Tomlin angry with communications problems at Gillette Stadium

AP

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.

372 responses to “Tomlin angry with communications problems at Gillette Stadium

  1. If anyone thinks that the Patriots intentionally did anything outside of the rules tonight of all nights when the league office is just begging for any reason to punish them, they need help.

  2. Tomlin should be mad about:
    Losing to tim Tebow years ago in the playoffs
    Not winning a playoff game in years since being Tebowed out of the playoffs
    Stepping on the field to stop a td return by Baltimore

  3. The rines are crossed

    I think the NFL handles the headsets & when something like this happens, the opposition also loses access to their headsets. I dislike the Patriots as many in this country but we have had a Super Bowl delayed due to power issues, so technology does go kaput once in a while.

  4. Hahahahahahahahaha.

    I know the Patriots are in everybody’s head. But now even the Patriots’ BROADCAST is in everybody’s head.

    At least Tomlin had a shiny excuse to distract from not covering Gronk and for running that dumb trick play on the first drive when they were moving.

  5. pathological cheaters. they’re doing on purpose just to rub the league’s face in it.

    gotta admit it’s pretty entertaining how brazen they are about it.

  6. listening to Tomlin whine is like listening to the birds sing. Happens all the time so I don’t even notice it anymore.
    Give the little baby a snickers.

  7. majority of the first half? ah hell, just say it was for the whole game. In the mean time, why don’t you learn a little about “time management”. How long have you been the HC? You should have been able to run at least 3 more plays if you were more aware of what was going on.

  8. Go ahead. That was clearly why the Steelers can’t make field goals or recover loose balls even though they admit they were listening to the Patriots coaches. I’d spend $100 million on it.

  9. Yes, the Pats are going to cheat in a way that can easily be proven that they cheated if the Steelers were the only ones with problems with the headsets the first game after the whole Deflategate mess. Let’s get real.

    Both sides have problems. The NFL is in charge of radio communication signals for the headset, not the home team.

  10. Well…there clearly wasn’t any communication going on between the steelers coaching staff when they called that gadget play with Antonio brown on the first series. Surely it was the headsets doing.

  11. I’ve heard of this happening over and over again at Patriots stadium – but no place else.

    Why is this?

    Apparently, you just cannot shame these bastards.

  12. Oh, this season is going to be a blast. Every week we’ll get a new excuse from the team that loses to the Pats. Next week it will be the slightly damped towels in the visitors locker room.

    Can you imagine Belichick blaming a loss on an issue with a headset? He would never let his team think this way. After all it was his mentor, the great Bill Parcells, that said “you give your team an excuse to lose, they’ll take it”.

    Thanks Roger. What a mess you’ve made of the league.

  13. The paranoid style is alive and well in Pittsburgh.

    Bill Cowher, a gentleman to the nth degree, was above this sort of nonsense, as was his predecessor Chuck Noll.

    Mr. Rooney should dress down Mike Tomlin for making such an embarrassing and undignified pronouncent.

  14. I have an idea… Every time the Patriots win, the league should launch a lengthy and expensive investigation into the reason why they won… Maybe one day they will figure out that the Pats are just better than everyone else, and everyone else has sour grapes as a result. Keep the hate alive!

    Pats put a piece of chewing gum on the ground outside of the Steeler’s bus, and it got on Roethlisberger’s shoe, which is why he threw that pick to Harmon… Dirty Pats!

  15. Those communications are handled by the league not the home team. If problems are found both teams headsets are turned off. I guess the headsets effected the kicker who missed two huge kicks and the defense who decided not to cover Gronkowski all night. This crybaby garbage is beneath these teams. It’s called adapting to adversity.

  16. I guess “I’m not going to say they cheated, but….” is the new “They didn’t beat us; we beat ourselves.”

  17. The NFL is in charge of operating those headsets, but no one likes to report that for some reason. Easier just to blame the Pats for something they no control over. Just fits the narrative better.

  18. Maybe just maybe should learn how to run a 4 min offense, as usual Ben had a great finish after the game was thrown away. I thought Shazier was gonna shut down # 87 ?

  19. Hey Hey Mike calm down. THE NFL controls the headsets and that’s why Pats have had problems in the past as well. Oh and guess what TB12 had “fully inflated balls” and threw 4 tds on your team. Let the excuses keep flowing. 1-0

  20. That d-Line stem on the goal line was pretty bush league. Big Ben was furious because I’m guessing it was an excuse to simulate the snap count. Of course the umpire isn’t in the middle of it anymore. Cheap crap like that is what the Patriots are masters at pulling off.

  21. You mean what happened with “the headsets”. As you said, it affected the Pats, too. Belichick said in the postgame press conference they had problems all game. Or is he lying to throw off all the super sleuths???

  22. They will get away with it once again. Every visiting team always has problems with Com systems there. Funny for a very new stadium. And it rarely happens at any other stadiums.. it would be like every time you have a business meeting WiFi always goes down. How long do you think that sh*t would go on before heads rolled big time? But for the Pats, it’s just allowed to continue. Must have been ‘cuz of the rain this time huh? Got some ocean front land in Montana for ya too….. tired of it. Get it fixed or no more home games. Give that for a penalty to get some attention to the matter. Even the announcers laugh every time ‘cuz it’s just expected when the Pats play at home. Maybe if we the fans are asked to pay even more they’ll find a way to host a fair game in NE.

  23. “We were listening to the Patriots radio broadcast for the majority of the first half on our headsets, coach to coach,” Tomlin said. -Tomlin

    Scott Zolak is a weapon of mass destruction.

    BTW, the league takes care of that.

  24. Accidental or not, another bad look for the Patriots. Never during a nationally televised game can I remember commentators questioning a teams integrity, but Collinsworth and Michaels both talked about it.

    As a bengals fan I feel for the steelers, came out firing on all cylinders, then strangely they couldn’t seem to get in the same page. After everything that’s happened it’s hard to give New England the benefit of the doubt.

  25. Everyone who loses is going to accuse them of something. Steelers D was the problem they had way to many blown coverages on the field. To leave Gronk wide open on several plays was lack of experience and talent in the secondary.

  26. If ever is the time to cheat its now because Goodell ain’t wanting to have anything to do with any investigation again with the Patriots after that Judge Berman knocked ole Roger down a few pegs.

  27. Buahahaahahahahha!
    #Headsetgate.

    I’m impressed! Persistence.

    Sirus Jim Miller: “It was NFL fault!”.
    N.E. Writer: Tom Curran “Ditto!”.

    Former QB Jim Miller, hmm, wasn’t he the lonely 2013 MVP vote for Brady.
    Tom Curran, hmm, a Patriot beat writer.
    What a poor excuse of a team.
    That’s your que Pat fans for the thumbs down and invalid replies at 3,2,..

  28. After Brady’s case was dismissed there were pictures of the judge yucking it up with the Patriot’s owner. Until the league stops this nonsense they will continue to defy the rules.

  29. Well duhhhh! It’s New England…”all absolutes” and “by any means necessary” cheating tactics will be employed even more this year because…

    That Pats Defense, as most predicted, now depleted of Wilfork, Revis and Browner’s services, is gonna be BAAADDDDD. Back up Steeler players were running wild over them all night long!

    Steelers should not have even been in this game sans LeVeon and Bryant. Dhb…(DHB for crying out loud!) was catching passes – and dropping them per his usual career MO – over Butler, McCourty and Co.

    When the Patsies play the AFC EAST Defenses of the Jets/Bills/Dolphins…lol, Shady will have to do more than his patented “1 Yard Dinky Derp Pick Pass Screen Play then Gronk in the RZ” offense. Them shrimps WR’s ain’t gonna be running free on those secondaries.

  30. I’m not a Steelers fan – but no matter how many wins the Patriots have, or how many Super Bowls they’ve won, Belichick, Brady & Co. will always be tainted by the culture of cheating that has defined this franchise for the past 15 years.

  31. Dear Patriot Gloaters,

    You got the win but the rest of the league (even the Titans) watched the game and thought: Man, we can beat these bums…their defence really sucks. Really really sucks.

    Pittsburg put up 485 yards on you guys.

  32. It’s pretty much the boy who cried wolf with the pats. Do I think they’re dumb enough to try anything the first game after this offseason? Not likely. But with their track record it doesn’t look good. It’s like I tell my kids. I’ll trust you to do the right things until you give me a reason not to. Then it will take a lot to build that trust back.

  33. Karl Voss, NFL Lead Frequency Coordinator is in charge of the frequencys, not the Patriots. Both Steelers and Patriots had the same problems. Nothing but a defective wire that was swapped out and that fixed the problem.

  34. Never mind that the Patriots also had headset issues, the NFL CONTROLS THE HEADSETS (not the Patriots), and Sirius XM tweeted that information early on.

    Keep hatin though, it just serves as rocket fuel for the Patriots Revenge Tour. #OntoBuffalo

  35. Patriot coaches were having the exact same issues, and anyway the league is in charge of all communication equipment, but by all means, keep promoting the nontroversy.

  36. Hey Tomlin – for the amount of time that you didnt have communications the PATS also didnt have communications.
    I call that even.

    So whats your excuse now?

  37. I see that the Patriots like to follow the old Jesse “The Body” Ventura proverb……

    Win if you can
    Lose if you must
    But always cheat

    But you have to respect them they have a Dick Dasterly from the whacky Races cartoon kind of quality to them lol

  38. Another investigation? That’s a joke, right?

    The NFL is so incompetent, their investigation would probably conveniently forget that the radios are controlled by the NFL, not the Patriots or Gillette officials. They’d probably also forget that the Patriots also had issues with their headsets, and had theirs down at the same time the Steelers did.

    They’d probably also forget that the Steelers played like a high school football team for most of the night, and that Brady could have played blindfolded and still thrown 4 TD passes.

  39. Belichick is probable thinking “why change my cheating ways now? Even the Senate couldn’t stop my cheating ways.”

    It appears that mindset has infected Brady and many others who have been part of the Patriot’s camp going back several decades according to the recent ESPN article about the cheating Patriots.

  40. #patriotsway
    Too many teams have said the same thing and to those about to say the NFL controls the headsets it would be to easy to jam o e and not the other since they are on different wave lengths. This is crap and something needs to be done.

  41. Still won’t report on it being a league responsibility and they have Frequency Monitors hired by the NFL?

    Cool.

  42. BREAKING NEWS: ESPN reports that multiple owners believe Belichick is using the device from the movie “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” to shrink former employees McNally & Jastremski into micro-sized agents that can be inserted into the electronic circuitry of the communications devices.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued the following statement…”Not once in my whole life have I ever seen either McNally & Jastremski and I find that very suspicious. The evidence is clear….Somebody has shrunk McNally & Jastremski into invisability. We will find out who did this and punish them accordingly.

  43. You can blame the headsets all night , but everyone and their mother knows you should have at least one person covering Gronk no matter what is going on with headsets. That’s just piss poor coaching 101.

  44. I don’t blame Tomlin in the least!! It happens to other teams, also. It seems as if the cheating will never stop, and no other team will have a level playing field. I am sick of it…….imho

  45. Enough is Enough! Ban the whole damn Team. So sick of these serial cheaters. Yeah we get it Boston you cant buy a championship like in Baseball. So you have to cheat. The communications problem has been happening for years to other teams when they visit too. NFL needs to get some damn proof and end this nonsense.

  46. Join the club Tomlin!
    In Boston land this makes you a hater and member of the conspiracy theory brigade.
    But the other 31 fan bases know what’s up.
    The Pats are a blight on football.

  47. I don’t think the Patriots would be that stupid to mess with the headsets immediately after the whole Deflategate fiasco.

    Or maybe they know that and it’s reverse psychology…

  48. Right your team got dismantled, quit deflecting, if i were u i will seek out no 41 and cut his butt immediately, dude wanted no parts of Gronk lol..

  49. Except you missed the league already taking responsibility for the issue. The communication and headsets are provided and managed by the NFL. The Pats were facing the same issues.

  50. I would me mad too. I’m am NFC fan but honestly thought the Patriots looked very very average.

    Gronk did well against a defense missing playmakers.

    When you get to Dallas I think Brady gets sacked at LEAST 5 times and Dallas wins by 12+

    ***

  51. Thankfully, we’ll all be spared another ridiculous controversy because NFL spokesman Michael Signora has issued this statement:

    “In the first quarter of [Thursday] night’s game, the Pittsburgh coaches experienced interference in their headsets caused by a stadium power infrastructure issue, which was exacerbated by the inclement weather. The coaches’ communications equipment, including the headsets, is provided by the NFL for both clubs’ use on game gay. Once the power issue was addressed, the equipment functioned properly with no additional issues.”

  52. Nothing ever simple in New England. If you had Jim Kelly calling the offense you’d be able to get around the problem. But since no qb’s do that anymore they are helpless unless the offensive coordinator calls the game.

  53. NBC sideline reporter Michele Tafoya said that the radio broadcast was bleeding into the Steelers’ coach-to-coach headsets. The Patriots’ coach-to-coach headsets were turned off while the issue was fixed. By the start of the second quarter everything was fixed, Tafoya said.

  54. The headsets are monitored and set up by the league. Pats have no control over it. Typical loser in Tomlin. One of the most overrated coaches in the league!

  55. Just suspend the entire Patriots team for the whole season and stripped them of all their tainted SBs. It’s the only way this weasel organization will learn. If you keep giving them only a slap on the wrist, then it’ll be positive reinforcement to keep cheating.

  56. Par for the course. When will it end for this fraud of an organization?! Just like T-Pain sang before kickoff, “all I do is win win win…’NO MATTER WHAT!!!'”

  57. This is Ground Control to Major Tomlin
    You’ve really made the grade
    And the papers want to know whose jersey you wear
    Now it’s time to leave New England if you dare
    Ground Control to Major Tomlin
    Your circuit’s dead,
    there’s something wrong
    Can you hear me, Major Tomlin?
    Can you hear me, Major Tomlin?
    Can you hear me, Major Tomlin?

  58. the AFC is such weak sauce that If NFL fans don’t want to hear pats fans squawk for another offseason they better pray Eli gets back to the SB this year. He has the kryptonite for this boring dink and dunk team.

  59. If the Patriots didn’t have such a shady history, then you may chalk this up to just a “normal” communications problem. Now, to also know that this has been going on for some time and nothing has been done to address the issue, only adds to the scrutiny the team will be under, and deservedly so.

    When we continue to get report after report of more cheating by this team, and there is now indication that it is still going on, despite the image of the team being shattered to everyone, but Patriot fans, then I think you just have to say enough is enough.

    I supported Tom Brady, as I don’t think he should have taken the brunt of the punishment for his team’s transgressions and his personal case against the league was valid.

    If, indeed, there are anymore indications that the Patriots are purposely messing with the opposition’s headsets, then it’s time for wins to be vacated, including Superbowls!

    If Belichick can’t win by following the same rules that every other team has too and displays such arrogance about it, then I think he should be permanently suspended and any chance of getting into the Hall of Fame being nullified.

    This also shows allot about the real Robert Kraft. I mean the guy is good friends with Rush Limbaugh, for hell sakes, and has him in his luxury box for games. There isn’t a bigger scumbag on earth than Limbaugh and you tend to be judged by those you call your friends.

    I’m damn tired of not only the alleged cheating (most of it proven), but just as angry at how the Head Coach is so damn arrogant and egotistical about it all. He was actually pissed that Mangini asked him to not tape the Jet’s signals and Belichick refused to stop doing it. That led to him being turned into the league.

    I’m not absolving Mangini, as he obviously benefited from the cameras when with the Patriots and only let it be known when they were aimed at his team. Still, for Belichick to basically tell him to f*** himself, shows the true character of the man.

    To win by cheating does not make you a good coach, and, in fact, shows the desperation to use any means necessary to win and a total lack of confidence in your own ability to win by following the rules that every other team must follow. He is obviously a fraud, as are 4 Superbowl Championships!

  60. The Patriots also tampered with the Steelers kicking footballs. More probable than not the Patriots altered the weather and made it rain only when the Steelers had the ball.

  61. All the Pats’ fans made such a mockery of Peyton Manning when it was reported he would not talk in the visitors’ locker room….lol…..He was the smart one, and with good reason! He has more integrity in his pinky as that entire organization…and the beat goes on…..

  62. so if it always happens,

    you were expecting it and planned accordingly, correct?

    I mean, having an entire off-season to prep and all…

  63. Sorry, it was me who messed with the headsets…I am the fall guy.

    Seriously, Tomlin, you might want to up the dose of the anti-psychotic meds…NE does mess with your head some, don’t they?

  64. The NFL handles the communications devices in the stadium, so blame Roger Goodell. After forcing ESPN to fire anyone that speaks out against the NFL, suppressing testimony at appeal hearings, and orchestrating a Jerry Springer like smear campaign, he now is trying to sway public opinion against the Patriots by making it look like they are messing with the headsets of the opponents. Don’t think they won’t stoop to that level. They already have, and more. The NFL administrative offices disgust me.

  65. Did anyone else notice how the Xs on the scoreboard banner during the trophy presentation looked like little asterisks? So appropriate. Nice job Pats staff.

  66. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. With the Patriots its a full blown forest fire. Yet, somehow the Patriots have successfully convinced the media that they are somehow the victims in all of these allegations.

  67. The NFL already released the following statement:

    “The coaches’ communications equipment, including the headsets, is provided by the NFL for both clubs use on game day.”

    I’m told, however, that there are suspicions that the Patriots secretly employed hypnotists to plant subconscious commands in the heads of NFL employees in order to cause headset malfunctions for the Steelers.

  68. League Statement:
    “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.
    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 issues.”

  69. There is such a thing as coincidences, but come on…There aren’t enough ‘coincidences’ in the universe to explain the head-set deal; again. It happens far too often at Patriot home games to be given the ‘coincidence’ label. When will it end? Someone find the ‘smoking gun’ already and put Beli-Cheat out of business once and for all.

    Did it make a differnce in the outcome? No. The Steelers ‘D’ is atrocious. As open as all the Pats recievers were I almost thought they were playing on bigger field. I fully expected the Pats to run up 40+ in this one, so maybe the defense has a glimmer of hope.

    As Beli-Cheat would say, ‘This one is done, we’re just focused on the 49ers.”

  70. “We were listening to the Patriots radio broadcast for the majority of the first half on our headsets, coach to coach,” Tomlin said.
    ______________________
    So, according to Coach Tomlin, the Steelers had a competitive advantage for the majority of the first half, spying on the opposing team’s coaching signals, and they still did that poorly?

    Pathetic!

  71. Investigate away. I’m sure the Patriots fixed it so the opponenta mic doesnt work the moment after they were just accused for all the other things.

    Belichick is really in everyone’s head.
    .

  72. The distraction of the radios in Foxboro over the years is more than a phenomenon. I have a theory about this and have had it for years, about 10. If you study radio frequencies and understand them very well, you could potentially understand the protocols being used by a manufacturer. One might call it reverse engineering, and some companies and universities are paid to do this research. One company/university that is perhaps the best in the world at this research…. MIT…. in Massachusetts. Is it possible the Patriots are not to blame for this? This is where the NFL again is dumber than a box of rocks. The home team should be penalized more than they currently are if the visitor has issues with wireless. Or let the visitors provide their own communication solutions.

  73. So this is a thing now? Teams can now lose to the Patriots and just say “they’re cheaters” and it’s truth? Grown men, crying because they lost. But don’t mention the fact that Patriots also had issues with their headsets and the Steelers forgot who Rob Gronkowski is. But ya, the headsets. Makes me respect the Seahawks even more, they fought hard and lost in the biggest game, and none of them said anything….

  74. This article is a perfect example of the pouring gasoline on the Patriots hate. First of all, there is no mention that the NFL is responsible for the headsets and communications…not the Patriots. Secondly, shouldn’t the Steelers be more concerned about how poor they played, how out coached, and the mental errors that they displayed? First and goal at the 1 and can’t score??? Tomlinson should be more concerned about his acts and his teams….

  75. You can keep digging, it will be many page-views for you guys indeed. But this will pass and be forgotten by Monday. Also noticed you forgot to mention the NFL* handles the headsets, so…..

  76. uh-huh.

    4 rings in the Brady/Belichick era.

    Keep making excuses ya’ll. If the ultimate troll, Sherman says we did it legit, then the rest of ya’ll got nothing on us.

    Pats were running picks like it was the NBA out there and it was beautiful thing to watch. fantastic start.

    Mission isn’t finished until Brady has one for the thumb

  77. Mortensen is reporting that NFL sources that radios are 100% controlled by the home team. The same source reports that the Pats “are in big trouble” for this and that McNally is now responsible for communications.

    Mortensen also disregards the fact that the radio system and equipment are all controlled by the NFL and that the Pats also had issues but why let facts get in the way of a good story.

  78. So the NFL had control of the headsets and the headsets for Pittsburgh were tuned into the wrong station. Sounds like the NFL is going to keeping setting up the Patriots to try and win the media war.

    #firegoodell

  79. So Pittsburgh lost because the headsets weren’ working in the 1 QRT. It had nothing to do with:

    – 2 early missed FG
    – Trying to get cute with a trick play killing their drive
    – Not having enough presence of mind to keep both feet inbound at the end zone
    – Being stopped 6 times in a row at the 1 and having to settle for a FG
    – Big Ben being intercepted
    – Leaving Gronk wide open 3 times
    – Having only 10 defenders on the field
    – Making lousy decisions (were running the ball pretty well, should’ve kept doing that)
    – Not making adjustments at halftime
    – Not throwing more to Brown (he was burning Malcom and you only played with him in the end zone once and at garbage time for a TD!? REALLY!?)

    But hey, I guess it was all the headsets fault. Guess that’s easier to blame than admit you were outcoached and outplayed.

  80. Apparently cheating prospers huh? We all got to see their Super Bowl trophies tonight…. you know, the ones they ‘won’ while taping other team’s practices, stealing information, lying, deflating, etc.

    NFL = WWF

    And then they do it again tonight to the Steelers.

    It seems pretty clear that Mark Cuban’s comments on the NFL are spot on……

  81. You would think a billionaire could at least spend some of his pocket change on getting the radio problem fixed after years of complaints. Unless they want it to “malfunction”. I wouldn’t put it beyond the Patriots to tamper with it.****

  82. FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Don’t blame the New England Patriots for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ headset issues during Thursday night’s opener, the NFL says.

    League spokesman Michael Signora said in a statement after the game it was a “stadium power infrastructure issue, which was exacerbated by the inclement weather” that caused the interference that left Steelers coach Mike Tomlin seething after the Patriots’ 28-21 win.

    “The coaches’ communications equipment, including the headsets, is provided by the NFL for both clubs use on game day,” Signora’s statement said. “Once the power issue was addressed, the equipment functioned properly with no additional issues.”

  83. Funny, because radio equipment can only receive the radio signal it’s programmed to receive.

    If not, then you could turn your radio to 96.7 FM and receive the broadcast from 88.8 FM.

    The New England Patriots have some explaining to do.

  84. Lets see, the NFL got their butts kicked in court trying to frame the Pats. Two rags that suck up to the NFL write stories quoting anonymous sources saying the Pats have cheated for years. First game of the season the headsets for the visiting team are messed up (the system is run by the NFL, not the Pats)
    I don’t think Goodell is done trying to frame the Pats.
    Go Redskins

  85. Well Mike, you can either complain to the league, which is completely in charge of the team’s communications, or not say anything, wait 10 years, and become an anonymous source spouting baseless accusations, without an ounce of proof or truth to support your beliefs. All depends on what kind of man you are I guess. We’re on to Buffalo.

  86. This happens to radios when you take them outside and the temperature is different then what it was inside. Its science dude

  87. So now the headsets don’t work intermittently for the visitors in Gillete Stadium. Interesting, isn’t it, that it would happen in the Pats’ stadium? Belicheat apparently rides again. This cheating team never seems to stop.

  88. Why shouldn’t they cheat? It’s not like anything is going to do anything about it now. Open season.

    And they add another * to their “trophy” case.

  89. Enough is enough with the underhanded BS the Pats do.. no one else in the league calls more timeouts after the ball is snapped, and the shift on the goal line should have been a penalty on the Pats not a false start, it was a clear attempt to induce the offense. On top of that the huge gain on Edelman’s offensive PI that was called against the Steelers, quit letting this team pull this stuff. The Pats should just line up and play football.

    All this was without even mentioning the headset stuff which, even if it were/is out of the Pats hands, is a grossly unfair modification to the playing conditions.

  90. The headsets for both teams were provided by, set up by, and monitored by the NFL, not the Patriots. There were NFL security personnel guarding the communications box. Both teams had issues with the system. The Patriots didn’t mess with the comms, but here come a bunch of ppl yelling cheater and using asterisks.

  91. Mike Tomlin is the most over-rated head coach in the NFL. He won a Super Bowl with the team which Bill Cowher had built, and had most of Cowher’s staff there as well.

    So this is the way it’s going to be. Teams which lose to the Patriots will find some excuse to hint that the Pats are doing something illegal.

    Well hear this, Mike Tomlin. You lost that game because the better team won and you didn’t have one of your best players on offense – Le’Veon Bell – because he was stupid enough to get caught with marijuana. You were also missing WR Martavis Bryant for the same thing.

    For years, the Minnesota Vikings blasted the music in their dome when other teams had the ball. Despite numerous complaints to the NFL, the Vikings never got punished for it. The Falcons got caught doing the same thing and were fined and lost a draft pick.
    We all know the Niners and Broncos were caught cheating with the salary cap during years when they won the Super Bowl and were fined for it.
    We also know the Broncos had several of their star players who were using PED’s during their Super Bowl years, too.
    Bill Romanowski was a walking pharmacy, and admitted during the Victor Conte Balco scandal he used both steroids and human growth hormone during his time with the Broncos.

    Cheating has been going on forever by NFL teams and players. Vince Lombardi was convinced George Halas of the Bears used to have planes fly over the Packers practices to spy on them.

    The point is, quit your bellyaching, Tomlin. The better team won, case closed. That tough-guy scowl you keep on your face doesn’t hide the fact that you are an over-rated head coach.

  92. You know you would think with the offseason the Patriots had, they wouldn’t resort to this stuff. And maybe they didn’t. Considering the NFL handles all communications, I am going to go with the NFL trying to make the Patriots look bad. But this stuff should not happen.

  93. I’d be shocked, but this isn’t the first time the headset issue has come up in Foxboro. It’s been talked about for the last several seasons and it will happen again. That being said, the better team won last night. The Steelers looked out of sync on D for most of first half, and someone needs to tell Darius-Bey to remember where the chalk is when he’s wide open in the end zone.

  94. Average dumb a$$ had never heard of Ideal Gas Law, a 180 years old physic law taught at 11th grade at the latest. Good luck trying to explain radio frequency and electromagnetic interference to them.

  95. Headsets are league’s responsibility. What else is the media communicating incorrectly?

    This story will catch legs and half the country will just read the headline and nothing else.

  96. The NFL controls the communication system at all NFL games…but why let facts get in the way of a good story.

    Here is another fact, Tomlin is out of his league coaching against Belichick.

  97. During the game they reported that the NFL had shut down the Patriots headsets to even the playing field when Steelers had issues with theirs – which means Patriots headsets were fine.

  98. The NFL controls the communication between the headsets, not the patriots, unfortunately that’s what losers to NE will do after they lose. It had nothing to do with the bonehead call to run a WR reverse pass when you had all the momentum and were in pats territory, or missing 2 FGs, or leaving Gronk wide open, or ben throwing into double coverage.

    The league controls the communications between the headset, how much you want to bet they don’t correct this publicly?

  99. NFL Statement: 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. 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 takes responsibility and NOBODY mentions it?

  100. Why was that allowed to happen? I guess on the other hand, if belichek was getting the steelers coaching feed and had won, he would’ve been cheating. So, steelers were listening to the pats coaches the whole first half and still lost?

  101. Of course the Pats cheated, NFL and now higher courts have been covering for them for almost two decades. The real story is that nobody cares because the Patriot name is always and will always be synonymous with cheating and winning. It’s not if you cheat and it’s not if you get caught. It’s who cheats and who gets caught. Free pass for life Belichick.

  102. Get over it!! The Patriots are cheaters and we all known it! Does the league control the airwaves? NO!! Does it happen in other stadiums? Not that anyone claims! Belecheat did not complain after until after he was told about Steelers complaint!

  103. Been going on for years. As someone who does AV for a living—this ain’t that hard. Is everyone up there really that dumb? I guess they are, or it was intentional and meant to frustrate opponents for an edge. Nah, that would never happen. Steelers D forgot how to tackle and apparently forgot what jersey Gronknwas wearing. Sad effort on D. I also saw the right tackle for Steelers just stand up and step aside without making and effort on that crucial 3rd and goal. No one even commented. Makes me wonder about these games sometimes. Terrible play. Either way, Pats are a way better team.

  104. Let’s see, 2 missed field goals, blown trick play, multiple dropped passes.

    yeah, blame the com system. Maybe, just maybe you’re not a very good coach.

  105. While the nfl may control the headsets. That he patriots still have the ability to frequency jam.

    Think of it like an fm transmitters for your car, you can program any frequency and override the radio station with your iPod music. Jammers work in a similar manner.

  106. The league issued a statement saying the issues were fixed after the 1st quarter AND that they are the ones who handle the coaches communications, but I guess those facts are meaningless…

  107. Wahhh, forgot how to give hand signals, or relay in plays?

    ——————————————————————

    You want Tomlin to actually coach instead of trip somebody or pitch a hissy fit? Someone get Tomlin a binky.

  108. The NFL provides the headsets and controls the frequencies. Those are facts.

    I also love how you’ve left out BB’s post game comments saying the Pats were also having headset issues throughout the game .

  109. Communication problems occur regularly at Foxborough. It is never fixed and just keeps on happening. I think the opposing coaches have a right to be angry. The simple solution is to use fiber optic cables between the field and the coaches box. Electrical to optical converters are cheap.

  110. He should be more ticked off at that highschool level defense and the trick play on offense which took them out of field goal range in the first half.

    How do you, at the highest level of professional football, forget to cover the #1 weapon on the opposing team on multiple occasions? Especially after talking about stopping the guy all week?

    Forget about jamming the guy at the line of scrimmage, start with the basics, like trying to cover him during a play.

  111. The NFL is responsible for the balls.

    The NFL is responsible for the headsets.

    The NFL is responsible for locker room security.

    The anti-Patiots bs is a big lie. 31 other teams can’t compete at the Patriots level and that lack of parity is the real issue.

  112. Cheater fans can act like dopes and deny and defend there scumbag team but obviously things go on at foxboro that don’t happen anywhere else. So you can puff your chests out and continue to try to convince yourselves that your teams wins aren’t from cheating but the rest of the teams fans know better. It’s not jealousy it’s the fact that the rest of the teams at least have some integrity while the cheaters have none.

  113. Brady played a great game. No doubt about it. Was fired up and electric to watch. Easily creeping up into the number 2 or 3 QB’s all time.

    With that said, doesn’t ANYONE (outside of NE) find it increasingly ridiculous that these types of occurrences keep happening to Patriots opponents?

    First it was the Ravens “whining,” then it was the colts “whining,” now it’s the Steelers “whining.”
    Three seperate teams? I wouldn’t call them jealous, all 3 franchises have ‘recently’ won a SB.

    IDK about the rest of you, but life has definitely taught me you fool me once, shame on you.You fool me twice, shame on me. You fool me three times? I’m a freaking idiot.

    Thumbs down all you want….

    …But calling it like I see it. Steelers are a standup franchise that really just want to play smashmouth and win; you could plainly see Tomlin’s frustration. As much as the Patriots win and we all think it’s great to watch; it’s a shame that during Patriots fans lifetimes everywhere outside of NE no one will ever view your dominance with complete legitimacy.

    (NOT a steelers fan).

  114. @refswin:
    I totally agree with you that tonight of all night, there is no way the Pats would do anything wrong. Its an employee who did not receive the memo that they were not to cheat for a few games. I respect the Steelers six legit Super Bowl

  115. In a statement released Thursday night, NFL spokesman Michael Signora said both teams’ communications equipment is provided by the league.

    “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,” the statement read. “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.”

    AHA! The weather machine!

  116. Moot point.

    The Patriots can do no wrong — on the field and off the field.

    I can imagine Mike Tomlin’s frustration, and it’s not a good look for New England.

    But it’d be a better look if Tomlin had taken the high road.

    The Pats already have a history of these kinds of shenanigans.

    Tomlin didn’t have to say anything. His comments just made it look like sour grapes.

  117. Tomlin is such a loser. We know the trip was intentional. The tape doesn’t like…like you do. The NFL provides the headsets and runs the communication during all games. It has nothing to do with the stadium or the Patriots. Sour grapes because your “gameplan” was to stop Gronk, and you failed miserably.

  118. League controls the headsets…
    League wouldn’t mind Patriots appearing guilty of something one week after Berman ruling…
    Well played, League!

  119. nyjetsfan08 says:

    Quit crying. You should be thrilled to listen to the Pats radio broadcast. I’m sure they had better ideas on how to stop Brady than your coaching staff did.
    ——————————————————-

    The Steelers were getting the Pats BROADCAST not their play calls.

    It’s interesting that the rain only causes headset issues in NE and not in other cities when it rains.

  120. These kind of problems occur all the time around the league with every team in every stadium. NBC could have hammered that fact home but they chose to stir the pot by acting like it’s something that’s wildly unusual and suspect. And some dopey fans get their pants in a twist over something they’ve all seen happen a thousand times before in a thousand different games between teams not named the Patriots.

  121. Via NFL spokesman Michael Signora, the NFL said the issue was because of a power infrastructure issue at the stadium.

    The statement reads: 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. 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.

  122. The NFL needs to remove this team and replace them with a team in LA. How much can one team consistently do to tarnish the game? This team has terrible, gutless ownership, management, players, and fans. This team is loaded with cheaters, liars, murderers and everything else. Time to go. But u know Patriots fans, blame Goodell.

  123. Do people not understand that we we were watching the game? Comm down for MOST of the 1st 1/2? Another lie.
    The NFL controls the comm system. The NFL. Can these guys do anything right? More probable than not the NFL messed up the comm intentionally to give Collinsworth something to yap about.

    Ted Wells, where are you buddy?

  124. I have been a steelers fan for over 40 years and to make much of this is silly . You don’t need a radio to know that 87 needs to be covered every play and that 11 prolly needs to be chucked hard and allowed a free release every down . I am optimistic that the young steelers defense will progress as the season plays out but making excuses about the radio will not help them grow. On the bright side that steelers offensive line looks terrific and mike munchak needs to ask for a raise .

  125. The NFL is up to their usual dirty stuff to try to make the Pats look like they are cheating. Investigate the NFL.

  126. refoin says:
    Sseas 2015 12:10 AM
    If anyone thinks that the Patriots intentionally did anything outside of the rules tonight of all nights when the league office is just begging for any reason to punish them, they need help.
    —————-

    Actually what better night to stick it to the league? Nothing like a little “technical difficulties” to get under Roger’s skin on prime time tv the first game of the season. There’s been headset issues, scoreboard glitches (vs Baltimore in the AFC championship game a few years back), “faulty” footballs, etc. – but if the lights can go off for 45 minutes in the middle of the Super Bowl, on a worldwide stage in front of millions of viewers, I guess anything is possible.

  127. Oh is that why they tried to run that ridiculous Fleaflicker or why the kicker can’t make a 40 yard field goal?

  128. If the NFL, a billion dollar organization, didn’t know the impact of weather on a football…

    you really think they would know how to switch “frequencies” on a wireless headset when you get interference??

    This was such a simple fix of their own equipment. I suspect they spent more time trying to find wrong-doing, than fixing the problem

  129. Maybe the NFL and Goodell should have spent the $5 million they wasted on Wells and made sure every stadium’s communication systems operate properly.

    That wouldnt feed into the soap opera the NFL is trying to sell.

  130. dynastyposeiden says:
    Sep 11, 2015 8:07 AM

    I have been a steelers fan for over 40 years and to make much of this is silly . You don’t need a radio to know that 87 needs to be covered every play and that 11 prolly needs to be chucked hard and allowed a free release every down . I am optimistic that the young steelers defense will progress as the season plays out but making excuses about the radio will not help them grow. On the bright side that steelers offensive line looks terrific and mike munchak needs to ask for a raise
    —-
    Good to see there are real football fans still in Pittsburgh. Well said. Good luck & hope to see you again in January.

  131. Yo Goodell I thought you were so concerned about protecting the integrity of the game?

    Why then do you have no problem paying Wells $45 million to cover your ineptitude yet you cant spend a few million on goal line cams and ensuring every Stadium has the state of the art communication system?

    Thats what you get when you have incompetent people in decision making positions.

  132. Folks, you’re being played. What we have here is HATEgate. The NFL, and its shills like ESPN, are following the time-honored and effective tradition of demonizing the other. The world’s conflicts all exist because of it.

    You’re being played.

  133. I play guitar for a pastime. We have a very strong radio signal coming from a radio station on a high hill in town. When I plug my guitar into my amplifier, sometimes, you can hear the broadcast of the station. This has to do with the station broadcasting, and the signal strength it was using. I think if you “shield” the communications sources, then it either gets lower, or goes away entirely.
    But the NFL handles all of these communications. Each team is given the headsets before the game, set up by the NFL. This isn’t a Patriots problem, this is another NFL problem.
    And jeez, who doesn’t want to hear a Zo-Gasm.

  134. If you always have the same problem, why don’t you have a plan in place to counter it? Also, was the headset working when you called that flea-flicker that blew up in your face and killed a good drive? That was the turning point in the game. You’d probably be better off allowing Big Ben to call your plays, and just disregard the headsets. Oh, and one more thing. Guard that big guy #87.

  135. Amazing that they turned the Patriot head sets off to make it even. The Refs NEVER would have done that in the past. For that, I am glad. That will cost the Patriots 2-3 games this year – the change in officiating.

  136. Would Big Ben please send over a list of the “unwritten rules” he was babbling about between sobs?
    _____________________________
    Right! And why didn’t the ref throw the unwritten flag?

  137. in the context of being right after the game, it comes off as sour grapes, however, the headset issue at gillette has been a running joke in league circles for years. multiple articles i’ve read in the past have referenced the “its not if, it’s when” the headset malfunctions at gillette. I wonder if more teams will come forward with similar issues because tomlin isn’t alone in that thought process.

  138. kremis says:
    Sep 11, 2015 12:11 AM
    Tomlin should be mad about:
    Losing to tim Tebow years ago in the playoffs
    Not winning a playoff game in years since being Tebowed out of the playoffs
    Stepping on the field to stop a td return by Baltimore
    ——————————————————————-
    It really bugs you that Pittsburgh has six superbowls, huh? I feel bad for you too buddy.

  139. rahavort says:
    Sep 11, 2015 9:04 AM
    Tomlin angry that they lost, but glad he has headset issue to try and make himself look better with excuses
    ___________

    I’m neither a Steelers nor Patriots fan. I’m sure Tomlin was angry they lost.

    That said, an NFL staff NOT having it’s communications available for an entire half is a really big deal. If a coach has a right to be upset about something, this would be one of those somethings.

    And we have no idea if the Patriots faced the same problem, except for Belichek saying they did, which I believe without question. 🙂

  140. thecape15 says:
    Sep 11, 2015 9:26 AM
    Would Big Ben please send over a list of the “unwritten rules” he was babbling about between sobs?
    _____________________________

    One of those would be not running up scores and/or not throwing 30 yard pass plays when a team is up by 30. You know, stuff we all learned playing youth football.

  141. mike83ri says:
    Sep 11, 2015 12:20 AM
    The sour grapes in this league are incredible.
    ________________________________

    Why is it sour grapes? An NFL staff not having its communications working for an entire half is a REALLY big deal. Especially when playing a) on the road, b) in a loud stadium, c) against a Conference rival, d) on a very loud night in that stadium, e) on a very rainy night and f) this appears to be a recurring problem at Gillette.

    Even BEFORE the game, sports radio was talking about the well known communications issues at Gillette (Dansby, Del Rio).

    I would suggest reciprocity. For every minute that the visiting team’s communication is out at Gillette, the Patriots will forfeit their communications for an equal amount of time (at the same juncture of the game) on their next road game. Fair is fair.

    In an age when my car has 4G wifi and Will I Am can dj an entire concert from his Apple Watch, there’s zero excuse why the NFL can’t get a communications system working at an open air NFL stadium.

  142. Does anyone else find it funny that the only apparent source of ‘Patriots staff had communication issues too’ was Bill Belichek?

    Let’s ask the fox why there are some hens missing from the henhouse.

  143. Tomlin said that N.E. executed better than the Steelers. He said the headset issue is always a problem at Foxborough. He would not say anything more on the subject. I think it’s no secret that Foxborough has a reputation about their headset function-ability. Anything made of “headsetgate” is entirely media driven.

  144. Well Mike since you’re a man of integrity and would never do something for a competitive advantage like say walk onto the field of play and disrupt a kick return, I understand why you’re so upset…

    #loser

  145. No one outside the Patriot echo chamber believes for one second that they had headset trouble also.
    The Patriots cheat like the Seahawks mug receivers… Every single play, figuring they won’t get punished (or even caught) each time they do it.

  146. Via Raoport:
    “Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wasn’t thrilled with his team’s play in Thursday’s loss to the Steelers, and he wasn’t happy about headset communication problems at Gillette Stadium.

    “We were listening to the Patriots’ radio broadcast for the majority of the first half on our headset,” Tomlin said, pointing out that radio problems are “always the case” in Foxborough.

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick essentially agreed with Tomlin.

    “We had a lot of problems,” Belichick said. “We had to switch microphones a couple times. Our communication system was not very good.”

    Belichick said it was a problem all night and the officials told him they were on the verge of shutting the communication system down.”

    It affected both teams and lasted longer than a quarter. It’s an NFL equipment issue as they provide the headsets and frequencies used.

  147. rollotomasi14 says:
    Sep 11, 2015 8:01 AM
    Good coaches deal with the problem and overcome it.
    _______

    You are kidding right? Coaches not being able to communicate with their staffs is a REALLY big deal.

    Apparently this is a recurring problem at Gillette.

    Even the field. For every minute that a visiting team has issues at Gillette, the Patriots will not have communication for that exact time period during their next road game.

    Simple.

  148. troy43mvp says:
    Sep 11, 2015 9:47 AM
    Tomlin said that N.E. executed better than the Steelers. He said the headset issue is always a problem at Foxborough. He would not say anything more on the subject. I think it’s no secret that Foxborough has a reputation about their headset function-ability. Anything made of “headsetgate” is entirely media driven.
    ———————–

    The headsets are an issue that happens around the league. It’s an equipment issue. The NFL should upgrade their equipment

  149. 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.

  150. Yes, the NFL is in charge of headsets. Still, it is possible for the team that controls the facility to jam said headsets with another signal. Please find a new excuse as this one is tenuous at best.

  151. videotapes, deflating footballs, and now headset tampering. don’t forget the ny giants were accused of listening in on the vikings in the 2000 nfc championship game.

    i wonder what is next…i bet somebody accuses the patriots of spiking the opposing teams gatorade…gatorgate

  152. igotgamenj says:
    Sep 11, 2015 12:25 AM
    Really you have all year to get the headsets to work. Biggest stage on opening night and the communications are down only in New England !
    ===================================
    The coms were working ok at all the other games Thursday night?

  153. CryGate

    There were communication problems all over the NFL on Sunday

    There were barely any media reports about this and most competent coaches and players were prepared as this happens frequently

    You just don’t hear anyone else complain because they didn’t need an excuse as to why they suffered a humiliating loss

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