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Tomlin fumes after Steelers headset issues vs. Patriots

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Tomlin fumes after Steelers headset issues vs. Patriots

FOXBORO -- The Patriots won their fourth straight game dating back to last season’s playoffs. And -- more importantly -- they kept intact their hot streak of having dispatched opponents go infantile in the postgame.
 
Both teams were plagued by headset communication problems throughout the game. Patriot paranoia won the day. An in-game report on NBC that Steelers coaches were hearing the Patriots radio broadcast on their headsets was the match dropped near the leaking gas line.
 
After the internet flamed for a couple of hours about the cheating Patriots, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin rolled another tank of propane into the flames, threw more gas on the fire, intimating that it’s more than coincidence that the Steelers have headset problems when they visit Gillette.
 
“That’s always the case,” Tomlin said in clipped fashion when asked about communication issues.
 
Asked for clarification, Tomlin said, “I said what I said.”
 
What were they listening to?
 
“We were listening to the Patriots radio broadcast for the majority of the first half,” said Tomlin.
 
Show ponies?
 
“Coach-to-coach,” said Tomlin.
 
Tomlin was fuming and – if a picture says a thousand words – the one of Tomlin speaking to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick after the game says he was directing some of the fumes at Belichick.
 
Belichick had fumes of his own. He said the Patriots were also experiencing technical difficulties.
 
"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. Yeah, they told us they were on the verge of shutting it off, but then 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."
 
Asked if he was every told what the issue was, Belichick replied: "No, we never get that answer. They just try to fix it, and they tell you it's up or it's down or whatever. I don't know. That's not really a very strong area for me is technology."
 
The NFL released a statement after the game. It did not note that the Patriots had communication issues. It sandwiched in the information that “communications equipment, including headsets is provided by the NFL for both clubs use on game day.”
 
“In the first quarter of tonight’s game, the Pittsburgh coaches experienced interference in their headsets caused by a stadium power infrastructure issue, which was exacerbated by the inclement weather. The coaches’ communications equipment, including the headsets, is provided by the NFL for both clubs use on game day. Once the power issue was addressed, the equipment functioned properly with no additional issues.”
 
This, of course, becomes the roadkill elk that feeds us media crows over the next few days and we will dutifully chronicle Spygate, Deflategate, all urban myths and real transgressions related to the Belichick Patriots.
 
Never mind that this stuff happens, as the LA Times details. (Truckers and pizza delivery men on the headsets in other stadiums? Check.)
 
The article that set the agenda for this week was an ESPN opus dredging up eight-year-old accusations related to Spygate.

Terrell Owens 'would love to talk to (Antonio Brown) personally'

Terrell Owens 'would love to talk to (Antonio Brown) personally'

Antonio Brown is no longer a member of the New England Patriots and declared that he is done with the NFL in a tweetstorm on Sunday morning. But it seems that the NFL might not quite be done with him.

There have been rumors that several teams would be interested in signing Brown pending his legal situation. And now, one of the best receivers in the NFL history, Terrell Owens, is expressing an interest in talking with him amid his recent issues on and off the field.

"I would love to talk to (Antonio Brown) personally," Owens said recently, per Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area. "We all go through life and we are going to make mistakes. They are going to be things that we look back upon. I am sure he will get to that point in his life but he has to do what’s best for himself. I understand to a degree what he’s doing and what’s going on with him."

Owens, of course, had numerous run-ins with his coaches and the media over the course of his NFL career. His flamboyant personality and propensity for showboating did get him an excess of media attention, so from that perspective, he understands Brown.

Owens would go on to say that anything he shares with Brown would be "private" and that he viewed Brown as innocent until proven guilty.

"If I share anything with Antonio it will be in private," Owens said. "Antonio is a good friend of mine it is unfortunate what is going on. I will say the guy is innocent until proven guilty just even with everything that has transpired with him."

We'll see if anything comes out of Owens' attempts to connect with Brown. Either way, Brown is no longer with the Patriots after his antics and it remains to be seen if another NFL team will actually be willing to take a chance on him.

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Phillip Dorsett believes he caught the target/reception streak-ending pass vs Jets

Phillip Dorsett believes he caught the target/reception streak-ending pass vs Jets

Phillip Dorsett came into Sunday's matchup with the Jets holding a Patriots franchise-best streak of consecutive targets caught. Developing trust with Tom Brady is paramount for any receiver on this team, and if Dorsett's 23-target reception streak proved anything, it was that Brady could trust him. 

Dorsett extended his streak to 26 straight targets caught with two short gainers and a 25-yard touchdown against the Jets, but the streak ended in controversial fashion during the third quarter. 

Attempting to convert on third down, Brady threw a low pass to Dorsett that the wide receiver managed to corral for a first down. However, the pass was called incomplete and the ruling was upheld after further review. 

After the game, Dorsett explained how he thought he made the catch, but he was more upset the ruling cost his team a third-down conversion. 

Dorsett finished with six catches on the day for 53 yards and a touchdown, increasing his impressive season totals to 13 catches for 187 yards and three touchdowns. As Dorsett and Josh Gordon continue to come into their own with Brady, the Patriots offense should find the task of replacing Rob Gronkowski a bit easier.

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