NFL will investigate Steelers' headset issue at Gillette Stadium

Ryan Hannable
September 11, 2015 - 7:46 am
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[caption id="attachment_97198" align="alignright" width="400"]Steelers coach Mike Tomlin took issue with the headsets Thursday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin took issue with the headsets Thursday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)[/caption] There will be another investigation surrounding the Patriots. The NFL released a statement Friday morning reading: The coaches'€™ communications equipment, including the headsets, is provided by the NFL for both clubs use on game day. €œThe home team is responsible for the installation and maintenance of that equipment. Every team'€™s game day communications personnel are required to work with the NFL communications consultants to ensure wireless equipment is free and clear of interference and address any problems. Technological and stadium infrastructure issues of this type happen at many stadiums around the league and whenever there are issues of this nature, we do a thorough review. During the first half of Thursday's game, Steelers coaches were getting the Patriots'€™ radio broadcast in their headsets instead of communications from their own staff. Coach Mike Tomlin was irate after the game. "That'€™s always the case," Tomlin said referring to Gillette Stadium. "We were listening to the Patriots radio broadcast for the majority of the first half. On our headsets," he added. The Steelers' official team website went further into what happened, saying communications problems started and stopped repeatedly. "This is the kind of stuff that happens to the visiting team in Gillette Stadium all the time," the article said. "From the start of the game through the opening 14 minutes of the first quarter, the Steelers'€™ coaches'€™ headsets were receiving the Patriots Radio Network broadcast of the game. The broadcast was so loud that the Steelers coaches were unable to communicate, and the NFL rule is that if one team'€™s headsets are not working the other team is supposed to be forced to take their headsets off. It'€™s what the NFL calls the Equity Rule. Strangely enough, whenever an NFL representative proceeded to the New England sideline to shut down their headsets, the Steelers headsets cleared. Then as the representative walked away from the New England sideline, the Steelers'€™ headsets again started to receive the Patriots game broadcast." Following the game Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the Patriots had issues too. On Friday's conference call he addressed it again -- calling it "not an uncommon problem." "We ended up hardwiring a couple of our headsets to eliminate the wireless part of it," he said. "It'€™s not an uncommon problem. We ended up having to signal some of our plays offensively. We couldn'€™t get them in. We look at it as something you have to be ready for every week, and we practice it '€” home, away, I don'€™t think there'€™s really any common denominator on that." DraftKings Kick off this football season with the biggest fantasy football contest ever on DraftKings! Prizes worth $10 million are up for grabs, including $2 million for first AND $1 million for second! PLAY IN THE WEEK 1 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, CLICK HERE.