Adam Schefter of ESPN, citing league sources, reports that the Giants are expected to receive a fine for illegally using walkie-talkies to communicate during their win last Sunday over the Cowboys.
According to the Schefter, the NFL has not made any final determinations on whether or not to fine the Giants or how much as of now. However, Schefter’s sources say that a fine will be coming for the Giants but they are not expected to lose a draft pick for the violation.
Schefter says that the Giants’ use of walkie-talkies “has offended various officials in other organizations who have complained privately about it throughout last week.”
NFL rules prevent coaches from holding any two-way radios during a game, even in situations where their communication system is no longer working.
One source tells Schefter that this situation was worse than former Browns GM Ray Farmer communicating with OC Kyle Shanahan in the middle of games back in 2014. The Browns lost a draft pick for this situation, so you can see why some are upset that the Giants may only receive a fine.
Giants HC Ben McAdoo was seen on the sidelines relaying calls to Eli Manning during last Sunday’s game after the communication system in Manning’s helmet was no longer working.
We’ll have more regarding potential discipline for the Giants as the news is available.