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Chip Kelly has no gripes about the Microsoft tablet

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Head coach Chip Kelly of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during their NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Getty Images

One of the best coaches in NFL history is done with the Microsoft tablet. A coach who frankly may not be an NFL coach for a lot longer has no issues with the device.

“I think sometimes they’re not, you know, you have the pictures to back them up that are printed out and those don’t change,” 49ers coach Chip Kelly told reporters on Wednesday. “Just there have been times when there are some glitches in them and I also think there’s some times when it’s really sunny out that it’s tough to see the tablet. So I haven’t had any issues with them where they just don’t work or anything.

“But, it’s like any, sometimes that doesn’t work perfect, you know what I mean? So, you’ve got to shake it a little bit.” (He’s still talking about the tablets, right?)

Ultimately, it’s a matter of personal preference. The photos are what the photos are. If they can be viewed in the old-fashioned, hard-copy way nearly as efficiently as they can on the tablets, then Belichick or anyone else can use the printed photos instead.

The broader question is whether the NFL ever would force coaches to use the tablets, either by decree or by allowing the printed photos not as an option but only if the tablets aren’t working. Already, coaches must wear the approved game-day attire; when coaches like Jack Del Rio and Mike Nolan have wanted to suit up on the sidelines, they’ve had to negotiate for special permission to deviate periodically from the intended approach that they be mannequins for stuff the league’s sponsors want us all to buy.

Microsoft wants us all to buy their tablets, and if guys like Belichick publicly trash the product and refuse to use it, Patriots fans (at a minimum) will be less likely to buy Microsoft tablets.

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34 Responses to “Chip Kelly has no gripes about the Microsoft tablet”
  1. smacklayer says: Oct 19, 2016 5:33 PM

    Ridiculous that Nolan or Del Rio can’t wear a suit but Belichick can wear an old ripped up hoodie and be in compliance with the dress code.

  2. swedishfish14 says: Oct 19, 2016 5:39 PM

    Promotion backfired. All it takes is one bad incident and damage has been done. I will likely never consider buying one now.

  3. pftreader69 says: Oct 19, 2016 5:40 PM

    Maybe someone gave him an etch-a-sketch and he doesn’t know the difference.

  4. cobrala2 says: Oct 19, 2016 5:49 PM

    Chip will quit San Fran Petrino-style as soon as the proper NCAA opportunity is offered to him.

  5. scrp2 says: Oct 19, 2016 5:50 PM

    Belichick to try and slight Microsoft is unfair. Sometimes I want to throw my Microsoft laptop off a cliff but other than that it’s a useful tool.

  6. charliecharger says: Oct 19, 2016 5:54 PM

    Belichick is just mad because Brady got caught cheating and when another QB (not named Brady) played, the Patriots got shut out. Now we know how good Belichick is without Brady.

  7. vicnocal says: Oct 19, 2016 5:54 PM

    Good that they dont let them wear a suit and tie on the sideline, it looks ridiculous. This is football

  8. marmac2768 says: Oct 19, 2016 5:54 PM

    I am amazed that the NFL can dictate so much to people who are in a profession. If Bill B. doesn’t want to use a tablet, he should be allowed to use whatever he wants to use or NOT use one if he wants. To me, that is interfering with a coaches ability to coach and shouldn’t be allowed. As for what they wear, as long as it is neat and clean, it should be okay. I think that coaches wearing a suit and tie should be the preferred way that coaches dress.

  9. allforfunnplay says: Oct 19, 2016 5:56 PM

    “shake it”? what the heck are they using on the Niner’s sidelines? an Etch a Sketch? I mean it would explain a lot of things….

  10. marmac2768 says: Oct 19, 2016 5:57 PM

    “Chip will quit San Fran Petrino-style as soon as the proper NCAA opportunity is offered to him.”

    ***************************************************

    I am looking for LSU to come calling in the off season. Especially when San Fran realizes how big of a mistake they made in getting him in the first place.

  11. nfella says: Oct 19, 2016 5:59 PM

    Belichick doesn’t want to use the tablet – prefers it old school.

    Kelly likes the laptop – prefers fruit smoothies and hot stone therapy.

    Now…..look at their records as NFL coaches.

  12. professorpigskin46 says: Oct 19, 2016 6:00 PM

    Hall of Fame coaches like BB don’t use the tablet but bum, cellar-dwelling team coaches like Chip Kelley are fine with it.

    I don’t think this is the publicity Microsoft wants.

  13. oiler1980 says: Oct 19, 2016 6:07 PM

    Lost a lot of respect for coach there…

    Marvin Lewis has been the head coach of the Bengals for 14 years…

    He has never won a playoff game….Ever…14 years…Not one single game.

    Tom Brady has won 22…..

    Go Pats!!!

  14. brianyourwordsarehurtful says: Oct 19, 2016 6:10 PM

    If thee is ever a mandate to use the tablets, it will be another example of what Goodell has done to diminish the NFL. The product is supposed to be football, not the extraneous toys that Roger has collected money for.

  15. ggreen657 says: Oct 19, 2016 6:16 PM

    “Belichick is just mad because Brady got caught cheating and when another QB (not named Brady) played, the Patriots got shut out. Now we know how good Belichick is without Brady.”

    So, in other words, you are saying that Brady is the G.O.A.T.

    I agree with you.

  16. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 19, 2016 6:31 PM

    Its very simple. When Belichick wants info he wants and needs it immediately.

    The tablets are being used as wireless devices. In an environment with 10s of thousands of people also using wireless devices in the same bandwidth.

    As a result the tablets will no doubt hang while loading things and suffer from the other funky problems all wireless devices occasionally suffer from, especially in an environment with so many people hitting the airwaves at the same time.

    The fact that Microsoft and the League seem surprised there would be such problems is the real problem.

    However not surprising where Goodell and his gang of science deniers are involved. Sciencey things like wifi, tablets and other mystical devices like headset systems baffle them.

  17. smokehouse56 says: Oct 19, 2016 6:36 PM

    professorpigskin46 says:
    Oct 19, 2016 6:00 PM

    Hall of Fame coaches like BB don’t use the tablet but bum, cellar-dwelling team coaches like Chip Kelley are fine with it.
    =================================
    Get a life. Kelly is a fine coach. I wish he was coaching my Eagles…..oh, no wait.

  18. granadafan says: Oct 19, 2016 6:46 PM

    Playcards never run out of batteries.

  19. 6250claimer says: Oct 19, 2016 6:54 PM

    Chip Kelly is already making Niner fans long for the good old days of the Tomsula regime. Chip’s gonna need some luck to do better than 1-15 this year. With out without the stupid tablets.

  20. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 19, 2016 7:01 PM

    Sometimes you have to shake it a bit. Then the snow starts falling on the rustic scene again.

  21. lanman11 says: Oct 19, 2016 7:10 PM

    Some day, in a big big game, the tablets will malfunction and Belichick will be the only guy that knows what is going on, and his team will win a nail biter, and he’ll make paper and ink look like must-have technology.

    Belichick can be the NFL poster child for hoodies, reams of paper, and ink jet cartridges. He’ll be fine with that.

  22. charger383 says: Oct 19, 2016 7:22 PM

    why did mirosoft think their wimpy little tablet could keep up with the mind of Belichick?

  23. ikeclanton says: Oct 19, 2016 8:10 PM

    It’s as simple as this: Belichick found that the tablet was unreliable, so he won’t use it. The supposed advantages were outweighed by the disadvantages.

    While one coach (Lewis) is defending his employed criminal (Burfict) who actively helps him lose games, another (Belichick) is simply taking things out of his life that hinder him from winning.

    That and the fact that he gets to thumb his nose at the league and their 400 million dollar contract with Microsoft that he couldn’t care less about was an added bonus.

  24. spitfisher says: Oct 19, 2016 8:19 PM

    Belichick insults the NFL and their client ($400 mill partnership) microsoft claiming their marque product is unreliable……Next Goodell gives out a wrist slap to Burfict for an intent to injure a star Patriots running back….

    related?

  25. mharjo says: Oct 19, 2016 9:10 PM

    For the record, Kraft cheese always gives me diarrhea so maybe this can become a brand war instead of actual football.

  26. pastabelly says: Oct 19, 2016 9:31 PM

    There is no doubt that Belichick did this just to tweak the NFL as payback for the Brady suspension and the draft picks. He could have just stopped using the tablet, but he made it a point to dump on the Microsoft product. There is a reason for everything Belichick does. There is nobody I’d rather have coaching the Patriots, but when he gets mad, he gets even.

  27. whatevnfl says: Oct 19, 2016 9:49 PM

    I don’t think Kelly’s comments sound exactly like a ringing endorsement.

  28. antneejay2 says: Oct 20, 2016 1:57 AM

    “Microsoft wants us all to buy their tablets, and if guys like Belichick publicly trash the product and refuse to use it, Patriots fans (at a minimum) will be less likely to buy Microsoft tablets”… and Brady will be suspended 4 more games.

  29. sonhoodoo says: Oct 20, 2016 8:38 AM

    smacklayer says:
    Oct 19, 2016 5:33 PM

    Ridiculous that Nolan or Del Rio can’t wear a suit but Belichick can wear an old ripped up hoodie and be in compliance with the dress code.
    ——————-

    It is a protest from Belichick because the NFL’s contract with Reebok says the coaches have to wear Reebok gear. He felt the NFL shouldn’t be telling grown men how to dress so he purposely took the drabbest thing the coaches were allowed to wear and then cut the sleeves. It’s a fairly well-known story.

  30. factschecker says: Oct 20, 2016 9:11 AM

    Good lord. This is just another example of corporations wanting one global economy where the laborers work for next to nothing and only live to work and buy product.

    I miss having a truly free market where the consumers drove the economy with their freedom of choice. The market was driven by competition which gave consumers more choices and better products. It seems like that was a million years ago even though it was only about 20 years ago.

    Now it’s all monopolies and they want to tell you what you have to buy. No competition creates a crappy product.

  31. brooks33blog says: Oct 20, 2016 9:15 AM

    Obviously Chip Kelly doesn’t know how to adjust the brightness on the screen

  32. maust1013 says: Oct 20, 2016 9:19 AM

    charliecharger says:
    Oct 19, 2016 5:54 PM
    Belichick is just mad because Brady got caught cheating and when another QB (not named Brady) played, the Patriots got shut out. Now we know how good Belichick is without Brady.
    ===============
    Are you actually suggesting that Belichick is not using a tablet because a rookie 3rd string QB that needed thumb surgery wasn’t able to play well enough to avoid being shut out??? And that one game somehow obviates everything else he has done??? And somehow you believe he blames that on a tablet????

  33. elyasm says: Oct 20, 2016 9:44 AM

    Half-ass coach finds half-ass tool to be perfectly acceptable. Color me shocked.

  34. alcottclan235 says: Oct 21, 2016 1:22 PM

    charliecharger says:
    Oct 19, 2016 5:54 PM
    Belichick is just mad because Brady got caught cheating and when another QB (not named Brady) played, the Patriots got shut out. Now we know how good Belichick is without Brady.
    _________________________________________Hey Charlie,

    Belichick went 3-1 without Brady this season.

    File under: ” Think before you hit send, or you’ll make an idiot out of yourself on the internet”.

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