The Steelers are not planning to file a formal complaint to the NFL regarding the problems with their headsets during last night’s loss to the New England Patriots.
It was being reported earlier by various media outlets that the Steelers were planning to file a formal complaint about the communication issues, but according to Steelers PR man, Burt Lauten, this is not the case.
“We have provided information to NFL representatives regarding issues that occurred Thursday night at Gillette Stadium with our coach-to-coach headset communications system,” Lauten said in a statement. “The problem was addressed during the game and we did not have further problems in the second half. We did not file a formal complaint, nor do we plan to do so.”
Here’s what coach Tomlin had to say about it after the game.
According to Chris Adamski of the Tribune, after the Steelers notified league personnel, the NFL determined that the entire Steelers coaching staff could not communicate. According to Bob Labriola, the headsets issue was intermittent.
“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.”
This might explain some of the head-scratching moments we saw last night.