Bill Belichick is done with tablets
Bill Belichick vents his frustration with the sideline tablets and says he is done using them during his Tuesday conference call.
Bill Belichick has given up on technology.
Ok well, maybe not technology in general, but the Patriots head coach has moved on from the Microsoft tablets the league gives to teams on game day.
"I’m done with the tablets. I’ve given them as much time as I can give them. They’re just too undependable for me," said Belichick on his Tuesday conference call. "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, so I just can’t take it anymore."
This doesn't come as too much of a surprise as we saw earlier in the year Belichick slam a tablet onto the turf.
Belichick 1, tablet 0 pic.twitter.com/le5LrBsTBk— Tyler Sullivan (@TylerSully) October 2, 2016
The Patriots were dealing with failures with their communication systems against the Bengals on Sunday as well and ultimately elected to just use signals instead of talking to players via their headsets. The equipment that the Patriots and every team gets is brought in by the league and they only have a short time to make sure it works.
"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," said Belichick. 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, and 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? I mean you know, again, it could be one of 15 different things. So, I would just say there are problems in every game."
"As far as the tablet goes, I mean there was an experiment in a couple of the preseason games. It was one preseason game. We actually had two because it was our home game and Carolina’s home game where we had video on the tablets. But 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’ve 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."
Belichick announced earlier in the conference call that he is now a proud grandfather as his son Steve Belichick and girlfriend Jen welcomed in a baby girl this morning.
After this rant on technology, it seems like Bill Belichick has the whole cranky grandfather talk down.
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