Jets OC Bates says team had headsets go out in all 3 games

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates says the team has experienced malfunctions with its sideline headsets in all three games this season.

Bates says Thursday that while he's not making excuses for on-field miscommunication in some instances, he acknowledges that the Jets have had to work around those issues at Detroit, at home against Miami and at Cleveland.

Bates adds that he and the coaches understand that technical issues can happen, "especially in New England."

The Patriots were accused by some teams — and, ultimately, cleared — a few years ago of tampering with headsets at Gillette Stadium.

The Jets have come up with a signals system to use when the headsets go out and Bates can't communicate effectively with quarterback Sam Darnold. During the team's loss at Cleveland last Thursday night, New York was forced to take a timeout to go over the signals and the play calls.


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