It's a new season, but controversy is still following the New England Patriots around like a bad smell.
After the Deflate-gate saga managed to dominate headlines for months on end, with the Patriots preseason plans being disrupted by a court case that could have ended with Tom Brady missing the first four games of the season, New England would surely have been hoping to keep their noses clean in 2015.
That lasted all of the first quarter of the first game however, with a problem with the Pittsburgh Steelers' headset communications sparking suspicions of yet more Patriots 'cheating'. But Bill Belichick has spoken out to put those rumors to bed.
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Patriots Broken As Well
In his postgame press conference following New England's 28-21 win, Belichick said the issues affected their sidelines as well.
“We had a lot of problems,” Belichick said. “We had to switch headphones a couple times. The communication system wasn’t very good. We deal with that it seems like weekly."
Problem All Game
Belichick went on to add that it was a problem all night for the Patriots, with them considering changing Brady's helmet at the end of the game to get the play calls to him. He also said that he thought the Steelers had got theirs working again because they didn't switch the feeds off completely.
"Yeah, they told us they were on the verge of shutting it off, but then they, I guess they got it working. I don’t know, but it was a problem the whole game. We almost had to switch helmets with Brady there at the end – couldn’t get the plays into him. It was a problem all night.”
This is confusing because NFL Spokesman Michael Signora said that the issue was resolved after the “stadium power infrastructure issue” was addressed during the first half. If Belichick, Brady and the Steelers were still having problems at the end of the game, then the NFL might not be telling the full truth here.