Belichick likes the concept of video on tablets

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The NFL has yet to embrace (although it inevitably will) the full capacity of the Microsoft Surface tablet for regular-season games. For now, the device is used for photos and not video, which is the rough the equivalent of buying a sports car and never mashing on the gas.

In some preseason games, the video is turned on. The Patriots got a chance to use it during Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Saints.

“The first home preseason game for each team they use the video component of the Surface tablets, so since this was our first home game we used those last night,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday, via Tom Curran of CSN New England. “Coincidentally, as it works out, we’ll also use them in the Carolina game because that will be Carolina’s first home preseason game, too. So, we’ll actually get to use them twice.”

So what does the old-school coach think of the not-so-new-school technology?

“I’d say it’s probably like a lot of things that are new,” Belichick said. “The concept is good, when it works it’s good, when it doesn’t work then it doesn’t work.”

As Curran points out, it didn’t work during portions of the AFC title game in Denver. The NFL was careful not to blame the snafu on the multiple-hundred-million-dollar sponsor who provides the conspicuous blue devices. (If the game had been played in New England, it’s pretty easy to figure out who would have been blamed.)

That’s one of the very real challenges arising from use of in-game video on the Surface tablets. Once teams adjust to having the ability to study formations and tendencies on the fly, they’ll be forced to immediately adjust to not having it when something goes wrong.

And whenever something goes wrong in any stadium other than Gillette Stadium, people will shrug. Whenever something goes wrong in Foxboro, it’ll be time to break out the hashtag and the -gate.

61 responses to “Belichick likes the concept of video on tablets

  1. probably already angling for a way to cheat with it. easy, if the pats are for it, we’re against it.

    signed,
    everybody else in the NFL

  2. This is the biggest cheating coach in sports ever we are talking about here.

    You know they’ve already figured out to use tech on the tablet to have the stolen audio and video embedded from a remote server.

    Let’s be honest …..you think they haven’t attempted, then you’re another ostrich ….

    Cue GoodellMustGo in 3.2.1

  3. And poor john Saunders….not even a kind word for him on this site after his untimely passing.

    Maybe Flutie will now feel compelled to repeat his interview from 2005 with John for perhaps Dick schapps kid

  4. thescooterscore says:
    Aug 13, 2016 11:24 AM
    this should be good.

    already is! You’ll never see me whining about cheating but Denver has been busted more than any other NFL team. 2 biggies for their first 2 SBs, Taping signals was common until that memo meant to stop it. They (Broncos)are the Champs and this story if anyone was cheating it would be them yet again but it’s all Patriots bashing.

    It’s Good to be King

  5. i love how it is now ok to get on the fly in-game video assistance but goodell punished ne for spygate (only) because, they. like all teams, were gathering intelligence for possibly future use. the only differnexe was ne won 3 sbs in years and were loaded in 2007 to the ire of mainly jealous afc teams who used goodell to cheat the

    every former nfl coach backed belichick, not goodell.

    from bud grant to chuck knox to bill cowher.

    every generation of coach (withouth an agenda) backed bb.

    should tell you something

  6. Of course he does. He already has his IT guys figuring out how to hack into the opposing teams tablets. Biggest cheating coach in the history of sports for a reason. Don’t disappoint now Belicheat.

  7. Not only did the nfl not place any blame for the snafu in Denver during the AGCCG, the Pats and BB didn’t either. They didn’t make an issue of it after the game. No whiny excuses.

  8. What was lost is the mangini whistleblow was that NE was warned a few times for illegal frequencies and in that game too it was discovered

    Goodell was compromised by Kraft from the get go

    The 31 other owners enjoyed the NE enema the past 2 years

  9. seriously423 says:
    Aug 13, 2016 11:19 AM
    Belichick is a genious!

    Brady is the GOAT!

    The rest of you suck!

    Stay in school kids. You know, to become a “genious”. Oh, and “jailbreak” is for Apple devices, and Ipads are Apple while what the NFL uses are Microsoft Surface in which case “root” is the term. Stay “ignant” “geniouses”.

  10. I don’t know if he cheats anymore then other coaches, however his fans are like Trump fans, they will believe anything he said. Bill

  11. “it’s good to be king”?????

    what exactly are you King of?

    kings of cheating? kings of hubris? Kings of playing outside the rules while the rest of the league and all real sport fans know that your “titles” mean absolutely nothing

  12. Belichick will spend time training his players and coaches to be ready for the device failures that have and will continue to happen, and then when it happens in a game his preparation will be called cheating by people that can’t think past their next meal. This is why he needs two hands to wear all his SB rings.

  13. Keep telling yourselves it was cheating why your pathetic team lost or will continue to lose. Remember Belichick is not the Boogieman, like John Wick he is the one you send to kill the Boogieman.

  14. The usual tin foil hatted crowd who dont kniw how to do anything but bleat cheater over and over again

    All you do is show how little knowledge about the game and how little reading comprehension you have

  15. POLLING: Just curious, do you think NFL TV ratings will be up or down this season? I kind of sense that the NFL is peaking and eventually will begin to lose viewers.

    Your thoughts?

  16. There is something to be said about the old-fashioned pen & paper method. Last I checked, neither of the 2 will ever run out of batteries; OR have some technological-malfunction during God-knows-when.

    But hey, what does Mr Wonka & his oompa-loompas know…

  17. @seriously423

    Belichick is a GENIOUS ??? you take the cake you aren’t simply a bandwagon jumper you are an imbecile onmtop of it.

  18. seriously423 says “Belichick is a genious!”
    Only an illiterate Pats fan would post on a national site and mispell genius. My third grader had a good laugh though.

  19. Only one team was caught (and admitted to) taping an opponent’s walk through…the Denver Broncos. Look it up, kids.

    Mr. Davis was right about that organization. Ugly, dirty, cheats. RIP Mr. Davis.

  20. the greatest gm and coach in nfl history

    the only one ever so great, the commissioner and some owners scheme behind the scenes to sell “cheating” concepts to the entitled moron trophy generation known as Millennials.

    yikes

    i weep for our country’s future

  21. Hey, BTSC–you do know that Josh McDaniels was their coach when the Broncos got caught taping an opponent’s practice (and the coach doing the taping was Dante Scarnecchia’s son), don’t you? Rotten apples not falling far from the rotten tree….

  22. dolphins4life says:
    Aug 13, 2016 11:50 AM
    Of course he does. He already has his IT guys figuring out how to hack into the opposing teams tablets. Biggest cheating coach in the history of sports for a reason. Don’t disappoint now Belicheat.
    ——————–
    Between the Pats and the Phins, who taped whose practice? The Phins, they audio taped the Pats. Seeing as you hate cheats so much you should look it up – you’ll find it listed a little later on than all the Dirty Don’s long cheating era so maybe you missed it.

  23. As a life long Patriotsfan i ABSOLUTELY LOVE our teams reputation thruout the league…. Renting space in so many of the feeble minded is AWESOME!!!! Already have the lead before they even hit the field

  24. There is a reason the NFL destroyed all the evidence condemning the Patriots during Spygate. If that evidence ever surfaced, the league would have a huge black eye for not vacating the Pats championships.

  25. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says:
    Aug 13, 2016 12:53 PM
    Only one team was caught (and admitted to) taping an opponent’s walk through…the Denver Broncos. Look it up, kids.

    The newly hired Head coach Josh McDaniels and his assistant were immediately fired,… Josh McDaniels now works for a team who does not consider cheating a punishing offense.

  26. .
    The Patriots win totals since 2001 : 11, 9, 14, 14, 10, 12, 16, 11, 10, 14, 13, 12, 12, 12, 12,

    That, boys and girls, is Tom Brady’s legacy based on fact, not conjecture.
    .

  27. seriously423 says:
    Aug 13, 2016 11:19 AM
    Belichick is a genious!

    Brady is the GOAT!

    The rest of you suck!
    ————————————————————————–

    I may suck but at least I don’t swallow as you Cheaters fans do.

  28. deadontoilet, Judge Smails,
    ReligionIsForIdiots, dolphins4life , et all,
    ——–

    I’m really sorry to never have produced the proof for all of your claims of video taping practices. I’m even more sorry the Herald’s full page apology and retraction of my Matt Walsh story was never noticed by all my fans who have backed me in the daily Pats’ comments sections (thanks guys, I appreciate the support). As soon as that Matt Walsh guy comes forth with the tape he said he had, that would back up his and all of your claims, I promise to get that story reprinted. I bet ESPN will be first in line to give me huge amounts of money for it. Keep up the good fight Pats-Truthers. Someday we will find the proof we so desperately need to not look like the paranoid conspiracy driven tools Pats fans think we are.

  29. The other 31 head coaches would need the rest of the week to figure out what the videos mean in terms of game plan adjustments. And they’d still screw it up.

  30. Brady is the GOAT QB. The Hoodie is the GOAT Coach. With 1 SB Championship in the last 11 years you’re not even close to the GOAT team.

  31. Judge Smails says:
    Aug 13, 2016 11:56 AM

    What was lost is the mangini whistleblow was that NE was warned a few times for illegal frequencies and in that game too it was discovered
    ———————————–
    First I’ve heard that one, where is your proof.

  32. packmanfan says:
    Aug 13, 2016 3:13 PM

    seriously423 says:
    Aug 13, 2016 11:19 AM
    Belichick is a genious!

    Brady is the GOAT!

    The rest of you suck!
    ————————————————————————–

    I may suck but at least I don’t swallow as you Cheaters fans do.
    ——————————————
    You just take it through the back door.

  33. When the Great One speaks you’d be wise to listen. Do anything you want, change the rules, make a new rule,selectively enforce the rules, high tech, low tech, make excuses, or just take the humiliation and go home, he’ll be a step ahead and have his boys better prepared.

  34. skawh says:
    Aug 13, 2016 1:57 PM
    Why, because they can record opponents from the sideline and provide instant playback?
    ———————
    Really? I thought they were only allowed to check their e-mail.

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