The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are bringing modern playbook technology to the sidelines on at least an experimental basis. The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that the Bucs will become the first NFL team to replace the famous giant (or in the case of Bill Musgrave, hilariously tiny) laminated play sheets with tablets.
The Buccaneers were also the first team to use iPads in place of big, thick playbooks in three-ring binders, so it makes sense that they’d be the first to adopt tablet technology as well. Of course, there are always going to be issues any time you bring new technology to the NFL, which is filled with grumpy old football coaches who barely know how to email.
“We’re having to teach some of the coaches of a certain generational age who have been slower to adapt,” said NFL Chief Technology Officer Michelle McKenna-Doyle at the Tampa Bay Technology Forum’s Professional Women’s Networking luncheon.
You know it’s the dawning of a new age when NFL teams are replacing playsheets with tablets, and we’re quoting stuff that is said at the Tampa Bay Technology Forum’s Professional Women’s Networking Luncheon.
So many words.
It sounds cool, but on a practical basis, what will it mean to switch over from playsheets to tablets? How is a tablet better than a big laminated piece of paper for choosing which play to run?
A better question: what the hell happens when it’s December in Green Bay and your tablet keeps fogging up? Stuff fogs up in the cold. Just me, but tablets on the sidelines sounds like a terrible idea. Bill Belichick is hiring hackers even as we speak.
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