Pittsburgh Fails To Communicate In Cleveland

When you’re watching tonight’s Sunday Night Football contest between the Steelers and Browns, keep a close eye on Ben Roethlisberger, specifically if he has his hands over his earholes and is looking towards his sideline in frustration. No, he’s not throwing a hissy fit because he doesn’t like the play. He probably just couldn’t hear the play. Like usual.

Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin

You see, for some unknown reason, whenever the Steelers head into Cleveland, the communications device in their quarterback’s helmet seems to malfunction. Strange …


There are other ways teams cheat besides the Patriots’ videotaping espionage. We blew the whistle on the crowd noise that was being amplified illegally in Indianapolis by the Colts three years ago, and they stopped doing it.

Here’s another: Steelers players say privately that whenever they play in Cleveland, they almost always have problems with the communicator in the quarterback’s helmet.

The system is used so a coach can call the plays without signaling them in or sending in a messenger guard. He merely barks the play call into the quarterback’s helmet. A new rule this year allows the defense to have such a helmet, too.

Funny how they always crash in Cleveland, the players say. We were told to watch Ben Roethlisberger often looking at the plays on his wrist/forearm in Cleveland because the receiver on his helmet did not work, and his coach had to signal a play. It’s one reason Steelers QBs have the plays on a sheet wrapped around their forearm.

AOL FANHOUSE thinks the Steelers are accusing the Browns on somehow blocking their signals using nefarious means. As for us, we’ll place blame where we always do: The Angry Ghost of Bernie Kosar. (Wait, he’s still alive?) Then again, maybe they’re just in a dead zone and need to get the Verizon network!

In any case, whatever they’re doing isn’t working. In four career games in Cleveland, Roethlisberger has 7 TD passes vs. only one interception, an average of a 198 yards passing and a 100.87 QB rating. The Browns might want to try Plan B: Actually playing defense.