The New England Patriots first experienced technical difficulties with their sideline tablets during last January’s AFC Championship loss to the Denver Broncos. Most recently, the Patriots coaching staff had to hand-signal plays after the coach-player communication system faltered on Sunday in New England’s 35-17 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.
Frustrated with the uncooperative tablets, head coach Bill Belichick went on an epic rant during a Tuesday morning conference call.
“I’m done with tablets. They’re just too undependable for me,” Belichick told reporters. “I just can’t take it anymore. There are very few games where there aren’t issues in some form or fashion with that equipment.” His full rant lasted 5 minutes and 25 seconds.
Tuesday afternoon, Microsoft, the manufacturer of the tablets in question, responded to the surly coach’s comments.
“We respect Coach Belichick’s decision, but stand behind the reliability of Surface. We continue to receive positive feedback on having Surface devices on the sidelines from coaches, players and team personnel across the league. In the instances where sideline issues are reported in NFL games, we work closely with the NFL to quickly address and resolve.”