Sean Payton was surprised there were headset issues at Gillette Stadium during Thursday night’s game between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Those things happen often. Payton said there are at least three or four games each season when the headsets go out and the team is forced to use old-fashioned hand signals to call in plays.

“There’s two issues. There’s the wireless to the QB and linebacker and then your overall,” Payton said. “That comes up periodically and you deal with it. I don’t think it’s unusual.”

The insinuation is that these issues come up in New England more often than other places. Payton said he’s never faced issues with the communication devices while playing there.

But the idea of something not working at a stadium doesn’t surprise him.

“With all the things that are going on at a stadium, I mean, the lights went out at a Super Bowl one year,” Payton said.

Was Payton the one who turned the lights off during that Super Bowl?

“Listen, I have an alibi,” he joked.