The NFL picked a curious time to beta test a new wireless pack for its coach-to-quarterback communication system.
Rather than wait until the preseason, the league used Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London to give the pack a try, a source at the NFL office confirmed Tuesday.
Was it a factor in breakdowns in the Bills' coach-to-quarterback communication, which at times forced quarterback EJ Manuel to run toward the sidelines for offensive coordinator Greg Roman to give him calls during the 34-31 loss?
It shouldn't have been, according to the NFL source.
"Buffalo’s coach-to-coach and coach-to-player systems were operating on the usual 'wired' technology that is typically used at Wembley," the source told The News. "Wireless beta testing, which was operating on a different frequency, would not have been a factor."
The source added that the NFL office typically conducts a review any time there are reported issues with the sideline communication system, and "that process is ongoing."
A report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a league source with knowledge of the situation, said the system didn't work because the Bills weren’t using batteries that were fully charged. The report also said the source noted that checking the batteries is the responsibility of the team.
"That report we had low batteries is completely bs," a Bills source told The News.