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Redskins discover iPads aren’t just for playbooks


The emergence of iPads as the preferred way to distribute playbooks around the NFL has led to a lot of discoveries.

The Dolphins have discovered that they can be fined for using their iPads for things other than work, the Buccaneers discovered that they needed to be charged, Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams has learned that the team doesn’t appreciate it when you tweet pictures of the playbook screen to all of your followers and now the Redskins have discovered that they can use the devices to talk trash about their teammates. The Redskins’ playbook allows players to send anonymous comments to their teammates, a feature ostensibly designed to discuss plays but one that tight end Chris Cooley says has been adapted for other use.

Niles Paul told me,” Cooley told Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post‘s DC Sports Bog. “I don’t know who figured it out or who started it. Like I said, they’re anonymous. As of today, there are maybe fifty postings. My opinion is that it will take off. I think Niles pointed it out because Niles was on there a couple of times. [Brandon] Banks is on there. I’m sure I’ll be on there. I’m an easy target.”

Kogod asked other Redskins about it on Monday and spilled the beans about the unexpected functionality to some of them in the process. While life on the internet has taught us all that nothing is ever fully erased or totally anonymous, the Redskins probably won’t have much problem with something that goes on in the locker room anyway. Especially since this razzing, unlike the locker room variety, can’t start until players have actually opened up their playbooks.

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11 Responses to “Redskins discover iPads aren’t just for playbooks”
  1. n0hopeleft says: Jul 31, 2012 10:57 AM

    Glad to see the focus is higher than ever on whats important, in what is supposed to be a banner year in Skins country.


  2. burgundyandgold says: Jul 31, 2012 11:20 AM

    No, I am glad they are loose and enjoying training camp while they work hard to get better.

  3. granadafan says: Jul 31, 2012 11:48 AM

    What, are these guys 60? How can they not know that an ipad is a large ipod with many apps? If coaches are worried about guys playing Angry Birds on the ipad during meetings instead of looking at the playbook, then maybe the teams should go back to the good old fashioned binder with paper.

  4. bigdan7885 says: Jul 31, 2012 12:00 PM

    Yeah well, a book could also be used as a hat. So take that, iPad.

  5. rubbernilly says: Jul 31, 2012 12:03 PM

    So… wtf is the “unexpected functionality”?

    BTW, referring to it as “it” doesn’t count as clarification.

    Nor does Cooley talking about “being on there” mean much until I know what “there” means.

    Let me sum up this article: “The Redskins discover something unexpected about their iPads. What sort of thing? The unexpected sort.”

  6. Punk says: Jul 31, 2012 12:26 PM

    Where are all the people that jumped on this time last year telling us all how the ipads would get hacked and such

  7. mangoldbond says: Jul 31, 2012 12:32 PM

    The other redskins may wanna watch out for some of cooley’s messages.

  8. beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 31, 2012 12:32 PM

    No worries….the Skins are gonna win it all anyway, now that they got RGIII

    According to Skins fans….

  9. londonfletcher says: Jul 31, 2012 12:59 PM

    “a feature ostensibly designed to discuss plays but one that tight end Chris Cooley says has been adapted for other use.”

    Figures it was Cooley.

  10. mrpickled says: Jul 31, 2012 1:15 PM

    Let’s hope Cooley takes another full frontal shot for us

  11. geemoney713 says: Jul 31, 2012 1:36 PM

    Reading this story somewhere else you find out that – the redskins have discovered they can trash talk each other through the ipad’s anonymous commenting on the playbook. They’re firing each other up through use of the ipad.

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