It was just a few years ago that the NFL introduced Microsoft Surface tablets as the official sideline technology for coaches and players. It allows them to look at photos of previous plays and analyze what happened, presumably much faster than looking at printed images.
As good and dandy as that sounds, it’s been far from a perfect process. Aaron Rodgers has thrown the tablet on the sideline, Johnny Manziel bashed his head against one, and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick slammed one face-down.
Frustrations with the devices have been well documented, and Belichick is finally calling it quits.
“As you probably noticed, I’m done with the tablets,” Belichick said during a conference call. “There’s just no consistency. I’ve given them as much time as I can give them. I just can’t take it anymore.”
Well, he was willing to give them just a little more time, apparently. The usually tight-lipped coach spent more than 5 minutes explaining his stance.
Here's Belichick's full answer as to why he hates the tablets. Lasted five minutes and 25 seconds. pic.twitter.com/wcSqebtQRu
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