Fed-Up Belichick Takes Screen Out of His Arsenal. (The Hand-Held One.)


Images of Bill Belichick and his Microsoft tablet may become rarer soon.

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“They’re just too undependable,” Bill Belichick, the Patriots’ chronically unimpressed coach, said.

“It’s basically a problem every week,” he added.

“I just can’t take it anymore,” he said at a news conference Tuesday.

Was Belichick talking about backup quarterbacks? Properly inflated footballs? Nope. He was talking, of course, about the scourge of the N.F.L.: tablet computers. The Microsoft Surface tablets that the league uses on the sideline to provide images of plays are an I.T. nightmare, Belichick said.

“I’m going to stick with pictures, which several of our other coaches do as well, because there just isn’t enough consistency in the performance of the tablets,” he said at a news conference that sounded more like a CNET review.

“As you have probably noticed, I’m done with the tablets,” he said.

After taking some shots at other sideline technology, he concluded by saying: “I’ll use the paper pictures from here on because I just have…

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