The New England Patriots’ headsets apparently were not working during their 35-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6.
“Both offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia were left signaling in plays after the coach-player communication system proved so unreliable the team stopped banking on it to be of any use,” CSN New England’s Tom. E. Curran wrote after the game.
The Patriots’ tablets also went out on the sidelines during the second quarter of their AFC Championship loss in Denver this past January. Belichick sounded off on his team’s technological issues during his Tuesday press conference.
On Wednesday, Tom Brady told reporters he’s more indifferent towards the tablets.
“I’ve never been too much of a picture/tablet — I kind of know what I see. I see out there and as soon as I come off the field, Josh [McDaneils] will say, ‘What as it?’ and I’ll say, ‘Oh, they did this and this guy dropped.’ I’ll peek at them from time to time with Josh,” Brady said.
“It’s great for the coaches because they have a different angle,” he continued. “It’s hard to see when you’re seeing from the sideline. When you’re out there playing, a lot of times I can come over and tell Josh, ‘This is what happened and here’s why we did that.’
Maybe to verify some fronts and stuff like that to make sure of where guys are shaded and identification, because in our system, we always set the scheme of blocking on every play, so we just want to makes rue we git set the right way so that everyone can really be deployed the right way. That’s where the pictures probably help me.”
Brady is off to a blistering start to the season, completing 57-of-75 passes for 782 yards and 6 touchdowns.