NFL football goes high tech with iPads
Their teams have gone digital, replacing the old-fashioned thick paper playbooks with iPads. The iPads that put everything from X's and O's to notifications, scouting reports and video cut-ups at their fingertips.
"Technology is taking over the world and we're just trying to keep up with it," Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Graham Harrell said.
The number of teams using iPads for playbooks and game film has increased this season from two to 14. In the NFC, the Bears, Cardinals, Cowboys, Lions, Packers, Panthers, Redskins and Seahawks are using the tablets. So are the Bengals, Broncos, Chargers, Colts, Dolphins and Ravens in the AFC.
Other teams, such as the Chiefs, Titans and Saints, are using iPads for some things but haven't completely abandoned three-ring binders. The Bills are considering switching over next year, when the NFL makes game film available in high definition, coach Chan Gailey said.
The Ravens and Buccaneers were the first teams to go digital last year. Tampa Bay returned to the traditional playbooks this season under a new coaching staff.
- Posted on September 7, 2012