Bucs Go High Tech With Gameday PlaybooksJune 17th, 2014
As Jeff Tedford barks play calls into Josh McCown’s headset this fall, will he be covering his mouth with a tablet computer instead of a giant laminated play sheet?
The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that the Bucs again will be tech pioneers in the NFL and turn to Microsoft Surface tablets as an upgrade to old school, sideline reference materials.
This fall’s tablet experiment is another in a string of opportunities the Bucs have taken to be the first in the league to use new technology. The Bucs also were the first team to use iPads for playbooks, a practice many teams have since followed over the past few years.
“We’re having to teach some of the coaches of a certain generational age who have been slower to adapt,” [NFL Chief Technology officer Michelle] McKenna-Doyle said to a crowd of about 350 at the Tampa Bay Technology Forum’s Professional Women’s Networking luncheon [this month].
There’s not a ton of football detail in the Business Journal story. So Joe’s wondering how this all might translate when the whistle blows. But it all makes plenty of sense. Having down-and-distance scenarios on computer should only make things more efficient. And the teaching applications it could offer are limitless.
Imagine an O-line coach, for example, huddling guys up quickly and showing them video of a four second play to remind them of their assignments.
Kudos to the Bucs for being fearless in their use of technology.