Something tells me we won’t see New England Patriot head coach in any Microsoft commercials any time soon:
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick has called off the fight. A little more than two weeks after he was seen slamming a tablet along the sideline during a 16-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills, he is going back to an old-school approach to analyze what is happening during a game.
“As you probably noticed, I’m done with the tablets,” Belichick said in a lengthy answer during his Tuesday conference call. “I’ve given them as much time as I can give them. They’re just too undependable for me. I’m going to stick with pictures as several of our other coaches do as well, because there just isn’t enough consistency in the performance of the tablets. I just can’t take it anymore.”
The tablets he’s referring to are the Microsoft Surface Pro tablets and they are just one part of a comprehensive technology package that the NFL has unleashed on its teams.
You can’t really blame him. As he notes:
“This is all league equipment, so we don’t have it. I mean, we use it. but it isn’t like we have the equipment during the week, and we can work with it and ‘OK, this is a problem. Let’s fix this.’ That’s not how it works,” Belichick explained.
“We get the equipment the day of the game, or I’d say not the day of the game but a few hours before the game, and we test it and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Usually, by game time, it is working, but I would say not always. And then during the game, sometimes something happens and it has to be fixed. First of all, you have to figure out what the problem is. Is it a battery? Is it the helmet? Is it the coaches’ pack? Is it the battery on the coaches’ pack?
Of course, one reason the teams don’t receive the technology until game day is because some teams would cheat if they received the equipment any sooner. But that’s another subject.