An angry Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after tonight’s loss in New England that he and his coaching staff were having problems getting their headsets to work properly, and that communications problems are commonplace at Gillette Stadium.
“We were listening to the Patriots radio broadcast for the majority of the first half on our headsets, coach to coach,” Tomlin said.
Tomlin also said that it’s “always the case” that the Steelers have trouble with their in-stadium communications when they play in New England. He said that eventually the problem got fixed.
“We let the league officials on site handle it,” Tomlin said.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said after the game that his team also had problems with the headsets.
Tonight’s issue with the Steelers’ communications comes after an offseason that was dominated by Deflategate, and comes in a week when both ESPN and Sports Illustrated published lengthy stories suggesting that the Patriots frequently break NFL rules. There have been previous reports that some teams thought the Patriots were tampering with communications devices, although those suspicions have never resulted in league discipline.
The league spent most of the offseason dealing with the Deflategate investigation. Now there may be calls for the league to embark on another investigation of what happened with the Steelers’ headsets.