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NFL will test new coach communication system at Pro Bowl

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On-field communications between coaches has been a problem during certain games this season, but the NFL is working toward implementing a new communications system that could help solve those issues.

Every game, all season

At next week's Pro Bowl, the NFL will test a new and improved coach-to-coach communication system, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. If the test goes smoothly, the new system could be implemented for the 2016 season. The hope is the new system will end in-game communication issues that have been experienced by some teams.

The new system has already been tested in several stadiums this season, Rapoport added.

During the 2015 season opener between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots, coaches on both sidelines each had issues with their headsets.

"We were listening to the Patriots' radio broadcast for the majority of the first half on our headset," Tomlin said, pointing out that radio problems are "always the case" at Gillette Stadium.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said his coaching staff encountered issues communicating with quarterback Alex Smith during the team's Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

If the new system works well, postgame complaints such as Tomlin's could be history.

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