’t know, but it was a problem the whole game. We almost had to switch helmets with [Tom] Brady there at the end. Couldn’t get the plays into him. It was a problem all night.”
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was not happy after the game about the radio problem.
“We were listening to the Patriots‘ radio broadcast for the majority of the first half on our headset,” Tomlin said. He added, “always the case,” with things like this happening in Gillette Stadium, even though the headsets are provided by the NFL.
NFL spokesperson Michael Signora released a statement after the game on the issue.
“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,” Signora said. “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.”
The NFL took responsibility for the breakdown for both teams, but the Steelers will still file a complaint, according to Yahoo! Sports and ESPN.
The complaint will be about the equipment breakdown and the officials not turning the headsets off on both sidelines during the equipment breakdown.
The Patriots were not required to shut off their headsets during repairs because it was not a total system failure.
Big Ben didn’t think it was a big deal.
“There were a few plays that didn’t come in, but that happens. That’s nothing new. I didn’t think there were too many issues tonight with communication between (offensive coordinator) Todd (Haley) and myself,” Roethlisberger said.
Big Ben was more upset about the Patriots defensive formation that drew his offensive linemen offsides during a critical play for the Steelers in the fourth quarter, which led to a field goal.
It was 3rd and 1 for the Steelers on the one, and after a failed rush and pass attempt for touchdowns, they were flagged for a false start.
The Patriots shifted their defensive line just before the snap, causing the OL for the Steelers to move and the flag came out. Big Ben was visibly upset with the refs, after the call was made. It pushed the Steelers back to the 6 yard line, where the Pats held, and they were forced to take a field goal.
“In my years of playing, a defensive guy can’t bark stuff or move in the middle of a cadence. The ref said, ‘We didn’t go in the neutral zone,’ and I agree with him. I wasn’t arguing that part. I was arguing the fact that he shifted in the middle of a cadence, and I thought that there was a rule against it. Maybe there’s not — maybe it’s an unwritten rule — I don’t really know,” Big Ben said after the game last night.
He added the Patriots do that type of stuff on the goal line.
“So, that’s what I was more upset about. They do that. We saw it on film that the Patriots do that. They shift and slide and do stuff on the goal line, knowing that it’s an itchy trigger-finger-type down.”
Basically, the Pats found another loophole, according to the Steelers, but it’s within the rules, so really the Pats just outsmarted another team from the AFC North.
My advice for Patriots fans, buckle up, stuff like this will probably happen after every home game this season. The owners, coaches, and teams that will face the Patriots are NOT happy about Tom Brady playing the first four games of the season, and they believe the Pats are cheating, so expect the accusations from every team that loses to keep rolling in.