The New England Patriots’ headsets apparently were not working during their 35-17 victory against 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 toward 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 (McDaniels) will say, ‘What is 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.
Thursday afternoon, tight end Rob Gronkowski became the first member of the Patriots to actually defend Microsoft’s tablets.
Gronk on if he prefers tablets or hard photos: “If the tablet’s working, I like the tablet.”
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) October 20, 2016
Gronkowski did set a career-high with 162 receiving yards Sunday.