Report: Bills to blame for coach-to-quarterback radio issues

Monday October 26th, 2015

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan complained about issues with the team’s coach-to-quarterback radio headsets after Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars in London, but the problem was easily avoidable, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports.

Quarterback EJ Manuel’s in-helmet radio worked poorly at times and cut out completely at other times. Ryan called the situation “absolutely miserable” and “unacceptable,” according to the Buffalo News. Florio reports that the issues arouse because Buffalo wasn’t using fully charged batteries and that it is the team’s responsibility to check the batteries.

“I wouldn't say it was the entire game,” Ryan added, according to the News, “but it was a majority of the game. It was unbelievable. Had everything—static, you couldn't hear anything. A frustrating time obviously in those circumstances. That's why you saw EJ having to come and run over to get the call with [offensive coordinator] Greg [Roman] trying to yell it into him quite a few times.”

The Bills fell in an early hole, thanks in large part to three costly turnovers by Manuel. They scored 28 unanswered points to take a 31–27 lead but Allen Hurns scored the game-winning touchdown for Jacksonville with 2:16 left to play. 

- Dan Gartland

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