According to Troy Hughes of CBS Sports radio 103.5 the Fan in Dallas, the Cowboys filed a formal complaint this week and asked to the league to investigate the situation.
Under NFL rules, coaches aren’t allowed to use any type of two-way radio during a game. Giants head coach Ben McAdoo broke that rule in the fourth quarter when he started using a walkie-talkie after the radio went down in Eli Manning’s helmet.
Now the reason why this is such a big deal isn’t really the use of a walkie-talkie instead of a headset, because it’s not. It’s because the NFL cuts off all radio communication with the helmet once the play clock hits 15 seconds. That means that the quarterback doesn’t have any communication with his coach in the final 15 seconds before a play is run.
However, since McAdoo had a walkie-talkie, there was no way for the NFL to enforce the 15-second rule.
According to ESPN.com, which also reported the investigation, the Cowboys didn’t even technically have to file a complaint because the NFL was already looking into the Giants’ potential violation of the rules.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones clearly wasn’t happy with the fact that the Giants were using walkie-talkies on the sideline.
“We don’t comment on things like that, but it’s obvious to everybody what happened, and my understanding is it’s being looked into and handled,” Jones told ESPN.
As for Eli Manning he claimed he had no idea that McAdoo was using a walkie-talkie. “I don’t know when he was on the walkie-talkie or not. I just knew it was back in my ear, and we were going.”
Manning then contradicted himself by saying that his radio was only down for about four plays during the fourth quarter and that’s when McAdoo used the walkie-talkie.
“I just wasn’t getting anything, so I had to run to the sideline to get the plays,” Manning told the New York Post this week. “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.”
The Giants are also under investigation for allegedly being tuned to the same channel that the Cowboys were on and were reportedly listening to each play call by Dallas before it happened. Which really raises some eyebrows as the Giants fourth quarter defense is what truly won them the game.
On their four drives in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys punted twice, fumbled once and turned the ball over on downs on their final drive. The New York Giants would then go onto beat the Cowboys 10-7 and prevent Dallas from clinching the NFC East.
If the Giants are found to be in violation for NFL rules for walkie-talkiegate, any punishment would be at the league’s discretion.