NFL on Headsetgate: When there are issues, we do a thorough review

AP

The NFL says it will review what happened with the headsets during Thursday night’s game in New England, but the league is reiterating that the Patriots did not provide the communications devices that malfunctioned.

“The coaches’ communications equipment, including the headsets, is provided by the NFL for both clubs use on game day,” the league said in a statement this morning. “The home team is responsible for the installation and maintenance of that equipment. Every team’s game day communications personnel are required to work with the NFL communications consultants to ensure wireless equipment is free and clear of interference and address any problems. Technological and stadium infrastructure issues of this type happen at many stadiums around the league and whenever there are issues of this nature, we do a thorough review.”

It’s unclear what kind of “thorough review” the NFL will conduct. Surely, the league won’t hire Ted Wells to conduct another months-long investigation, as the last time Wells conducted a months-long investigation of the Patriots, it resulted in Tom Brady beating the league in court.

But the NFL does need to address the matter more thoroughly. Although the league seems to be saying that the Patriots aren’t to blame for any communications problems, multiple teams have suspected the Patriots of tampering with their headsets at Gillette Stadium. The league needs to spend some time looking into what has happened, and then spend some money on better communications devices so there are no further malfunctions.

202 responses to “NFL on Headsetgate: When there are issues, we do a thorough review

  1. The headsets did not malfunction. They were interfered with. Why is this so hard to understand. They were JAMMED.

  2. The Patriots are involved in almost every single sports scandal there is.

    There has to be a point where the whole needs just needs to get suspended for the year to learn it’s lesson.

    Get some integrity New England.

    This makes me even more emamored on how lucky I am to be a fan of the classiest organization in sports, the historic Minnesota Vikings.

  3. The home team is responsible for the installation and maintenance of that equipment…………there, you can put that to rest for all the Patriot fans crying about the NFL controls the headsets. Yes, they do, but they are not responsible for them working properly. How much longer is the dirt going to continue around this team. Cheating organization from top to bottom and it all starts with Ernie and Bill.

  4. There has been a tremendous amount of sour grapes after the Steelers lost that game last night. It’s behavior (losing, then claiming the other person must have cheated) not fitting for children let alone grown men.

  5. Lets not have any common sense here, lets just blame the Patriots its more fun, it gets a bazillion more web clicks and it panders to the hatred that has been leveled at this team for a long time.

    The bray for blood continues…

  6. The haters are feeling very butt hurt today. Last night they were supposed to be proven correct. And it was a perfect setup. A night game in the pouring rain. The Patriots were supposed to fumble over and over. Brady was supposed toss numerous interceptions due to his inability to hold and throw the fully inflated ball. And yet he was lights out. 19 straight completions…4 TDs. 79% completion percentage and a 145 QB rating.

    Yes….the haters are feeling butt-hurt this morning.

  7. Pittsburgh whining about this is as bad as my teenager screaming bloody murder from the basement because the internet went down when he was playing WOW. You know what? Simmer down, realize technology is fallible and have a back up plan.

  8. ” Although the league seems to be saying that the Patriots aren’t to blame for any communications problems”
    —–
    That is not at all what the league is saying. The league is saying that they provided the equipment. They are not saying that the issues did not happen as a result of the Patriots’ installation and maintenance of the equipment.

    (Note: I am a Patriots season ticket holder)

  9. Perhaps someone needs to detail exactly how the headsets operate — but it certainly would not be difficult to cause interference at will externally by broadcasting externally (or not) something on the same frequency the headsets are operating on — much as one radio station can bleed into another one if you are right between the two towers on the road. Official on the sidelines — turn off the interference. This is why wireless devices for, say, guitars and microphones, have channels that you can change to until you find a clean frequency that nothing’s interfering on. If they are Bluetooth devices that may not be the case — but nonetheless, if you can figure out what frequency something is operating on, you can mess with it at will.

  10. “The home team is responsible for the installation and maintenance of that equipment.”

    I guess the Patriots fans will stop blaming the NFL now? HA! Just kidding. Cheaters always cheat.

  11. “The headsets did not malfunction. They were interfered with. Why is this so hard to understand. They were JAMMED.”

    Ah, yes. Thank you inspector Gomez. I appreciate your fast turnaround on this.

  12. Memo to the league: there will never be parity so long as Belichick is in it. He is too good. Take away his draft picks, his radios, his play books, and make him play with undrafted guys against teams that violate the cap and tank entire seasons to load up talent. It won’t matter. When he keeps winning, as he had for years, and the crying coaches line up outside the league office again, what will be your excuse?

  13. It says right there, plainly, that the home team is responsible for the infrastructure, which clearly was the issue here. All the people trumpeting that all communication is provided by the NFL and therefore the Patriots had nothing to do with it are wrong.

    The Patriots absolutely have the ability to tamper with their internal infrastructure. The long history of teams specifically having trouble in Foxboro would lead one to conclude that the Patriots are involved in these issues.

  14. Lol @ all those Patsy fans this morning screaming that the NFL handles all the headset communications so the team couldn’t have possibly caused this.

    Why doesn’t this happen nearly as often with other teams? The answer is right in front of your face but you choose to ignore it time after time after time after time.

  15. It’s sad that after all that has happened the Patriots could not make it through the first quarter of the season without cheating. BB needs help.

  16. Deflator means you are losing weight

    All celebrities destroy cell phones

    Balls deflate because Gronk spikes them so hard

    There was no rule saying we couldn’t film hand signals at the time

    The NFL provides the communications equipment (and ignore that the home team installs it)

    No one does excuses quite like metro Boston.

  17. Perhaps it was Zolak who called the 10 man defense and the defensive alignment where you don’t cover Gronk. And yes, I suspect he subliminally chanted in Tomlin’s ear to cause him to mismanage the clock twice.

  18. Will any mediot report that New England had headset issues last night as well?
    Of course not.
    Here’s a quote then.
    Bill Belichick: “We had a lot of problems. We had to switch headphones a couple of times. The communication system was not very good. We deal[​IMG] with that it seems like weekly. They told us that they were on the verge of shutting it off, but I guess they got it working. … Tom [Brady] almost had to switch helmets near the end, we couldn’t get the plays into him.”
    Belichick reiterated: “It was a problem all night.”

  19. Even the NFL is saying the pats didn’t do anything! Is it not possible its climate related? Or the gear sucks? Not everything that happens to one of the other 31 teams is the result of the patriots cheating

  20. “But the NFL does need to address the matter more thoroughly. Although the league seems to be saying that the Patriots aren’t to blame for any communications problems, multiple teams have suspected the Patriots of tampering with their headsets at Gillette Stadium.”

    Why does the NFL need to address the matter more thoroughly? Just because whiner teams and loser fans cry foul? No, there’s no need for a $5 mil investigation every time a team wants to make an excuse for why they lost to the Pats. Whiners keep whining and the winners will keep winning, your tears are delicious!

  21. This is an organization that – from stem to stern – did not know that air pressure changed in different temperatures. And they are in charge of sophisticated communication equipment? Probably just Mike Kensil trying to pick up Sirius radio during the warmups.

  22. thebifforacle says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:27 AM

    Well, if there are reviews after every incident, there must be a stockpile of reviews of issues at Foxboro somewhere.

    — 5 times in 10 years is a stockpile?

    OK…

  23. Ah ha! The home team is responsible for the installation and maintenance. On the Dan Patrick, they were saying clearly the Patriots had nothing to do with it, that it is just convenient to assume they did.

    Bill Belichick tried his best to show a little outrage at the communications problems but you could tell he was suppressing some underlying glee.

    I think this was classic Patriots home field advantage. and… was deliberate.

  24. So the NFL put the kibosh on this latest propaganda/conspiracy piece and thousands of people choose to run with it anyways.

    See a pattern here?

    Kind of makes all of the other trivial and flimsy claims against the Patriots look that much more silly.

    Tell me who’s delusional again?

  25. As a Steelers fan, I’m embarrassed by the hoopla Tomlin and the team are making over the headset drama. This kind of stuff was once called gamesmanship, and every team is guilty of it on some level. Parcells used to regularly order the doors opened on the windy side of the old Giants Stadium whenever the visitor was playing on that end of the field.

    If one team’s headset isn’t working, the other team’s is turned off–putting both teams at equal disadvantage. If this was repeatedly happening, surely the NFL could wise up and turn off both teams’ headsets. If not, blame the incompetence of the NFL under Goodell’s administration.

    Our young secondary struggled against the Pats’ passing game. Heyward-Bey positioned himself too far to the edge of the end zone on what should have been an easy TD pass. Our kicker couldn’t kick straight. These are not headset issues. The Pats annoy the heck out of me. But nothing is more annoying than your team whining after a loss.

  26. thepftpoet says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:21 AM
    The Patriots are involved in almost every single sports scandal there is.

    There has to be a point where the whole needs just needs to get suspended for the year to learn it’s lesson.

    Get some integrity New England.

    This makes me even more emamored on how lucky I am to be a fan of the classiest organization in sports, the historic Minnesota Vikings.

    —————————————–

    Actually these type of things happen all the time in the NFL. It just seems like the Patriots are always involved because it only becomes a BIG DEAL when it’s the Patriots that are involved.

  27. “The league needs to spend some time looking into what has happened, and then spend some money on better communications devices so there are no further malfunctions.”

    looks like BOSE is out of a contract soon. Musicians use wireless technology all the time, they don’t use BOSE because it is garbage.

  28. ALL WE DO IS WIN WIN WIN NO MATTER WHAT

    #crygate

    if I was a steelers fan I would be pretty disgusted with this.. especially considering the nfl took the blame… absolutely disgusted

  29. Real men never whine or make excuses and they certainly don’t let their opponents think they got the upper hand on them by cheating.

  30. Hypothetically lets say the Patriots are habitual cheaters, just like the absolute worse. Now would they really cheat in the first game of the season when all eyes are on them coming off an alleged cheating scandal?

    When the heat is highest, I really doubt they would. If they did, Belichick’s balls aren’t deflated, they are so over inflated they are about to burst lol.

  31. So the Pats tampered with the radio frequency level to affect their own headsets as well? Yeah that makes perfect sense, lets all pretend like Belichick in his post game interview also stated that the Pats were having problems with their headsets too. On a different note, how many teams have accused Indy of pumping in crowd noise at their stadium?

  32. Professional football is a MAN’S game.

    There is no place for flimsy cheating accusations after you’ve been thoroughly manhandled by your opponent.

    For those of you that love to scream cheat cheat cheat … go follow soccer or something soft that’s more up your alley.

  33. Steelers need to be more worried about their D, looked terrible last night. Things like the headsets have been happening for a very long time for a lot of teams tho. The bucs also had this rep for headsets going out, the Seahawks and falcons piping in crowd noise,etc. the one you could prove without a doubt tho was when the Giants used to open those large stadium doors above the end zone seats when ever the opposing team was about to kick a field goal or start a drive in that direction on sunny days. Coincidentally Bill was on those giants coaching staff.

  34. Mike Tomlin….tripped up. Jhcarrollfov2015 for the win.

    Again, the NFL supplies the headsets because it has their brand on it. The base stations, internal wiring–all of that belongs to the facility and is operated by its staff. Some of its wired, some of its wireless, all of it gets its signals from the booth. Period. Not saying anyone cheated, who knows? I dont. But the Pats fans yelling about this being on the NFL (who they mistakenly claim owns and manages ALL the communication equipment), proves once again, they parrot the nonsense they pick pick up from others, without having any knowledge of any kind on that actual subject. Like with Spygate, Deflategate and Crybabygate.

  35. Why is this a gate? Also at one point it seems clearly evident that Brady was having trouble with communicating and getting a play in when he taps on his helmet. Might be when they shut off the whole system. This happens in every stadium. The most telling thing about last night was Big Ben complaining about he pats shifting on the line at the goal line. So one time (first TD) it hurt them cause back hit the gap the shift created, and second time (btw this is legal) you false started. So relax a bit.

  36. “It says right there, plainly, that the home team is responsible for the infrastructure, which clearly was the issue here.”

    Okie dokie. Will there then be “Turfgate” for the disaster that is Heinz Field or Levi Stadium?

  37. When one team cheats then others follow. Then just the coaches that cheat are the ones who survive and next thing you know you have a league full of cheaters. Good job doing your job Bill.

  38. Straight from the dictionary:

    cheat (chēt)
    v. cheat·ed, cheat·ing, cheats
    v.tr.
    1. To deceive by trickery; swindle:
    2. To deprive by trickery; defraud:
    3. Also see New England Patriots*:

  39. mjdkid100 says:

    thebifforacle says:

    Well, if there are reviews after every incident, there must be a stockpile of reviews of issues at Foxboro somewhere.

    — 5 times in 10 years is a stockpile.

    —————————————————–

    Only 5 mentioned in this article. Don’t hold your breath that the number doesn’t grow.

  40. “Although the league seems to be saying that the Patriots aren’t to blame for any communications problems, multiple teams have suspected the Patriots of tampering with their headsets at Gillette Stadium.”

    Uh…because multiple teams are paranoid simpletons trying to use technology they don’t understand as an excuse for why they are not good at their jobs?

  41. They will look into the Steelers stadium headset malfunction too and check all the other teams.

    The complain only surface if it involves the Patriots. The Jets did not complain against the Steelers.

    But… We are the Patriots. Everything is a big deal.

  42. þatfromwayba€k says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:22 AM

    But somehow this will still be the “cheating” Patriots doing something shifty once again …makes you wonder if the NFL doesn’t have it out for the Patriots…
    —–
    Get used to it. When I was a kid, my grandparents lived in Pittsburgh. All I ever heard was how Pete Rose was a DIRTY PLAYER. Then it was the Cowboys that were cheaters, or sometimes the Raiders.

    Later in Life, the Yankees were the dirtiest team in Baseball, and my beloved Red Wings were referred to as “The Yankees of the NHL during their cup years prior to the salary cap.

    The theory I have adopted is that people see through the home-team’s eyes, and that vision tends to take on a “homer-ish” slant. It’s very common. Nobody can crack the Pats armor with Belichick and Brady, so they must be dirty.

    Is it really odd that a dome team like Indy accused the Pats of deflating the balls? Not when their balls are always at the same temperature for the entire game, and they annually travel to Foxboro to play in the cold weather. They don’t experience the cold (or it’s effects) very often, and it is usually in new England.

    Every stadium has a different structure, and a different level of technology that went into the building when built. They all have tons of electronics running on game day, and interference is different at each venue. I can’t wait to see how this “thorough review” turns out.

    Keep in mind Troy Vincent’s testimony before Judge Berman: “We never considered the effects of cold on the air in the footballs.” These are football guys, not electrical engineers or scientists. My guess is that there are a lot of issues they have no idea about on game day. That is what happens when the operating procedure is “doing it the way we have always done.”

  43. This is the problem with the NFL. It’s a billion dollar business, worrying about the “integrity” of the game, and they have no procedures in place to keep track of footballs and their inflation, pre game…and they allow a home team, that is in direct competition that day, to be in charge of installing and maintaining the visiting teams communication equipment…does that seem like a good idea?? Integrity of the game, should involve the NFL minimizing as many chances to gain a competitive advantage by cutting corners as possible. The NFL proves to be stupid, over and over. You’re a multi billion dollar business, act like it, and put in some controls, and standard operating procedures, you look like a peewee football board.

  44. “The coaches’ communications equipment, including the headsets, is provided by the NFL for both clubs use on game day,” the league said in a statement this morning. “The home team is responsible for the installation and maintenance of that equipment.

    ******************************************

    Belichick has had a moonlighting CIA communications technician on the payroll for years.

    But, that’s just sheer coincidence. Besides, all the other teams do it too. Plus, you can’t prove the CIA technician did anything wrong.

    There… all Patri*t defense arguments have been documented… Please carry on with the discussion.

  45. Can’t wait to till the Ravens destroy the Pats in the playoffs. Steelers D is horrible and they still almost won.

  46. LOL, love it. Belichick loves messing with all of you. And I love reading all the butt hurt comments. Makes my morning coffee taste sooooooooooo goooooooddddddddddd!

  47. Reasons the Steelers Lost:

    A. Bill had his weather machine going so it rained more when the Steelers had the ball

    B. He also used said weather machine to have increased wind speeds when Scobee was missing field goals

    C. Gronk was wearing his invisibility cloak so the Steelers couldn’t cover him

    D. Bill raised his invisible force field so the Steelers couldn’t get in the end zone

    E. The Steelers players were slipping all over the place as a result of Tomlin’s tears.

    F. Bill and his henchmen clogged the visiting team’s locker room toilets so no Steelers’ player could properly relieve themselves prior to the start of the game.

  48. I can’t stand it I know you planned it
    But I’m gonna set it straight, this Headsetgate
    I can’t stand rocking when I’m in here
    Because your crystal ball ain’t so crystal clear

  49. the patriots have no shame. they blatantly cheat and dont care if they get caught. they have so many cheating scandals , i have no doubt that all their super bowls are tainted. facts are facts. truth hurts.

  50. “thorough”, thats funny. The steelers website said whenever an nfl official came to their sideline to check the head sets they started working again. Thats about as ‘thorough’ as the investigation goes. Funny how 19 teams take specific measures ONLY against the patriots because they know they cheat, and pats fans say its b/c the pats are good. Well the packers and seahawks are SB favorites every year, denver and colts are perennial winners and playoff locks, Giants have 2 recent SB wins as do the steelers. All these great teams, and NO ONE has to take specific measure to make sure these teams dont cheat. But yea, its just cuz the patriots are good lol. I guess the idiots on their couches on Sunday know more than NFL head coaches, owners and franchises.

  51. Just turn the headsets off and use the same hand signals that you have in years past (so that the Patriots can easily know what play you will run).

  52. argh88 says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:23 AM
    There has been a tremendous amount of sour grapes after the Steelers lost that game last night. It’s behavior (losing, then claiming the other person must have cheated) not fitting for children let alone grown men.

    _______________

    Stop about sour grapes. I could care less who won or lost last night. The fact the pats keep cheating is disturbing. The NFL better hire the best damn independant investigator and make sure there is no prior NFL relationship like there was with Wells.

  53. Why don’t they just have a hard wired headset available as a backup option? Remember the days when some guy would follow the coach around with several hundred feet of wire? It’s amazing the NFL can’t control the finer details necessary to ensure a fair game. They should take charge of the footballs, headsets, scoreboards, clocks, lighting, etc.

  54. It’s easy to mess with them.
    Get your IT guys to scan the frequencies, figure out which is yours, then broadcast or jam the other one.
    Damn, I wish my Vikings could cheat and win 4 Superbowls!

  55. billswillnevermove says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:23 AM

    The home team is responsible for the installation and maintenance of that equipment…………there, you can put that to rest for all the Patriot fans crying about the NFL controls the headsets. Yes, they do, but they are not responsible for them working properly. How much longer is the dirt going to continue around this team. Cheating organization from top to bottom and it all starts with Ernie and Bill.
    _____________________

    “Every team’s game day communications personnel are required to work with the NFL communications consultants to ensure wireless equipment is free and clear of interference and address any problems. Technological and stadium infrastructure issues of this type happen at many stadiums around the league”

    So explain again how the NFL isn’t overseeing the radio communications because I’m pretty sure it’s right there in black and white. It must be fun picking and choosing which statements to ignore and which to run with as evidence of a giant conspiracy.

  56. Excuse me! But the Steelers lost mostly because of bad coaching IMO.

    They couldn’t line up all night long.

    The Pats at times were using 4 tight end sets. Steelers had no answer to this situation…

    At one time the Steelers only had ten players on the field.

    They don’t have a field goal kicker ( cost them six points)

    Their coach is yelling headsets to take the heat off himself..

  57. The home team is responsible for the installation and maintenance of that equipment…………there, you can put that to rest for all the Patriot fans crying about the NFL controls the headsets. Yes, they do, but they are not responsible for them working properly. How much longer is the dirt going to continue around this team. Cheating organization from top to bottom and it all starts with Ernie and Bill.

    ————————————————————

    Can you people read?

    Every team’s game day communications personnel are required to work with the NFL communications consultants to ensure wireless equipment is free and clear of interference and address any problems.

  58. .
    With the Steelers down 28-14 with three minutes left in the game, the Patriots received a holding penalty on a touchbacked punt.

    Instead of making the Patriots resnap in a driving rain and rekick to the ever dangerous, Antonio Brown, TOMLIN TOOK THE TEN YARDS!

    He moved the ball from his own 20 to his own 30 at a time when the Pats DBs were conceding yards by playing 6-7 yards off the line.
    .

  59. letsr23 says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:22 AM
    Installation and maintenance are in the hands of the Patriots as per that statement.

    Headset gate now has ammunition.

    Except……

    “Every team’s game day communications personnel are required to work with the NFL communications consultants to ensure wireless equipment is free and clear of interference and address any problems. Technological and stadium infrastructure issues of this type happen at many stadiums around the league and whenever there are issues of this nature, we do a thorough review.”

  60. As long as people believe that lodging a legitimate complaint about malfunctioning wireless headsets is nothing more than sour grapes by the losing team, real problems regarding the cause of the problem will not be resolved.

    Win or lose to the Pats, there seems to be a jammer on the loose in Gillette Stadium (and other venues). That, or gremlins.

    That the NFL claims to be “thoroughly investigating”, well, I hate when coffee come through my nose this early in the morning.

  61. Why are we even talking about this? The NFL admitted the problem is on their end and this issue happens at EVERY NFL stadium including Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Only a conspiracy theorist or a jealous Patriots hater would say at this point that the Patriots had anything to do with this. I’m sure with the spotlight shined on them on opening night on national TV that the Patriots would try something nefarious. That’s about as believable as Donald Trump becoming President. There is nothing to see here. Can we move along and talk about the actual game and how the Steelers got their butts whipped??

  62. Yes the Patriots installed the equipment THAT THE NFL GAVE THEM TO INSTALL! Google NFL communications during football games to find out what the NFL does before and during games with the communications situation. They control and issue the frequencies that everyone needs to operate on. They also monitor those frequencies to make sure everything is okay. They look for interference with those frequencies and take action to stop said interference. Now I know that the haters out there have no desire to know the truth about these things but just once, once look into the facts about things before going all stupid on yourselves.

  63. I’d like to see one report by a good team that actually beat the Patriots in Foxboro claiming that the Pats interfered with their communications. If the Patriots were going to try and jam communications, doesn’t it seem logical that they would do it when they needed help – i.e. when losing a game against a good team? Did Rex Ryan report comms issues when the Jets spanked the Patriots in the playoffs a few years back? THAT would have been a good game to mess with the opponents comms! Detroit? Jacksonville? Please.

  64. kickinpuppies says:Wow they can’t even go ten minutes into the season without cheating.
    ………..
    well said. the patriots are a joke and an embarrassment for the NFL. they have no integrity and no class.

  65. The headsets were screwed up because the officials had two un-calibrated air pressure gauges left over from last years AFC participation game.

    I’m sure I’m right on this. LOL

  66. gomez163 says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:20 AM

    The headsets did not malfunction. They were interfered with. Why is this so hard to understand. They were JAMMED.
    ————————————
    They are designed so that NO interference happens as there is a lot of radio frequency in a stadium and the area. That’s the problem. Not sure what ‘jammed’ means, but the P*ts could have done something, but probably didn’t….

  67. lunar2013 says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:34 AM

    “The league needs to spend some time looking into what has happened, and then spend some money on better communications devices so there are no further malfunctions.”

    looks like BOSE is out of a contract soon. Musicians use wireless technology all the time, they don’t use BOSE because it is garbage.
    =========================
    Sennheiser or even Shure make superior products. They don’t waste the money that Bose does on advertising.

  68. Every week something new. Tune in next week when the The Hoodie eats Rex Ryan’s lunch while Josh Mcdaniel’s steals the Buffalo HC’s one page playbook. Promptly returning it out of sheer disbelief and pity. ‘That’s not a very sharp bunch of tacks up here, they really need that out route’, exclaims the esteemed NE OC.

  69. right….wasn’t this guy Tomlin the coach that stepped in the way of a clear TD return vs Ravens…yeah, you didn’t see jacoby that time….cheater/liar…hypocrite….

  70. Hand Signals: Spygate put an end to that
    Helmet Signals: current ‘…gate’ may put an end to that

    What’s left to communicate intent to players? Telecommunication via Kreskin? How about a quarterback who can call his own plays and a middle linebacker who can do the same?

    Football, once a manly game about moving an animal-skin object against resistance has become so microscopically examined that it teaches and entertains less and less. There’s more about the losing than there is about the effort and the winning. Maybe Belichick has a tech draft nobody else knows about, and he employs shadow people to upset the presumed equalities placed out on gridirons.

    You haters gonna hate.

  71. diehardgiantsfan says:
    Sep 8, 2015 10:29 AM
    It’s only Pats fans who think they have a dynasty. Belicheat hires 3 men to come up with ways to cheat so they cheat 100 ways every week to beat the 2 win Jags and brag. The players don’t have a choice. They’re all tarnished. You guys keep forgetting what you’re not getting caught at. Belicheat needed to cheat because he had the worst QB and roster ever.

    I celebrate real successful franchises. Not fake ones. I don’t hate untarnished real winners.

    Packers 13
    Bears 9
    Giants 8
    Steelers 6
    Niners 5
    Cowboys 5
    There’s a bunch with 4, 3, 2, and 1 without cheating.

    **** puts the Pats at -4. That’s what the Pats fans call the greatest dynasty ever when every other NFL team has a classier tesm to root for. They won 0 without the greatest cheating coach in NFL history.

  72. chris mortensen of bspn is reporting that the nfl has listened to the headset communications between the steeler coaches,and after filtering out back ground noises,they could distincly hear subliminal messages repeating over and over “dont cover gronk…dont cover gronk…dont cover gronk…

  73. I’m embarassed to these whining losers.

    The communications is wireless. It’s not routed through the patriots “infrastructure”. The pats probably provide an electrical outlet to plug things in. Is that cheating?

    The NFL communications are encrypted with an “NSA level of encryption”, or so they say. The frequencies shift around all the time. To make it impossible to tap it.

    Losers. Pathetic.

  74. I assume the headset issues caused two missed field goals, penalties at awful times, not recovering a fumble with three of your guys closest to the ball, and leaving Gronkowski unguarded most of the night.

    Shame on the Patriots for making those things happen.

  75. billswillnevermove says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:23 AM

    The home team is responsible for the installation and maintenance of that equipment…………there, you can put that to rest for all the Patriot fans crying about the NFL controls the headsets. Yes, they do, but they are not responsible for them working properly. How much longer is the dirt going to continue around this team. Cheating organization from top to bottom and it all starts with Ernie and Bill.
    ——————————————————–
    “The coaches’ communications equipment, including the headsets, is provided by the NFL for both clubs use on game day,” the league said in a statement this morning. “The home team is responsible for the installation and maintenance of that equipment. Every team’s game day communications personnel are required to work with the NFL communications consultants to ensure wireless equipment is free and clear of interference and address any problems. Technological and stadium infrastructure issues of this type happen at many stadiums around the league and whenever there are issues of this nature, we do a thorough review.”
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    I posted the statement again so you and all the others who can’t comprehend what you read can have another chance. Pay special attention to this line: “Every team’s game day communications personnel are required to work with the NFL communications consultants to ensure wireless equipment is free and clear of interference and address any problems.” See where it says WORK WITH NFL communication consultants to ENSURE ………is free and clear of any interference and address any problems”? Yeah, it’s the NFL who has control over the system. If there was, and there was interference on both sides of the field it was squarely on the NFL’s communications consultants to fix it. Period, end of story. But no. Like .2 pounds of air pressure became a federal case this too will be magnified beyond any sane sense to idiotic proportions. Every week will bring some new “claim” by the team who loses to the Patriots. It is such a cowardly way to divert attention from gawd awful game planning and execution as exhibited by Timlins team. I realize this is like raking leaves into the wind, useless, but the lack of accountability exhibited by today’s head coaches borders on laughable.

  76. dave399 says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:37 AM

    Professional football is a MAN’S game.

    There is no place for flimsy cheating accusations after you’ve been thoroughly manhandled by your opponent.

    For those of you that love to scream cheat cheat cheat … go follow soccer or something soft that’s more up your alley.
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    Not sure what game you were watching but no one got ‘manhandled’ last night. I don’t like either team, but if the Steelers clean up about 3-4 plays they win. And I’m not even talking about forgetting to cover Gronk. Watch the game, there’s plenty of info there…..

  77. Oh Please who said it’s an advantage to the Patriots is an idiot. The NFL hands out the Headsets, they manage the headsets and if they don’t work for one team, they headsets get automatically shut off for the other team… There was no advantage … Stop frecken crying foul when no harm was done…

    Sick of you cry babies !!!! Let me guess the next thing your going to complain about is that the out of bounds line in the end zone is 2 inches wider than on the rest of the field and that’s why the touchdown didn’t count… Did we tell you guys not to cover Gronkowski on the far side, or to only send ten players out on the field. How about the shift which gave the Steelers a touchdown because IF the Patriots didn’t shift that play would have been stuffed at the line? STOP CRYING you got beat !!!! Suck it up and move on…

  78. Seems like it’d be pretty easy to use a signal booster for the radio station. Turn it on and off whenever you want to, if you control the POWER to the INFRASTRUCTURE.

  79. Hahahahahahahahahaha all u can do is laugh. I bet tomlin and the steelers should be more concerned with the black helicopters following them.

    When will ted wells investigate thr 150,000 worth of steroids and hgh the steelers team doctor got caught with

  80. Everyone get a grip. Do you really think that after what the Pats/Brady just went through with deflategate that in the very first quarter of the very first NFL game of the season watched by who knows how many millions that they would do something like this intentionally? Knowing that the results would be exactly what we are getting? More cries of cheating?
    I think not. I chalk this one up to bad luck and bad timing for a technical glitch to occur.

  81. daytonaken says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:55 AM
    Whatever happened to sportsmanship? I’m starting to become ill.
    ________________

    The Patsies* are unfamiliar with that word.
    Long Live The *!

  82. At the end of it all … the Steelers put up around 500 yds of offense and only came away with 21pts (7 in garbage time). Use all the excuses in the world, at the end of it it’s a matter of executing.

    Tomlin you mad bro ?

  83. So….The Patriots didn’t fumble a dozen times and Brady had a 145 passer rating with fully inflated footballs.

    Patriot Hater sure is ANGRY today 🙂 I wonder why?

  84. Maybe the NFL needs a meteorologist to tell them when it is going to get cold or when it is going to rain. That way they would know when the balls will deflate and when they should get the sideline technology out of the rain.

    Good thing the Pats did not play in super bowl 48. They would have been blamed for the power outage.

  85. thepftpoet says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:21 AM
    The Patriots are involved in almost every single sports scandal there is.

    There has to be a point where the whole needs just needs to get suspended for the year to learn it’s lesson.

    Get some integrity New England.

    This makes me even more emamored on how lucky I am to be a fan of the classiest organization in sports, the historic Minnesota Vikings.
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    Your team is 0-4 in Super Bowls, scoreless in the first halfs of all. Your mascot is a guy wearing horns and you adorn yourselves in purple. There is little to be proud of.

  86. rjpats says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:46 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the NFL didn’t intentionally do this to cast aspersions on the Pats.
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    That thought did cross my mind.

  87. gomez163 says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:20 AM

    The headsets did not malfunction. They were interfered with. Why is this so hard to understand. They were JAMMED.

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    they weren’t jammed. jamming blocks the communication. the radio broadcast being picked up was IN ADDITION to the coaches’ communications, like an overlay. They were hearing both.

  88. mungman69 says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:47 AM

    Hey, when the Steelers had headset problems so did the Patriots.

    and how do we know this…ahhh because Bill said they had problems too…well then it must be true if Bill said it…

    #sheeple

  89. For crying out loud, time to get the FBI involved and start sending some of these Patsy cheaters to jail. NFL fans should get their money back, including all money that went through Vegas betting. Meanwhile let PFT defend the cheaters, and let the misguided NFLPA defend a cheating franchise headed up by the kingpin of slime, Kraft. Sorry but the NFL is a joke now.

  90. Goodell may not have been at the game due to his cowardice, but since everyone has a conspiracy theory about the headsets,maybe he is the one who set the whole thing up. Still getting back at the Patriots…just a theory.

  91. Maybe the NFL will hire *independent* investigator Wed Tells to conduct and investigation into the matter with the direction to come to the conclusion the Patriots were engaged in a vast conspiracy.

    Hopefully they find a text message on a Patriots employees device from eight months or longer ago talking about something they can loosely relate back to the subject at hand.

    Then all the mouth breathers can get their pitchforks and torches and storm Gillette to burn the witches!

  92. Funny how you losers believe that the Patriots have been involved in all the NFL scandals. The Jets have 44 investigations against them. The Dolphins have 30 investigations. But nope, because the Pats have kicked your collective asses they are the root of all evil.

  93. Just like Deflategate demonstrated an overall lack of scientific knowledge in the NFL community, so does this. Let me inject some reason:

    Electrical Engineer here (disclaimer: my specialty is building design, not RF systems however).

    This was likely a grounding issue resulting in a slightly “out of tune” signal causing the nearby Patriots radio broadcast to leak into the communications channel. It’s the same thing that happens when you’re listening to your favorite radio station during a road trip and it starts to cut out – meanwhile, you also start to get interference from new radio stations as you get closer to new locales. Eventually, the old station will be cut off altogether, and the new station will come in clear.

    This happens as your receiver (car radio) gets further away from the transmitter (radio tower). As the distance increases, your “respect to ground” also changes. Likewise, as you get closer to new radio towers, you pick those radio signals up more accurately as your “respect to ground” gets more inline with the tower’s ground.

    In my experience, the vast majority of communications issues are a result of faulty ground connections. You can have two PERFECT electronic modules, but when connected together, they don’t work at all. This could be a result of a lack of what’s called “common ground”. Essentially, all “ground” means is “what the minimum voltage is before it has a negative potential”; i.e., 0 volts. So if two systems don’t share a “common ground” and therefore have a different concept of what qualifies as “0 volts”, then the two systems will not be able to communicate 100% accurately. I.e., the transmitter and receiver are not on the same page because the transmitter thinks .2V is ground, whereas the receiver anticipates a ground of 0V.

    Additionally, the NFL likely determines the frequency of the channel that the radio waves travel on (based on the RF spectrum determined by the FCC – many frequencies are reserved for military and other similar applications), so tampering is highly unlikely.

  94. truck8595 says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:38 AM
    1.) Patriots were having the exact same issue.

    2.) NFL controls the headsets.

    3.) Move along to your next conspiracy theory.

    4.) Profit.

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    -Home team installs and manages equipment.

    -Long standing history of issue occurring in Foxboro

    -Team with long history of cheating

  95. More bravo sierra from the No Fun League. They have been licking their wounds since Brady over turned their apple cart by beating them for Deflategate by lawyering up to the max. Goodell has made to look like and incompetent and an overall idiot. New England can’t seem to start any season without some kind of controversy and the No Fun League sits on its proverbial keister and does absolutely nothing. Par for the course in Roger Goodells No Fun League fantasy.

  96. Do enemy pilots in war complain that the US military couldn’t possibly jam their signals because their own commanders supplied the radios and set the frequencies???? Think about it, Pats fans.

  97. Of course the NFL is going to investigate. The Patriots don’t play for another 10 days, so the NFL needs SOMETHING to fill the time.

    I don’t know why more attention isn’t being paid to Bitter Ben complaining about the Patriots breaking some “unwritten rule” regarding shifting? I know, it’s legal, but if the Pats do it, and benefit by it, you know the rule will be changed next season.

    Now, if only the Steelers could have known in advance and prepared for it.

    Oh wait, Bitter Ben said they knew the Patriots did that because the saw it on film.

    I suspect Mean Joe Green, Jack Lambert, Jack Hamm and other Steeler greats, when the Steel Curtain was more than a label, it was a reality, would be embarrassed by what a group of little whiny girls their once dominating team has sunk to.

    The Seahawks lost the Superbowl for heavens sake, yet you don’t hear a single excuse from them. They lost and took it like pros. Richard Sherman even stood up for the Patriots the other day. Like he said, you win it between the lines, 11 on 11.

    The modern day Steelers should go back in time so they can relearn what greatness is.

  98. What do you mean “the Patriots did not provide the communications devices that malfunctioned” when “The coaches’ communications equipment, including the headsets, is provided by the NFL for both clubs use on game day,”???

    Why would the Patriots have the equipment if it provided by the NFL? Once the game is finished, all equipment should have been handed over. Guess this is another “common practice”

  99. Aaron Rodgers reported that the Packers also suffered issues with their headsets at Gillette Stadium during their preseason game while third-string quarterback Brett Hundley was on the field.

    I find it totally believable that if the Patriots were somehow screwing around with the headsets, they would even do so blatantly in a preseason game. After all, such a competitive edge is important when attempting to secure vital preseason wins.

    It is also very telling that the Patriots chose to mess with the Packers’ headsets while third-stringer Brett Hundley was playing, instead of Green Bay’s supposed starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers. It should now be obvious that the Patriots realized that Hundley was the real threat and that they would require this edge in order to successfully compete against the rookie fifth-round pick. Given this, the Packers would be wise to take a long, hard look at the quarterback depth chart before they allow Rodgers to steal valuable playing time from the clearly superior talent they have in Hundley.

  100. Has anyone checked the video near the men’s room?
    Check the maintenance crew’s texts for nickname “headset” or “jam”
    What was the temperature when the headsets were initially tested?
    Any NFL “Independent Investigation” needs to be “Independent”
    Anyone from the Ravens or Colts seen near the headsets?
    Better check with Mort, Stephen A and Peter for insight from NFL office

  101. Lmao. These guys cant be serious can they? Lmao. When theres an issue we “investigate” thoroughly.

    If by investigate throughly, you mean you lie and cook up fake evidence to fit the desired objective and story you want to tell, then yeah you are right.

    The NFL couldnt investigate why the chicken crossed the road

  102. If you actually haven’t seen the video of Mike Tomlin trying to trip a player running down the sidelines, you need to watch it. Then just imagine if that was Bill Belichick doing that…. Oh the humanity.

  103. Somebody above me claimed the Pats provide the base stations while the NFL provides the headsets. Nope, nope, nope. The products need to be matched to their locale and the manufacturer will ask for the location of the installation. The NFL wouldn’t purchase a receiver but leave the transmitter purchase up to the team. That makes zero sense.

  104. Folks, it is not the Headset, it is the signal. There are handheld options to disrupt a signal, and then the nearest broadcast might feed in. A best practice would be for an NFL official on each bench also get a headset and they can monitor the feed is audible and the same quality, then make the call to either pull all headsets or not. The Giants used to open and shut the doors to create wind issues for other teams kickers, but this is more nefarious. With today’s tech, it should be easy to find where this jamming is coming from, either bench area or upper press box where the assistant coach is located, that would be my first best guess. Interesting or creative wiring ala the Saints. Sad to see that a level playing field is tilted for what is supposed to be a patriot, not a coward. I concur they are excellent team, but have some honesty.

  105. Given the recent comments made by Patriots’ fans, it’s entirely plausible that something sinister was being done. If these fans will go out of their way to fly banners over Goodell’s vacation home and confront him in public places, what’s to stop some nerd from figuring out how to jam a radio frequency and then unjam it when the NFL official comes to investigate? Pats fans are apparently willing to go to all lengths to see their team win. Must be weird being that obsessed to the point where your sense of fair play has completely given in to foolish, hollow pride. LOL.

  106. oh, so now it’s not only the organization that cheats at EVERYTHING, it’s now the FANS TOO……do you people out there even have any grasp nof reality??!!
    The Patriots are just BETTER at most everything from top to bottom….deal with it will ya??!!

  107. You know,

    The Boston area is rife with high tech in academia, military and commercial institutions. It just might be that some bright engineer that is also a raving Pats fan may have taken matters into his own hands, electronically, to mess with the wireless radios.

    I’m not saying that nothing is going on with the comms systems, but rather that it is not the team that is behind anything going on.

  108. The referees microphones never stop working during a game, ever, right?
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    I’m pretty sure the ref’s mic actually cut out once in this game.

  109. jamaltimore……Can’t wait to till the Ravens destroy the Pats in the playoffs. Steelers D is horrible and they still almost won……

    ………………………………………………………………………………

    The Steelers didn’t even know Gronk was on the field.

  110. With all the aluminum used in the stadiums it would be very easy to install and hide an antenna on the visiting team side line that could be used to broadcast a signal just strong enough to interfere with the headsets. You coud even crank it up enough to mildly intefer with the home team as well just for deniability. It would be easy enough to pull off even a fan could do it with the right equipment all you need to know if the frequency of the headsets.

  111. The signal in question is digitally encrypted. The failure mode (RX hears coherent injected message overlaid over the desired message) indicates that this is not a case of jamming the digitally encrypted radio signal or overpowering it. Jamming or overpowering a digitally encrypted radio signal with an analog signal would produce static, because the reciever’s decryption would be decrypting a message that was not encrypted with the key the decryption is using. This interference was introduced while the signal was analog. That means it was introduced in the press box or on the field.

  112. Can we really trust the NFL to investigate issues involving complex communications and RF interference. We all saw how well they understand air pressure.

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