Redskins Have Headset Troubles

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 29, 2007

FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 28 -- For the third time this season, the Washington Redskins had headset problems between the coaches and quarterback Jason Campbell.

This time, though, the problems were not as severe as they were in the loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Oct. 4.

Still, any irregularities concerning the Patriots raise eyebrows. Coach Bill Belichick and the team were sanctioned for illegally videotaping the New York Jets' hand signals in the first week of the season.

Belichick was fined the league maximum $500,000 -- the largest fine ever given a coach -- and the Patriots were ordered to pay $250,000 by Commissioner Roger Goodell. The taping was discovered when a camera was confiscated from a Patriots video assistant on the sideline of New England's season-opening 38-14 victory.

On Sunday, Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs said the problems did not cause the lopsided result.

"It was intermittent and it's something that's going on right now in the NFL," Gibbs said, "and I don't think right now I should probably address it. I certainly don't want to use that as an excuse on anything that happened to us today."

Gibbs said he would report the problems to the league, as he has in the past. Campbell, who also had headset problems in the Redskins' 20-12 victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia, said the problems forced the offense to hurry on "one or two plays," and "it wasn't that big of a deal."

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