FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — What else would you expect at the home of Deflategate and Spygate but … Radiogate?
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says his coaches were listening to the New England Patriots radio broadcast on their headsets for the majority of the first half of Thursday night’s game.
An upset Tomlin said after the 28-21 loss to the Patriots that he let NFL officials at the stadium handle the communications issues.
When asked if he got a satisfactory resolution, Tomlin said: “Eventually.”
Tomlin is a member of the league’s competition committee.
The issue isn’t new, Tomlin said. When asked if there were problems with the headsets, Tomlin shot back: “That’s always the case.”
When asked to specify whether he meant there at Gillette Stadium, Tomlin said: “Yes. I said what I said.”
Patriots coach Bill Belichick also was complaining about technology issues during the season opener.
Belichick said that the communication systems during the game weren’t very good. He says it was a problem all night.
He says the league was on the verge of shutting off the headsets used by coaches, but then got things fixed.
Belichick says his team deals with the issue “it seems like weekly.” He said he almost had to cut off communication with quarterback Tom Brady, who enjoyed a spectacular night in his first game after a federal judge upheld Brady’s appeal of a four-game suspension for his alleged involvement in a football deflation scheme.
The NFL released a 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.”Bill BelichickMike TomlinNew England PatriotsNFLPittsburgh SteelersRadiogate