NFL Investigating New York Giants’ Illegal Walkie-Talkie Use During Cowboys Game
During the second half of Sunday night’s win over the Cowboys, the New York Giants reportedly had technical difficulties with the headset inside quarterback Eli Manning’s helmet and needed a quick fix to finish the game.
Manning was forced to use a back-up helmet to communicate with coach Ben McAdoo, who used a handheld walkie-talkie to signal in the plays.
According to a report from The New York Post, the NFL is expected to fine the Giants for the use of that walkie-talkie.
The radio transmitter in Manning’s helmet malfunctioned for a handful of plays early in the fourth quarter. McAdoo then used a walkie-talkie and relayed the plays into Manning. The Cowboys filed a formal request to the league to investigate. When using a walkie-talkie, NFL officials cannot ensure that, in compliance with league rules, the communication between the sideline and the quarterback shuts off when 15 seconds remain on the play clock.
The league is acting on the Cowboys’ request to look into the matter.
“I’m kind of sitting there waiting for the play and it was a TV timeout, I went to the sideline, ‘Hey, you got a play for me?’ ’’ Manning told The Post on Thursday after practice. “He was going and I’m not hearing it. We had another minute and then it popped on right before we were going to start.’’
“I just wasn’t getting anything, so I had to run to the sideline to get the plays,’’ Manning said. “Four plays maybe, we don’t have signals for stuff. It happened to be all run plays. If it’s pass plays, [backup quarterback Ryan] Nassib or somebody could signal them to me. I had to run to the sideline, sometimes he was giving it to Odell [Beckham Jr.] right there, and Odell would run to me and get the play in. Like high school.”
Somehow the Patriots will be blamed for this.
— Troy Hughes™ (@TommySledge) December 12, 2016