NFL Expected To Fine Giants For Use Of Walkie-Talkies

SUNDAY, 10:05am: ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirms that the Giants are expected to be fined for the walkie-talkie incident, but he reports that Big Blue is not expected to lose a draft pick for the infraction. Officials from rival clubs, according to Schefter, do not believe a fine is sufficient punishment. McAdoo has declined to provide further details.

SATURDAY, 10:35am: The NFL is planning to fine the Giants for the use of walkie-talkies on the sideline during last weekend’s win over the Cowboys, reports Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com. The writer notes that there’s uncertainty whether the NFL will resolve the fiasco “quickly and quietly” or launch a “full-blown investigation.”

Ben McAdooThe issue started during Sunday’s game against Dallas, when the “coach-to-quarterback system” malfunctioned, preventing quarterback Eli Manning from receiving play calls from coach Ben McAdoo. To resolve the issue, McAdoo used a walkie-talkie to communicate to Manning, which is against NFL rules. The league prevents coaches from communicating with their quarterbacks when there are less than 15 seconds remaining on the play clock, and a walkie-talkie would presumably prevent the NFL from monitoring the situation. Coaches are also not allowed to hold two-way radios during a game, although backup quarterbacks are curiously allowed to have one.

After the game, the Cowboys asked the league to investigate. Dallas hasn’t filed a formal complaint, reports ESPN.com’s Jordan Raanan, but the NFL decided to launch their own investigation.

“Start off by talking about the walkie-talkie incident in the game,” McAdoo said on Friday (via Raanan). “We’ve touched base with the league, we’re working through it right now. I don’t have anything to add, but we are working with the league on the incident.”

This specific violation is a bit unprecedented. In 2015, former Browns general manager Ray Farmer was suspended four games for sending text messages to the coaching staff during games. Meanwhile, the Falcons were fined $350K and lost a fifth-round pick for a similar violation.

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  1. stryk3istrukuout

    10-4 gate

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  2. korleone74

    thats one of the dumbest rules the NFL has….what competitive advantage did using a walkie talkie give the Giants???….NFL really needs to clean up these BS rules.

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    • arodgers661

      I’m guessing you didn’t bother reading the post?

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    • Giants51

      Bingo……

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  3. I Call it like I See It

    While I’m a Giants fan and don’t want them to get fined, it is against the rules. Something that McAdoo should have known. What’s supposed to happen is a notification to the referees and they will prohibit both teams from using the communication system until it is fixed.
    The fact that McAdoo said the he doesn’t have hand signals from the sideline to The QB in case something happens is disturbing. This was a panic move by the coach which will cost the team. Something I hope he learns from.

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  4. TJECK109

    Wait wait wait… I thought the Falcons were fined for pumping in artificial crowd noise not anything to do with use of texts or illegal communication

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  5. JustTappItIn

    Pretty soon we’ll see players and teams get fined for the way they hold their water bottles

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    • TJECK109

      Trainers getting fined for squirting to much water

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  6. Tsport

    I do not like this guy.

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  7. Which is more detrimental to a competitor ? A football that’s slightly deflated or a coach who violates NFL rules on national TV with a Walkie Talkie. He had a m advantage to speak with his quarterback after the 15 second sound to all quarterbacks are cut off prior to the ball being stopped. He had the ability to speak with his quarterback unabated. Walkie Talkies are illegal and against league rules . It amazes me how his Walkie talkie. Hooked into his players ear phone anyway . It’s interesting the media has not made anything out of this illegal act Tom Brady was crucified. The New York Giants coach cheated the Cowboys. Who knows when he stopped talking to his Q B. They did not notify the referees are anyone about their communication issues. The only team to beat Cowboys twice . Interesting!!!!!

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    • TheMichigan

      Yikes buddy yikes

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