Sometimes when a team breaks the rules, the NFL cracks down with suspensions and the loss of draft picks. Other times, the league slaps the offending team on the wrist with a fine.
For the Giants and WalkieTalkieGate, it appears that a wrist slap is in order. Multiple reports say the Giants are going to get off with just a fine.
The issue started a week ago, when Giants coach Ben McAdoo used a walkie-talkie to communicate to quarterback Eli Manning on the field. That’s against the rules, as the league has specific modes of communication that are authorized and supervised, and teams aren’t allowed to use other methods to communicate even when the officially authorized coach-to-quarterback communication system goes down, as it did for the Giants in Dallas.
It’s somewhat surprising that the league won’t come down harder on the Giants. When former Browns G.M. Ray Farmer violated an in-game communications rule by texting the coaching staff during a game, he was suspended for four games. It’s odd that one in-game communication violation results in a suspension, but another one doesn’t.
There’s no word on how much the fine will be, but suffice to say it’s not going to be an amount of money that really hurts McAdoo, who’s a millionaire, or the Giants’ owners, who are billionaires. If using walkie-talkies helped the Giants beat the Cowboys in a crucial divisional game, it will be money well spent.