Microsoft reportedly forked over $400 million to the NFL to be its exclusive provider of the sideline tablets coaches have been using as of late…. and now one of the biggest NFL skippers is throwing his in the trash can.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick went on a mini rant in a Tuesday morning conference call about the technology and its glaring shortcomings.
“As you probably noticed, I’m done with the tablets,” Belichick said, per NESN. “They’re just too undependable for me. I’m going to stick with pictures, which 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.”
“For me, personally, it’s a personal decision, I’m done with the tablets… I’ll use the paper pictures from here on, because I just have given it my best shot. I’ve tried to work through the process. But it just doesn’t work for me, and that’s because there’s no consistency to it.”
Not that it matter much for the Pats, who are 5-1 and travel to Pittsburgh Sunday to face the Steelers without QB Ben Roethlisberger. Suffice to say, the Patriots and Belichick, tablet or no tablet, look to be the clear favorite in this one.
Here's Belichick's full answer as to why he hates the tablets. Lasted five minutes and 25 seconds. pic.twitter.com/wcSqebtQRu
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) October 18, 2016