Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates took a swipe at the Patriots on Thursday when discussing some of headset issues that have plagued the Jets this season. Bates admitted that the Jets have had to call timeouts in each of the first three games due to faulty headsets.
“I’m not making excuses, but three times our headsets failed us,” Bates said. “Not throwing anyone under the bus, but the button stopped working. We’ve tried to correct it. Obviously, we understand that that can happen anytime, especially in New England.”
The Jets don’t play in Foxborough until Week 17, but they did face Bill Belichick disciple Matt Patricia in the season opener in Detroit. Gang Green implemented hand signals in the spring to use in case of these types of technical difficulties.
“We test it before the game, just sometimes it fails,” Bates said. “It’s technology. It’s part of the business. We have to do a better job, I agree, at having a plan when it does fail… There’s sometimes radio interference. It’s just part of the business I guess.”
“I’ve always said that it’s amazing,” Bates added. “I don’t know how to do it, but I guess you can FaceTime people in China, but our headsets go out.”
Todd Bowles didn’t seem overly concerned with the early technical snafus at home and on the road.
“It’s part of the game,” Todd Bowles said. “It happens every year. There’s quite a few games that it happens in. So that’s something you have to adjust. That’s why you go over (hand) signals all the time, and you kind of move on from there. That’s part of technology. It’s going to be around for a long time, so that’s not a big deal. We just adjust and move on.”