The NFL is heavily considering and expected to approve a new rule allowing a defensive player to have a radio in his helmet during games next year. Of course, this means one more odd-looking green dot on the field of play on Sundays.
The WASHINGTON POST reports that, as with any new proposed rule, 2/3 of the owners will have to approve allowing the radio in the helmet. It’ll basically connect one player to the coach or defensive coordinator (my guess is the team’s middle linebacker will be the one receiving the plays more often than not.)
Also, as is required of any piece on radio communication for the defense, makes the obligatory references to the Jets’ signals being videotaped by the Patriots.
“That should push this [approval of the proposal] over the top,” said the owner, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the controversial nature of the topic and the recent congressional interest in it. “If there are no defensive signals, there’s nothing to steal and nothing to videotape. I’m sure the league will want this and that should get it done.“
Will we ever run out of things we can blame on the Pats and/or Bill Belichick? I think we’ve got at least another year of mileage on this tactic.