Titans Accuse Saints of Cheating by Blowing Whistle on the Sidelines
If everything the Titans are saying about their 22-17 loss to the Saints is true, New Orleans was not exactly playing nicely. Earlier, we told you how receiver Nate Washington accused Roman Harper of being a dirty player for grabbing him by the facemask and then doing this. The second accusation is a bit more severe; Tennessee is saying a whistle was being blown from the New Orleans bench area late in the game.
Offensive lineman Jake Scott claims Dean McCondichie, the producer of the team’s television show “Titans All Access,” has evidence that it was indeed happening while the Titans were on offense.
“Dean’s got it on tape,” Scott said according to ESPN.com. “Somebody was blowing a whistle on the sideline. There is audio of it, so we’ll let it go from there. The second to last drive I think.”
“During the game we heard this whistle blowing, but they weren’t stopping the game, they just kept playing,” McCondichie explained. “They were loud enough for me to hear it on the microphone on (offensive lineman Michael Roos). They were all trying to figure out why play continued. I asked them if they knew where it came from and they said the New Orleans bench. Nobody saw it, but it was pretty loud and it was definitely a whistle.”
McCondichie said the whistle was definitely loud enough for several Titans players to hear it. The team is looking into the matter, and obviously the Saints would be facing huge penalties if the league were to determine that something like that was going on. For what it’s worth, Sean Payton and Bill Belichick are close friends.