Ben McAdoo: Giants 'working with the league' on Walkieleaks probe

Ben McAdoo may as well be instituting radio silence on the Walkieleaks drama.

While the head coach acknowledged that the league office was investigating the Giants’ use of walkie-talkies during the team’s 10-7 win over the Cowboys on Sunday, he declined to get into details about the situation.

“We’ve touched base with the league; we’re working through it right now,” the head coach said. “I don’t have anything to add, but we are working with the league on the incident.”

He was then asked a slew of questions related to the matter: Was he aware of the rule beforehand? What could you do with the walkie-talkie? When did you learn the league was investigating? To all those questions, McAdoo answered with a variation of “I’m not talking about the incident.”

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McAdoo did say this is the first time the communications system has gone out for him this year.

A league source confirmed that the NFL was investigating but noted that the Cowboys did not file a formal complaint against the Giants for the walkie-talkie use. The source also noted that a potential fine is possible, but did not specify if the team, McAdoo or both could be fined.

Of course, if a fine is just levied against the team, McAdoo and the Giants could consider that simply a small price to pay in order for the head coach to talk to his quarterback. After all, fines may require Steve Tisch and John Mara to write a check, but don’t actually influence the team’s ability to win games. Asked if he thought a fine was much of a deterrent at all, McAdoo said, “Listen, we’re working through the league, doing the best we can right now to help the investigation and we’ll move on when we can move on.”

Ben McAdoo didn’t answer many questions regarding the walkie-talkie controversy.

Ben McAdoo didn’t answer many questions regarding the walkie-talkie controversy.

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Whether or not the Giants violated the league rules, it certainly wasn’t an overly critical matter. The team used the walkie-talkies on four or five plays, and the Cowboys said it didn’t sway the game.

NFL investigating Giants use of two-way radio against Cowboys

“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,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “If you’re asking me if it affected the outcome of the game? No.”

The reason the league prohibits walkie-talkies is because there is no way to cut off communication between the head coach and player once the play clock has 15 seconds left on it, as is the case with the normal communication.

The equity rule does not apply to in-game coach-to-player communication outages like the Giants faced on Sunday, so the Cowboys were not required to turn off their coach-to-player system.

The NFL upgraded its communications system this year in hopes of having fewer system outages and problems.

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