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: August 24, 2011, 10:45:58 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers buy each player an iPad to hold playbook, videos
By Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Thursday, August 25, 2011


   

TAMPA Every year on every NFL team, the Turk nervously ambles next to players in the locker room, dorm room or cafeteria, his role a designated dream killer whose only job is to signal the death knell to somebody's career.

He delivers two messages: The coach wants to see you, and bring your playbook.

Well, never again in Tampa Bay.

Instead, he'll ask them to bring their iPad.

That's because rather than producing thick periodicals the size of the Yellow Pages, the Bucs have downloaded their playbooks on iPad 2s and distributed them to each of their 90 players.

What's more, players can use the tablet computer to reference video files of games, and practice and situational videos of any NFL team.

"It's crazy how much technology has changed the game," second-year safety Cody Grimm said. "Back in the day, I think probably the whole team had to sit down with a projector and a reel, and watch the film together. They'd have the whole offense in the same meeting room. Now we all have our own iPad. Stuff that we used to come in here to see, we can sit on our couch at home and have access to it 24-7. It's awesome.

"It's convenient. It's fast. I was snacking out on the couch and watching some film, and realized I was, like, two quarters through (a) game already."

The idea to download playbooks on an iPad was hatched by coach Raheem Morris, who used one to watch video of draft prospects with general manager Mark Dominik and player personnel director Dennis Hickey.

And because of the lockout, Morris watched a lot of video.

"We give these playbooks out, and by the end of training camp, we collect them so nobody sells them on the Internet," Morris said. "They become game books. If you need a reference to go back, you can pull up a blitz from camp and look at it.

"Then it got to the point where we said, 'Hey, let's put some of the video on there from the season. How about practice? How would (Josh) Freeman like to go home and watch practice again? How would "Free" like to sit there and watch third down from Detroit and Miami so when he comes to work the next morning, he's seeing the tape again and putting it all together?' "

The people responsible for turning Morris' vision into reality were team director of football technology Chris Wells and video director Dave Levy.

It used to be if players wanted to watch film at home, they would have to get Levy's crew to make a copy of a DVD.

"You'd have to use your general remote to fast-forward or rewind," Morris said. "With this iPad, I can just flick through, and if that play doesn't apply to me, I just touch it and get out of there and go here, and there's third down. Get out of there, and let's go to the red zone. Okay, there's the nickel. It's a different deal now."

It's also a perfect study enticement for the youngest roster in the NFL, a group of 20-somethings who are gadget-giddy and technologically savvy to begin with.

"That's big ups to our organization thinking like that because it is the biggest thing right now and we have a young crowd," fourth-year linebacker Geno Hayes said. "It's pretty big to have that at your disposal."

Some veteran players, such as running back Earnest Graham (in his eighth season) and center Jeff Faine (in his ninth), still prefer to jot down notes on a pad of paper.

"But I think guys are really more likely to go home and take a look at their plays (with the iPad)," Graham said. "It's the way guys these days are about anyway. Now all of a sudden you've got to take your playbook home.

"It's not that guys don't want to look at plays, but it's the convenience. Guys are accustomed to already doing things on their iPads anyway."

Morris said it took all of two minutes for Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer to approve the purchase of 90 iPad 2s at a cost of between $500 and $600 each. Like his players, Morris, 34, watches tape while listening to his personalized music soundtrack.

"I got my Jay-Z and Drake on my iPad, and Mason Foster playing to it," he said.

What happens if a player loses his team-issued iPad? Well, it's better than leaving a playbook in a hotel room in Foxboro, Mass.

"You've got a way to wipe (everything) off with the push of a button," Morris said.

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#1 : August 24, 2011, 11:00:18 PM

The Glazers are so cheap. They should have bought Motorola Xooms for $800.


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#2 : August 24, 2011, 11:01:08 PM

Coolness.  But the Glazers bought those as a package deal, so they are still cheap Nub.


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#3 : August 24, 2011, 11:24:53 PM

Coolness.  But the Glazers bought those as a package deal, so they are still cheap Nub.

I don't know man, Apple isn't the type of company to do package deals.


Also Raheem needs better taste in rap, Drake is awful.


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#4 : August 24, 2011, 11:31:24 PM

"Better taste in rap". Now that's funny to an old codger like me ;-)

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#5 : August 25, 2011, 12:29:58 AM

Coolness.  But the Glazers bought those as a package deal, so they are still cheap Nub.

I don't know man, Apple isn't the type of company to do package deals.




Who said they were real iPads? They are probably cheap, Chinese knock-offs that the Glazers bought on eBay.


What next? Using Etch-A-Sketches to draw up their plays on the sidelines?



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#6 : August 25, 2011, 01:17:32 AM

Dang,  that is like 50 grand.    Good investment though IMO.


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#7 : August 25, 2011, 01:22:20 AM

THEY ARE CHEAP AND ONLY CARE ABOUT MANU.


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#8 : August 25, 2011, 03:01:41 AM

Coolness.  But the Glazers bought those as a package deal, so they are still cheap Nub.

I don't know man, Apple isn't the type of company to do package deals.


Also Raheem needs better taste in rap, Drake is awful.

What's Rap music?

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#9 : August 25, 2011, 05:35:35 AM

Coolness.  But the Glazers bought those as a package deal, so they are still cheap Nub.

I don't know man, Apple isn't the type of company to do package deals.


I was involved in getting Apple computers for a place once.   They gave us a huge discount for buying mass numbers.    And it wasn't even all that many we needed in the first place.   Only like 100.


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#10 : August 25, 2011, 06:15:05 AM

Seems it's already becoming common practice in the NFL: http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/nfl_teams_trading_in_notebooks_for_ipads/4881703

While having the playbook on iPad is certainly an improvement, I don't like that team film sessions will be replaced by players sitting on their couch and watching it individually (or not watching it at all). When analyzing game film, it's always good to have someone else around to offer a different point of view.

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#11 : August 25, 2011, 10:12:00 AM

Extremely functional use of the technology.  Excellent idea.  Hope all of the players take advantage of it.


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#12 : August 25, 2011, 10:43:46 AM

you guys are making a big deal about the Glazers sending 50k?  gimme a break!


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#13 : August 25, 2011, 10:47:56 AM

Coolness.  But the Glazers bought those as a package deal, so they are still cheap Nub.

hahahaha.....

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#14 : August 25, 2011, 10:55:12 AM

so if the patriot and kraft bought and used ipads( which they probably do along with a number of nfl teams)  we'd  have a long thread much like this will be **CENSORED**in and whinin about how the bucs and glazers are cheap or rahminik is behind the curve.....sheesh 
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