NFL teams considering replacing playbooks with Apple iPads

MacBook Air Kick Off Sale “NFL teams including the Dallas Cowboys could soon be abandoning their traditional paper playbooks and game-day printouts of plays in favor of iPads or other tablets,” Daniel Terdiman reports for CNET.

“Pete Walsh, head of technology for the Cowboys, said his team and at least a ‘couple’ of others are currently considering abandoning their playbooks in favor of iPads, a move they feel could save them as much as 5,000 pages of paper printouts per game,” Terdiman reports.

“In a lot of ways, this is exactly what tablets are meant for: easy access to data via wireless networks, high-quality photos, and portability,” Terdiman reports. “And from a coach’s, or player’s perspective, imagine being able to quickly sort through a large set of plays, look at them in a stylish graphical presentation, see animations of them in action, and much more. Or download a photo of the last play seconds later.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A no-brainer, but the ability to download a photo – or even a video – of the last play within seconds might force some instant replay rules to be changed as it’s not very risky for a coach to toss out the red flag if he can first review the play on his iPad.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dow C.” for the heads up.]


  1. This is actually a great idea. The rules won’t have to change, this will level the playing field for everyone. Visiting teams have already complained to the NFL that the home team replays run much faster than they do for the visiting team, this would eliminate the bias of the home stadium video operator.

  2. @Tetrachloride
    If a player loses the iPad playbook they have remote wipe. Years ago I found Archie Mannings Vikings playbook at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. A staff member was more than happy to promptly pick it up.

  3. Likely where teams will go towards – small point with your take-teams don’t have video in game, and can’t. Just Photos of formations, no great equalizer for replay, plus the coaches have someone in a booth with TVs for replay

  4. Well that’s just great. Pretentious MAC lemmings are infiltrating the mighty NFL. All this will do is turn America’s manly tough-guy game into something only little sissy soccer players would enjoy. Are they going to convert halftime to tea time too? Is nothing sacred?

    Everyone knows power users use Windows. Wrestling with the registry and battling viruses and malware makes you strong. Nothing builds fortitude and endurance like a 90 minute PowerPoint presentation after lunch. NFL coaches and staff should be roaming the sidelines with Windows slates. I-Pads are for the weak, like grass fairy soccer players.

  5. I am a hockey coach and have a couple of really cool apps for drawing up plays but I will still never bring my ipad on the bench, I would have smashed it 20 times already. I guess if the team was buying them I wouldn’t care but when I have to replace it I would rather smash my whiteboard.

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