No More Playbooks as Bills Switch to iPads

Jan 7, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone (left) with Bills president Russ Brandon at a press conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills announced today that playbooks are a thing of the past. The organization made the move today to switch to interactive media and issued iPads to every player. The days of dragging around a 500 page playbook is over.

The Bills join 14 other teams in teh NFL to make the change to an iPad, an interesting trend in the NFL. There are a number of advantages to going wireless. Plays are changed constantly throughout the year, and with the iPad it can be updated in mere seconds. Video can also be added to specific plays to enchance the learning curve and make players aware of certain situations. It will also generate a more informal type of conversation between coaching staff and players. Instead of hunting down the coach to have a  long chat, a quick text message can suffice.

Of course people will be worried about the security of the plays and if the device can be “hacked.” But rest assured, the iPads will strictly be an in-house device where coaches, players and football operationsstaff can communicate with the utmost security. The device will not be able to work off the Bills network.

If the device helps the Bills players understand the playbook more quickly, more accurately and with more precision, it doesn’t hurt. Especially when the trend in the NFL is slowly moving into the 21st century.

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