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Can you hear me now? Patriots have trouble with headsets

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches from the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard) AP

In news that will make other teams giggle, the Patriots had communications problems at Gillette Stadium.

According to Tom Curran of CSNNE.com, Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia had to signal in plays by hand, when they were unable to use the coach-player communication system during their win over the Bengals.

Of course, other teams have long suspected shenanigans when they go to New England, and for them to have problems at home does carry a bit of irony.

The Patriots apparently have also all but given up on using their Microsoft Surface tablets, as coach Bill Belichick spiked his out of frustration two weeks ago.

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49 Responses to “Can you hear me now? Patriots have trouble with headsets”
  1. nhpats says: Oct 16, 2016 8:39 PM

    Bengals must have been cheating…..

  2. stampnhawk says: Oct 16, 2016 8:39 PM

    Did Hernandez murder the telecommunications guy in the stadium too?

  3. footballfan825 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:40 PM

    Ha, the Patriots and their fans are just terrible..

  4. 6ball says: Oct 16, 2016 8:40 PM

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    It was a test for the coordinators, Patricia and McDaniels.
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  5. weepingjebus says: Oct 16, 2016 8:40 PM

    Belichick had long had the team practice for this situation, ever since it happened to them at a Super Bowl. Other teams prefer to be totally unprepared and then whine about it later. You know who you are.

  6. vancouversportsbro says: Oct 16, 2016 8:40 PM

    Looks like they were trying to take out the bengals headphones and did it to themselves as well.

  7. Flash1287 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:41 PM

    So what now CRYBABIES were they trying to cheat themselves out of the ability to communicate? Or are you going to go with “it backfired on them?

    #excuses

  8. Patskrieg says: Oct 16, 2016 8:42 PM

    So what are we left with here guys?

    Do we finally admit that the comm systems are unpredictable? Do we finally point out that at least one game per week experiences documented comm system issues all over the league for YEARS?

    Or do we dig in and insist Belichick is cheating by sabotaging his own headsets?

    You tell me.

  9. One for the thumb says: Oct 16, 2016 8:44 PM

    That’s not ironic. There’s a long history of headsets not working at many stadiums.

    Gantt really needs to get over that Superbowl loss over a decade ago. Grow up.

  10. footballfan58 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:45 PM

    And yet they still won. Just shows how prepared they are for most any situation. Too bad other teams can’t say the same.

  11. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Oct 16, 2016 8:46 PM

    did anyone see cam and his goofy hat at a losing press conference and tom with a crew neck sweater at his winning press conference buy the way I love hats but the goofy hat at a losing press conference fails miserably

  12. dansardo says: Oct 16, 2016 8:47 PM

    Non pat fans motto: “my team can’t beat them so call them cheaters”!

  13. RandyinRoxbury says: Oct 16, 2016 8:48 PM

    As the number one Pats fan on PFT i can tell you we do not cheat, its all because of nonsensical media rumors.

  14. artic19 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:51 PM

    Probably hacked into the Bengals frequency and couldn’t get back to their own.

  15. LyinRogerMustGo says: Oct 16, 2016 8:51 PM

    Gotta watch those cheatin’ Bengals.😉

  16. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Oct 16, 2016 8:55 PM

    Something about a simple crew neck sweater at a winning press conference that just says I just took your lunch money and didn’t spend it on stupid crap !!

  17. carloswlassiter says: Oct 16, 2016 8:56 PM

    And they were able to continue playing the game? Wow! How is that possible? I thought according to Tomlin you are supposed to turtle at that point, and then whine about it in your post game presser.

  18. mzew233 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:57 PM

    Next up come January when the #1 seed is clinched:
    Is how the Patriots CHEATED by allowing Brady 4 games of rest. By allowing 2 other QBs to make Paydays, or trade value — the rest of the team to get some rest. And the story will be turned to why the Patriots rested their QB for a quarter of the season to have an advantage in February because Brady was given 3 byes.
    There are 1-2 games left that might even give New England a whiff of a loss. And getting to a SB after deflate-gate is one of the most incredible achievements ever, but still will be thrown into the: Deflategate/Spygate/Headsetgate/Coingate category. lol

  19. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Oct 16, 2016 8:59 PM

    Pats are 5-1. How’s your team doing? Do you have cheese to go with that whine?

  20. The Truth says: Oct 16, 2016 9:00 PM

    Please let everyone on both sides stay healthy so we can watch the cowboys and Zeke jam the ball rightndown the patsies throats in the big game.

  21. kptb12 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:04 PM

    A bit of Irony? The NFL is responsible for headsets. I hope Bill plays Mike Tomlinson’s (spelling?) Presser from last year. Crying over the headsets that the league is responsible for. Crybaby coaches, there are too many. Suck it up if you lose, don’t cry like him and Hardballs! Just remember steeler fans, your coach cheated by tripping a player. He’s great!

  22. upyoursnfu says: Oct 16, 2016 9:09 PM

    Play the victim

  23. RE LEE says: Oct 16, 2016 9:09 PM

    This problem occurs in other stadiums too, but the whiny coaches and players only complain about the Patriots.
    Goodell gave the other teams a head start by cheating Tom Brady. Haters go and tell your teams to make the most of it.

  24. ikeclanton says: Oct 16, 2016 9:13 PM

    Just like everything most teams are not ready for, the Patriots have probably practiced this scenario many times and were ready for it. No excuses and just play the game. What a concept.

  25. bamboozle99 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:17 PM

    Maybe now they will stop messing with radio frequencies at Fox borough.

  26. nepatriot1 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:17 PM

    The Truth says:
    Oct 16, 2016 9:00 PM
    Please let everyone on both sides stay healthy so we can watch the cowboys and Zeke jam the ball rightndown the patsies throats in the big game.
    ————————-
    The Cowboys wouldn’t beat the Patriots in a million attempts, for many obvious reasons.
    1) The cowboys have already said Romo starts when he comes back.
    2) Jason Garrett coaches the Cowboys.

  27. whispersd says: Oct 16, 2016 9:20 PM

    “In news that will make other teams giggle, the Patriots had communications problems at Gillette Stadium.”

    The Pats don’t run the communications networks, the NFL does.

    Shaking my head at the ignorance of this poster.

  28. whispersd says: Oct 16, 2016 9:22 PM

    Gantt really needs to get over that Superbowl loss over a decade ago. Grow up.

    Why would he do that? It’s too much fun being petty and small-minded. This is the guy who turned “No comment” to “tacit approval of sexism”.

    Piece of work.

  29. charger383 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:24 PM

    where was Goodell when this happened?

  30. whispersd says: Oct 16, 2016 9:24 PM

    stampnhawk says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:39 PM
    Did Hernandez murder the telecommunications guy in the stadium too?

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    footballfan825 says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:40 PM
    Ha, the Patriots and their fans are just terrible..

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    Interesting juxtaposition there.

  31. janneywheels says: Oct 16, 2016 9:35 PM

    that’s just Ernie keeping the coordinators on their toes… probably Slippery When Wet start to finish

  32. elitekane says: Oct 16, 2016 9:43 PM

    Difference is we win regardless lol no excuse having bums over here.

  33. nufcedmcgreevey says: Oct 16, 2016 10:02 PM

    BB does not make excuses, he believes in losers try, winners do!

  34. marima07 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:05 PM

    It seems you forgot to include the fact that the NFL is responsible for the headset communications in every stadium – not the home team. No irony in play at all.

  35. mmack66 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:08 PM

    RE LEE says:
    Oct 16, 2016 9:09 PM

    Goodell gave the other teams a head start by cheating Tom Brady. Haters go and tell your teams to make the most of it.
    ————————

    Only one did. Roger was foiled again.

  36. patsfiend says: Oct 16, 2016 10:12 PM

    Belichick probably had Adams disable them on purpose from up in the box, just to keep everyone on their toes. It’s all in the situations.

  37. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Oct 16, 2016 10:19 PM

    As long as whoever supplies the comm system pays the NFL the most money to be the official headset of the NFL the NFL is OK with the reliability issues. The bottom line is money.

  38. mistyzhang says: Oct 16, 2016 10:22 PM

    Did they accidentally get the Bengals headsets?

  39. cadreamer1969 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:26 PM

    whispersd says:
    Oct 16, 2016 9:22 PM

    Gantt really needs to get over that Superbowl loss over a decade ago. Grow up.

    Why would he do that? It’s too much fun being petty and small-minded. This is the guy who turned “No comment” to “tacit approval of sexism”.

    Piece of work.

    Brady answered the last designated question then someone blurted out what was obviously a “gotcha Statement”. Brady said Thank you guys and have a good day. Brady didn’t say no comment .

  40. eddievortex says: Oct 16, 2016 10:36 PM

    Patskrieg says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:42 PM
    So what are we left with here guys?
    Do we finally admit that the comm systems are unpredictable? Do we finally point out that at least one game per week experiences documented comm system issues all over the league for YEARS?
    Or do we dig in and insist Belichick is cheating by sabotaging his own headsets?
    You tell me.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Skimmed over the NE game…Saw some sideline shots and didn’t see any tablets being held by NE coaches…As a poster commented above…Bill smashed his during the Bills game…Hey wait…Destroyed evidence….Rog, isn’t that a PED suspension at least?!!!!!!

  41. maust1013 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:47 PM

    RandyinRoxbury says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:48 PM
    As the number one Pats fan on PFT i can tell you we do not cheat, its all because of nonsensical media rumors.
    =============

    Heck chipster, you’re only the number 3 Pats troll on PFT. Congrats on your boys winning today. Way to work on another 5-8 draft pick, they can’t even tank correctly

  42. osyrus1971 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:47 PM

    I’m just here to see the chowder haters gloat. 5-1……suck on that Rodger!!

  43. mullman76 says: Oct 16, 2016 11:34 PM

    Patsy fans are the WORST.

    Carry on.

  44. zygizag says: Oct 17, 2016 1:24 AM

    Anyone that has used Microsoft for any extended period of time knows how Coach BB feels. Microsoft the tables you want to throw away.

  45. zygizag says: Oct 17, 2016 1:24 AM

    tablet – not tables of course

  46. alcottclan235 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:36 AM

    RandyinRoxbury says:

    Oct 16, 2016 8:48 PM
    As the number one Pats fan on PFT i can tell you we do not cheat, its all because of nonsensical media rumors.
    _________________________________________

    Hey RandyinRoxbury: Is that Roxbury NY? (suburb of Buffalo) Roxbury NJ? (suburb of Newark ) Roxbury WA? ( suburb of Seattle) or Roxbury PA? (suburb of Pittsburgh)

    Because it’s definitely not the one next to Dorchester!!!

    Be a man and use a real screen name.

  47. bucandball says: Oct 17, 2016 10:52 AM

    Obviously a false flag operation by the Hoodie. I heard that the Patriots are asking Putin to help them hack in to other teams’ tablets.

  48. goattoday says: Oct 17, 2016 11:56 AM

    The Deflator must have stopped by the restroom on the way to the field with the headsets!

  49. section310 says: Oct 17, 2016 1:50 PM

    Remember Mike Thomlin said, “It always happens up here.” Meaning – New England. Chip Kelly went onto defend the Patriots saying, “I have heard air traffic control on my headsets on Philly.” It’s only a violation if it’s the Patriots. 31 other teams are fine.

    AFC title game had the Broncos using there ipads and the Patriots were broken. The fix was in from jump. Thanks Roger….

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