The Broncos have made the transition from paper playbooks to iPads, and they say that makes preparing for the season a different experience.
Broncos video director Steve Boxer told The Daily that new quarterback Peyton Manning has praised the move to the iPad, which allows players to see a play drawn up in the traditional Xs and Os format, then touch the screen and watch game film of the play being run.
“Peyton loves it,” Boxer said. “He was one of the first guys I dropped video into an iPad for.”
Boxer works with the coaching staff to make sure every player’s iPad has all the relevant game film, and Manning said he sees the ability to carry around a tablet that contains all the film a player could possibly need as a huge advantage.
“It’s easier for the video guys to send it to all the different players, and it’s a great way to study for these guys,” Manning said. “There’s no excuse not to have the playbook and the game film to study.”
The iPads are now the go-to source of information for the Broncos. Not only do they have all the plays like a standard paper playbook, and all the video that players would watch in team meetings, but the iPad also has all the team’s schedules, travel itineraries, and a notification that pops up to remind players about their next team meetings. Some coaches may be concerned about players visiting unauthorized sites, but the iPad appears to be an increasingly important tool for NFL teams.