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NFL to test new coach-to-coach communication system at Pro Bowl

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18: Head coach John Fox of the Chicago Bears adjusts his headset during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 18, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

In the first game of the regular season, there were complaints from the Steelers about the communication systems coaches use to talk to each other and players with radios in their helmets during games

There were other complaints from other teams during the regular season and the issues cropped up again when the Seahawks visited the Vikings in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. The league has said that they, not home teams, are responsible for making sure that the communications between press box, sideline and field are operating correctly.

They’ll be trying something at next weekend’s Pro Bowl in hopes of cutting down on issues in the 2016 season. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the league will be testing a new coach-to-coach communication system during the game. If the test goes smoothly, the new system could be in place for all games next season.

As long as teams make sure that all of their batteries are properly charged before kickoff, there’s no reason why the league’s in-game communication system should be such a frequent source of trouble. Hopefully next week’s test is a step toward a smoother process in the future.

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8 Responses to “NFL to test new coach-to-coach communication system at Pro Bowl”
  1. glen1945 says: Jan 24, 2016 11:33 AM

    We can communicate we the space station and the NFL can’t figure out how to talk to each other on the side lines. Sad.

  2. MichaelEdits says: Jan 24, 2016 11:36 AM

    I have no idea when I last watched a Pro Bowl. Maybe never. I can’t remember.

  3. tokyogasblaster says: Jan 24, 2016 11:44 AM

    Well if there’s any problems we’ll blame the patriots…

  4. willycents says: Jan 24, 2016 11:56 AM

    “Well if there’s any problems we’ll blame the patriots…”

    WOW thirty seconds after the post, Pats fans are making it all about them cheating. Unreal!!!!

  5. youknowiknowitall says: Jan 24, 2016 12:15 PM

    Unreal is that you assume it is a Pats fan when the use of “we’ll” seems to imply otherwise.

  6. greenlargo says: Jan 24, 2016 12:27 PM

    willycents says:
    Jan 24, 2016 11:56 AM
    “Well if there’s any problems we’ll blame the patriots…”

    WOW thirty seconds after the post, Pats fans are making it all about them cheating. Unreal!!!!

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    He did make it all about the Patriots. But I don’t think he was a Pats fan. What he is referring to is a theory going around out there that the Patriots have their hand in everything even what goes on with other teams (so the Seattle/Minnesota incident would have been their fault too) and so according to that theory something like this they would already be exploring how to hack it. Since the system is being tested at the pro bowl that is a good opportunity to test the hack too. Tom Brady was personally developing the hack using a programming app that runs on his cell phone is the real reason he destroyed it.

  7. streetyson says: Jan 24, 2016 12:59 PM

    Just scrap the headsets and go old-school. End of problem. More fun too.

  8. tokyogasblaster says: Jan 24, 2016 4:20 PM

    Sorry I’m not a Pats fan…

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