New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is a man of very few words. His press conferences and time with the media are typically short-lived and reveal very little about Belichick’s true feelings.
That is, unless you ask him about technology – sideline tablets, in particular.
Belichick went on an epic five-minute rant the other day about how bad the NFL’s Microsoft Surface tablets are, and how he’s officially done using them. His comments about the league’s partner, Microsoft, were so harsh that it led the company to release a statement regarding the situation.
It sounds like he’s not the only one unhappy with the performance of those seemingly troublesome devices. Several Seahawks players have echoed Belichick’s sentiment.
“Honestly, I love the paper much, much more,” said Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright, via ESPN. “I can’t explain it. It’s just something that you’ve always been used to. It’s kind of like when the cell phones come, older people struggle with it. I’ve been used to paper my whole career. I just like to stick with it. So I don’t blame him on that.”
The main reason? Their inability to operate while users are wearing gloves. And as you know, most players in the NFL do wear gloves on their hands, making it impossible to use the tablets.
“When I have gloves on, I can’t use [the tablet] because they don’t work against gloves, so I’ll be trying to swipe left, swipe right, and it just stays still. So I throw it, and I get the paper copy.”