CHIEFS’ BANE: HEADPHONES
kansas city, mo.» Chiefs coach Andy Reid said his team experienced problems with headsets during Saturday’s playoff loss at New England, though they worked fine in the crucial final minutes of the game.
Reid said the problem occurred in the first half between the coaching staff and the radio in quarterback Alex Smith’s helmet.
But Reid said they cut out “just a little bit, not much” and did not think that they were anything out of the ordinary.
It’s not the first time headsets had trouble at Gillette Stadium.
In the regular-season opener, Pittsburgh personnel complained that the coaches’ headsets were filled with the Patriots’ radio broadcast of the game. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin later said his coaches have had problems with headsets every time the team plays at New England.
Cobb out of hospital
B green bay, wis.» Wide receiver Randall Cobb was released from a hospital after leaving the Packers’ playoff game Saturday night against the Cardinals with a chest injury.
The Packers’ leading receiver posted on Twitter that he was discharged from a Phoenix-area hospital after being held overnight for observation.
Cobb was hurt in the first quarter after he dived for a 51-yard catch to the Arizona 3-yard line and landed hard with his back to the turf. Cobb then spit up blood on the sideline.
“Thank you for all the prayers and support,” Cobb wrote.
Fairness on coin toss
B new york» No need to flip out over that repeated coin toss.
While there’s no NFL rule specifying the need for another flip, referee Clete Blakeman used his judgment to determine that “basic fairness” dictated that the coin should be retossed before the start of overtime of Green Bay’s game at Arizona, according to league spokesman Michael Signora.
When Blakeman tossed the coin, it never actually flipped after the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers called “tails.”
The coin landed on the ground on “heads.” Blakeman picked up the coin and reflipped it, but Rodgers said after Green Bay’s 26-20 loss that he would have called “heads” on the second toss.
Signora said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that a team “gets only one choice to declare heads or tails.”