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Mostly positive reviews for NFL's new tablets

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm •  Published: August 10, 2014
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Coaches did run into some issues.

In Washington's 23-6 win over New England, one tablet was missing a play from the first series of the game that was on other tablets. That was corrected quickly.

Coaches also had to figure out which direction to swipe for the next picture. Usually, that involves dragging the finger left. This tablet requires a swipe right. Washington coach Jay Gruden called that a little weird, taking time to become accustomed to the difference. Still, count him among the converts to quickly check coverages or blitzes.

"Those tablets do come in handy and I think it'll take some getting used to by the coaches, but I think they were good," Gruden said.

Falcons coach Mike Smith called the tablets a "work in progress." His coaches had better luck with them upstairs than on the sideline of their 16-10 win over Miami, and they also used the tablets at halftime. The tablets include no video, so their use currently has its limits.

"On the sideline it wasn't as clear and as smooth as he would've liked it to be," Smith said. "I think that can contributed to a number of things. It could be some tweaks we have to do in terms of software, but there's also the possibility of the user not being familiar with all of the ways that you can move around on that tablet."

Some coaches are sticking with the black-and-white printouts the NFL will use all season as a backup like Arizona coach Bruce Arians. He joked he will "let Tom handle the high-tech stuff," 75-year-old assistant head coach Tom Moore.

As for the players, the tablets are just another tool.

"They're all tech-savvy," Morris said. "They've got iPads, they walk around with these iPhones and all this stuff."

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AP Sports Writers Joseph White in Richmond, Virginia; Bob Baum in Glendale, Arizona; and Charles Odum in Atlanta; Associated Press Writer George Henry in Flowery Branch, Georgia; and AP freelance writer Brian Hinchman in Nashville contributed to this report.

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