“Well I still have my notebook and pencil and big thick three ring binder, but with this generation of players it’s much easier for them to get used to things than it is for a guy like me,” he said. “Teaching wise it was the best thing to do. They’re still going to have notebooks to take notes and write things down.
“If you can make it easier for people and make it more convenient for people, they will take advantage of the learning that’s available to them. Plus, the film aspect is a whole different thing too. So now you have this (iPad) that has everything as opposed to just one thing with a static picture.”
So many of the players already have their own personal iPads, so they already were familiar with the technology and the benefits. Cornerback
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“It’s a nice change from the old playbooks because they’re nice and neat and you really don’t have a big book to carry around,” said Incognito, who is entering his eighth season in the league. “They fit in a bag really nice and it’s a good deal. I’m still adapting to the new iPad but they’re really nice. It’s a lot better than carrying around a big, clunky playbook because we have all of our stuff in one spot.”
Garrard and wide receiver
Not only is Garrard adapting to the new technology, but he also is learning an entirely new offense from the one he ran in Jacksonville with the Jaguars his first 10 years in the NFL. He appreciates the benefits of having all of his learning tools in one place than perhaps some of the younger players.
“This is totally different than anything we have ever been used to in the past but that’s how this day and age is flowing,” Garrard said. “Everything is headed in that direction and it’s good that the league is trying to keep up with that kind of stuff. It makes it tremendously easier because we have everything right there at our disposal – our playbook, plays, game film, practice film and we’ve never had that before. We used to bring home CDs, disks, DVDs and that kind of stuff and now we have everything in one place.”
It wasn’t a given that all of the young players would be automatic fans of the switch to the iPad as some of them were taught by old school coaches in high school and college. Smith revealed that third-year cornerback
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“I’m struggling with it because I’m so used to the paper,” Bess said. “It’s just more convenient because you don’t have to carry your backpack full of papers now. Every day we were getting stacks and stacks of papers with the installs but now they just download them onto the iPad and it’s there. Technology has come a long way.”
Tell that to Philbin, who actually passed up a chance almost 30 years ago to enhance his knowledge of computers.
“I have some computer skill, but the fact of the matter is, and this is a true story, my last semester of college I was signed up for a computer class and this was in 1984,” Philbin said. “I was on track to graduate, but this class was at 8:00 in the morning, and I stayed out a little late the night before and I didn’t want to jeopardize my future so I switched into a debate class, which has served me well, at least in coaching. So it’s tougher for an old coach, but these guys are used to flipping through that stuff and pushing buttons and I think it will work fine.”
Just as long as they’re not asked to bring the iPad to his office.
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