Though the NFL is technologically advanced enough to feature high-definition instant replay and in-helmet communications systems, it’s still antiquated enough to feature old-fashioned paper playbooks. Thanks to tablet computers — namely the iPad — that could change.
CNet reports a Dallas Cowboys official says his squad and a couple other teams are looking into using iPads rather than playbooks. A shift could streamline the flow of information and save teams 5,000 printed pages each game.
The official gives no time line for a possible iPad changeover, but does drop a tidbit that would make the HBO series Hard Knocks a bit less dramatic. In an iPad playbook world, hatchet-man coaches will no longer need to tap soon-to-be-cut players on the shoulder and ask them to bring their playbooks into the office. Coaches, the thinking goes, could remotely wipe the iPlaybooks.