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Doug Marrone says his tablet “didn’t work” for portion of game


The NFL has permitted teams to use Microsoft tablet computers during games this season, primarily for studying pictures taken before and after the snap.

However, Bills coach Doug Marrone was apparently without use of a tablet for at least some of Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game.

After the Bills’ 17-13 loss to the Giants, Marrone indicated his tablet wasn’t operating in the first two quarters, per ESPN’s Mike Rodak.

“I was told mine was going to work, and mine didn’t work,” Marrone said afterwards, according to audio from WGR 550 AM in Buffalo. “They said they would get it right, and it was miscommunication. But I was excited. I did use it in the second half, and I like it a lot,” Marrone said.

With the regular season still a little more than a month away, the NFL, clubs and Microsoft have time to ensure all goes smoothly with the tablets once the regular season begins. Having four weeks of exhibition games for practice runs should aid that process.

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84 Responses to “Doug Marrone says his tablet “didn’t work” for portion of game”
  1. paleandpasty says: Aug 4, 2014 12:16 AM

    That’s pretty cool.

  2. gloryfromheaven46 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:17 AM

    “Oh wait, this is how you turn it on?”

  3. jrebar88 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:20 AM

    That’s what happens when you choose Micro$oft. The Nexus tablets are much cheaper, run Android, and are reliable…but the NFL doesn’t use logic.

  4. bhm12 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:22 AM

    Give them iPads. Those will work.

  5. kd75 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:33 AM

    And you want $1 billion for this team? You can’t even get your computers to work…

  6. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 4, 2014 12:39 AM

    time to get an ipad

  7. willjasper says: Aug 4, 2014 12:43 AM

    You gotta turn it on, Coach!

  8. chris3141084 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:44 AM

    What do you mean the tablet didn’t work for a portion of the game?? Was it an app problem, no wi-fi? I don’t buy the excuse.

  9. jpaq68 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:48 AM

    Yeah, that’s what it was.

  10. doob187 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:49 AM

    LOL Microsoft tablet…

  11. sdisme says: Aug 4, 2014 12:53 AM

    I guess Ipad playbooks struck a nerve with Microsoft. My bet is teams will have “Tablets” this year.

    Over Under on the term “Microsoft Tablets” on Hard Knocks – 12

  12. firerogergoodellnow says: Aug 4, 2014 12:54 AM

    What happens if a coach gets caught using a tablet for videotaping during the game?

  13. fullhouseofcards says: Aug 4, 2014 12:58 AM

    Should’ve went with an iPad!

  14. drgarro says: Aug 4, 2014 1:05 AM

    They should use iPads instead.

  15. sdchicken says: Aug 4, 2014 1:09 AM

    Switch to iPads.

  16. jjrs89 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:12 AM

    Oh, so THAT’S why EJ Manuel looked so bad….

  17. arzcardinals says: Aug 4, 2014 1:19 AM

    Derrrrr…buy Apple it works

    Apple computers and software work
    Windows items are door stops in comparison.

    Seriously the nfl and all it’s wisdom chose Microsoft tablets over Apple iPads.

    That’s like taking Ryan Leaf over Peyton Manning.

  18. jayovalentine says: Aug 4, 2014 1:23 AM

    He couldn’t find the power button?

  19. skolvikesskol says: Aug 4, 2014 1:34 AM

    Use an iPad…. Duh!

  20. skolvikesskol says: Aug 4, 2014 1:37 AM

    I really cant stress enuff what a joke microsoft is in the mobile device market. IPad #1, Samsung a distant second and everything else is irrelevant. Thats why microsoft had to dump a million units of a $500 product for $100. Herp a derp!

  21. hearsky says: Aug 4, 2014 1:42 AM

    The should have used iPads.

  22. dmq13 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:43 AM

    I think coach Marrone discovered what all Microsoft customers find out….they got stuck with a pile of crap product.

  23. joecool16280 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:45 AM

    Who still uses Microsoft?!

  24. garyridgway says: Aug 4, 2014 1:48 AM

    Vince Lombardi would be shaking his head

  25. eljefedelmundo says: Aug 4, 2014 1:59 AM

    Perhaps using a non Microsoft tablet would help, you know, like the rest of the world..

  26. dalcow4 says: Aug 4, 2014 2:07 AM

    I know what he means– the power button is in a weird place.

  27. guitarfreak21 says: Aug 4, 2014 2:14 AM

    Should have gone Apple lol, Windows is about as effective as a Blaine Gabbert led offense.

  28. johnnyfreakinfootball says: Aug 4, 2014 2:25 AM

    Boy Sammy Watkins looked stellar in his debut…..

  29. socalraider909 says: Aug 4, 2014 2:30 AM

    sounds like an excuse the Chargers would make up

  30. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Aug 4, 2014 2:33 AM

    Of COURSE it didn’t work. Microsoft – the R5-D4 of operating systems. They should have used Linux.

  31. 941bucs says: Aug 4, 2014 2:44 AM

    Tablets? Great now chinese hackers will be calling the plays on the field. Which, I guess might be cool…

  32. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 4, 2014 2:50 AM

    You have to push the on button stupid.

  33. guachosporlife says: Aug 4, 2014 3:51 AM

    Never heard of a clipboard not working. Go back the old school way.

  34. drfeelyouup says: Aug 4, 2014 4:25 AM

    Should have used an Android. Microsoft is trash.

  35. garetc88 says: Aug 4, 2014 4:44 AM

    Wouldn’t have had that problem with iPads out there.

  36. jrbdmb says: Aug 4, 2014 4:54 AM

    Should be using iPad or Android, but stuck with Microsoft due to stupid marketing agreement. idiots.

  37. seabreezes51 says: Aug 4, 2014 5:34 AM

    He needs to get a five year old kid on the sidelines to help with that tablet… They seem to have the magic touch to help you find whatever you need.

  38. zeeman911 says: Aug 4, 2014 5:35 AM

    Should have used iPads!

  39. stubbyjones says: Aug 4, 2014 6:02 AM


  40. therealbigben says: Aug 4, 2014 6:23 AM

    Microsoft sux.

  41. aquineas1 says: Aug 4, 2014 6:24 AM

    Quite the PR win for Microsoft to get their tablets in the door, only to be offset by this very public instance of it not working. Hopefully they’ll get it right.

  42. flash1287 says: Aug 4, 2014 6:32 AM

    Whatever this team is pathetic! I think his real name is Doug Moron.

  43. bonerchamp says: Aug 4, 2014 6:35 AM

    Neither did his QB.

  44. sketchydave says: Aug 4, 2014 6:45 AM

    Lets que the bills haters with “no wonder ej Manuel sucked the app for an accurate quarterback wasn’t working”

    Now that’s done. Let’s move on.

    Microsoft…. Slow…. Or not working… Really. Shocker.
    Next year they will have the bugs worked out for this years problem!! Then create new problems.

    Back to paper.

  45. stoutfiles says: Aug 4, 2014 6:45 AM

    Microsoft tablets, lol. I wonder how much the NFL was paid to force teams to use an inferior product.

  46. joetoronto says: Aug 4, 2014 6:45 AM

    He didn’t know how to use it, what a loser.

  47. joejacks says: Aug 4, 2014 6:47 AM

    Should have used apple. Microsoft is beat.

  48. Most of you would be rapturous if your team won just one measly Super Bowl. We won it once, then again, and again, and again, yet again, oh, look, another one. You shrivel in our shadow. We define greatness. We built the NFL. We are the Steelers. says: Aug 4, 2014 6:51 AM

    Belichick’s “Ethical Hacking” courses seem to be paying off.

  49. theanalyticalkid says: Aug 4, 2014 7:01 AM

    ““I was told mine was going to work, and mine didn’t work,” Marrone said afterwards”

    You sure Doug, you were told that yours was going to work. That’s odd, it’s pretty unusual for things like that to work. (sarcasm)

    Some have high hopes for this guy.

  50. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Aug 4, 2014 7:04 AM

    For decades teams have managed to get by without using unreliable technology. Absolutely no reason to have a tablet on the sidelines. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should.

  51. ravenswhat says: Aug 4, 2014 7:20 AM

    Or Doug didn’t know how to use it so he simply said it didn’t work. I know which scenario I believe.

  52. juicyjwebb says: Aug 4, 2014 7:29 AM

    Not taking a side in the Microsoft Vs. Apple debate….buuuuut, I’d bet money an iPad wouldn’t have had the technical problems that this tablet did. Not to mention that from my experience iOS is a much smoother experience than Windows 8.

  53. grandpoopah says: Aug 4, 2014 7:45 AM

    This is what happens when you run Windows.

  54. dchetz says: Aug 4, 2014 7:48 AM

    that’s OK, your starting quarterback didn’t work either. 2-7 with three batted down passes? yikes.

  55. rajbais says: Aug 4, 2014 7:53 AM

    Is that why ej Manuel did poorly last night?

  56. bassplucker says: Aug 4, 2014 7:54 AM

    If that was the case then shouldn’t the Giants have had their tablets taken away too? That’s how it works with the headphones. But maybe consistency is too much to ask for in this new-age NFL.

  57. zoxitic says: Aug 4, 2014 7:55 AM

    It must have been the portion when EJ Manual was playing.

  58. larrydavid815 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:59 AM

    What a great excuse. Try using that during the playoffs.

    And another thing, a Microsoft tablet? Really?

    Talk to Tim Cook, maybe the you would have won

  59. larrydavid815 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:59 AM

    What a great excuse. Try using that during the playoffs.

    And another thing, a Microsoft tablet? Really?

    Talk to Tim Cook, maybe then you would have won

  60. ctiggs says: Aug 4, 2014 8:01 AM

    EJ Manuel……………… just threw another incompletion.

  61. deljzc says: Aug 4, 2014 8:05 AM

    They’ve put a restriction that is has to be Microsoft? Are you kidding me? How much did Microsoft pay for that and are the owners so greedy they had to one-source this part of technology?


  62. watchfullhose says: Aug 4, 2014 8:05 AM

    Android…..nuff said.

  63. uglydingo says: Aug 4, 2014 8:14 AM

    I can see the role of computer technician becoming a key member of the coaches team. Chief Geek.

  64. crik911 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:17 AM

    In the next few years this will be just as competitive as the battle for merchandising rights. By switching from Apple to Microsoft they are essentially creating a market to compete in.

    Apple, Microsoft, Motorola (Google), the bidding will only go up as the technology becomes more dependent to coaching.

  65. b3nz0z says: Aug 4, 2014 8:17 AM

    it froze up while he was checking amazon

  66. walkinginthewasteland says: Aug 4, 2014 8:34 AM

    If you think you problems with it now, just wait until you try to use it at Gillette Field.

  67. labrownjames says: Aug 4, 2014 8:44 AM

    I hope last night’s pathetic showing is an indication of the Bills upcoming season! Since the BROWNS have their 1st round pick! Browns new front office, GREAT! Bills front office?

  68. mykpfsu says: Aug 4, 2014 8:46 AM

    Interesting enough, the rest of Buffalo’s tablets seemed to be working in the first half judging by the sideline shots. Me thinks the issue was with Marrone.

  69. tomcous says: Aug 4, 2014 8:56 AM

    Preseason trial in play … they were shown how it works ahead of time and normally I would say a bit of operator error … but NO! This is an inferior product period!

  70. jchipwood says: Aug 4, 2014 9:09 AM

    Billicheck just workn on his preseason cheats.

  71. MossMoon2Packers says: Aug 4, 2014 9:26 AM

    Try using something — anything! — other than a bloated, buggy, slow OS made by Microsoft. Microsoft’s tablet OS, Windows 8, is so crappy (even by Microsoft’s low, low standards) that I returned a just-purchased laptop with that installed. I’m just waiting for the day when someone creates some killer app for Linux that finally buries Microsoft as the purveyor of lousy software. It can’t be soon enough for me.

  72. hehateme2 says: Aug 4, 2014 9:53 AM

    Wide right…. all over again!

  73. notthetroll says: Aug 4, 2014 9:57 AM

    Revenge of the Nerds?

  74. tommyribs says: Aug 4, 2014 10:04 AM

    “Doug Marrone says his tablet “didn’t work” for portion of game”

    There’s an App for that.

  75. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 4, 2014 10:16 AM

    On ebay trying to buy a QB?

  76. timmyp716 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:28 AM

    The tablet isn’t programmed to let Marrone trade E.J. off his fantasy team

  77. tqaztec says: Aug 4, 2014 11:40 AM

    Installing Updates…………………………………………..

  78. lonskils says: Aug 4, 2014 11:49 AM

    Chances that this was operator error is close to 100%

  79. phinfan says: Aug 4, 2014 11:50 AM

    Buffalo can’t afford 80 ipads so microsoft gave them refurbs lol

  80. granadafan says: Aug 4, 2014 12:11 PM

    Marrone still complains that he can’t get his VCR clock to stop blinking at “12:00”.

  81. broncobrewer says: Aug 4, 2014 12:23 PM

    It’s Microsoft it probably got a virus from a player

  82. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 4, 2014 12:51 PM

    Vikings are using Google Glass and the Bills are trying to figure out how to get tablets to work. Good luck with all of that…

  83. Savage Lizard says: Aug 4, 2014 1:36 PM

    If you watch NFL broadcasts, you wouldn’t know anyone other than Peyton Manning looks at formations photos.

  84. moreck says: Aug 4, 2014 11:32 PM

    This is why you just get an iPad. There are several reasons the Surface is a sales flop, costing Microsoft hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

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