The San Francisco 49ers are now the third team in the NFL to adopt using iPad’s for playbooks instead of binders and DVD’s. The other two teams to ditch the old-school ways of using paper for playbooks are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys. Niner players were given the iPad’s at the start of training camp.
Not only will Niner players be able to watch film on the tablets, they can also take notes and send messages to one another. So far, the players have nothing but positive things to say about going with a hi-tech playbook:
I think it’s awesome. It’s going to be a big help to have everything we need, with us at all times. I think it’s going to be a big benefit. It’s just like a playbook, that’s all it is. ~ Joe Staley
I like it. You can go home watch yourself at practice and all that. ~ Frank Gore
When you’re watching the film and you have a question, say I wanted to ask Pat (Willis) a question, I go to the play, I go to the message and I type it to him and he gets it. You can ask someone a specific question about a play, it’s helpful. ~ Rookie LB Nick Moody
Not using big binders and paper as a playbook is good, but I hope there is some form of security in place that requires a password, other than the initial passcode. Jim Harbaugh and his coaches are making sure all the players do is study film and take notes. The iPad does not allow Internet access and contains no apps.