New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a longstanding history of technological problems. He doesn’t understand car clocks. He has no time for InstaFace or MyBook or Tweeter. And he certainly doesn’t like the tablets that the NFL has issued for team use on the sidelines.
Belichick isn’t alone. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that the Steelers have “had some technological issues on the sidelines, particularly in recent years, so that’s nothing new.” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says that he doesn’t use the tablets and is “pretty good without them.”
But Belichick’s friend and Saints head coach Sean Payton had to get a fun little jab at Belichick’s expense.
"I think inside they've functioned," Payton said, via NOLA.com. "Outside it's more challenging because of the glare. I don't think there's been a lot of talk actually. I think there's just been talk in one city. Any type of sunny day or you're looking down...the consistency comes with the prints, the pictures, I think that they're working on it.”
Payton seems to have a little fun by saying Belichick’s the only one complaining about the tablets.
MMQB’s Albert Breer notes that he thinks Belichick will “go back to” the tablets “if the NFL starts allowing coaches to use video on the sideline,” but until that feature is available (if it ever is), Belichick will go back to his hard papers.
The purpose of the tablets is to allow coaches to swipe through images and stills that were historically performed with printed out papers. The goal was to have a more immediate method of review, but Belichick hasn’t been able to get the “consistency” from the tablet that he has been able to get from the papers.
And we know how important “consistency” is to Belichick.