Patriots coach Bill Belichick proclaims he's done with the Microsoft Surface

Patriots coach Bill Belichick proclaims he's done with the Microsoft Surface
Back in 2014, Microsoft and NFL negotiated key spots for the Surface tablets within the sports organization. At matches, they can be found in the hands of coaches, players, and occasionally being smashed to bits in anger outbursts. As it turns out, sometimes Microsoft's Surface slates have been asking for it. During a conference call today, Patriots coach Bill Belichick (pictured before bashing a Surface tablet in a wall) announced that he's done with the tablets and turning back to printed photos to do his job. "There’s just no consistency." - he explained, and added: "I’ve given them as much time as I can give them. I just can't take it anymore."

Coach Belichick also complained that technology generally fails on the playing field: "There are very few games where there aren't issues in some form or fashion with that equipment. And again, there's a lot of equipment involved, too. There are headsets in the helmets, there's the belt pack, that communication, there's a hookup or connection to internet service or that process and so forth with the coaches and the press box... and inevitably something goes wrong somewhere at some point in time."

Microsoft was quick to get back with a statement, saying it respects the coach's decision to abandon tablets, but the Surface tablet is reliable and there has been continuous positive feedback by coaches, players, and teams personnel across the league. As it isually goes, the truth is somewhere in between – while Belichick is obviously reluctant to adapt to current technology, sometimes a digital alternative to paper photos can turn out to be too complicated for its own good.

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28 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

Ouch..

7. BeersAndTech

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

The Surface really does suck.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

What makes it "suck" to you? Do share...

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Don't be naïve people, this coach is done with all the tablets regardless of brand.

13. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Of course he is. Not the first time Belichick has complained about the NFL's dependency on tablets and tech. But the MS haters won't be able to pile on if it isn't the Surface's fault.

29. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

He complained about how hard it is to set the clock on his toyota. He's old school. He's the guy that calls his grand son for help with tech.

16. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

His statement is due to using the Surface though dude. They never had iPads on the sideline due to this contract!

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I understand where he is coming from. I have my own challenging time with Windows 10. I been using MSDOS to Windows 10 and Windows 10 offers the worst user experience. Its like the whole world has become Microsoft Beta User.

30. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I love windows 10 and where it's heading but I agree that stability is not the best due to it being a pretty new OS. The kernel was rewritten to be super modular and work on any hardware. And it's not finished till Redstone 2 really. So they have to keep an unfinished OS stable for the masses, must be tough. I don't have issues now with all the latest updates but I have had them in the past and they were really weird where it happened only on one computer and not others. So It's super unpredictable at this point.

20. deleon629

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I know its hard to believe, but I've had my Surface Pro 2 (core i5) since 2013. I hear it has less bugs than even the latest models...

21. flow280

Posts: 33; Member since: May 09, 2016

Agreed. I love my SP4, but it really does suck. Wouldn't use it for anything important, say school or work related. It's just way too buggy and unreliable. For those doubters, try using one and you'd agree.

28. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

No.. PA sucks. This article really is: Bill DBAG Belichik ditches technology. he's not ditching the surface tablet, he's ditching technology. He'd have the same complaints regardless of the company providing the gadgetry. But.. this is PA, so they'll word it in such a way to get a click or twist it to look unfavorably (or favorably) on the brand they choose. btw.. "At matches"?? Football here in America is a GAME, not a match.

2. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yeah....sure MS, friends is experiencing buyers remorse after to separate power supply packs failed. According to him is one of the most inconsistent and finicky devices.

3. Fona13A unregistered

Okay go and get your cheap RCA two in one android, surely you get better results with that...

4. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Without naming it, I don't think that's the device they would turn to.

5. Fona13A unregistered

I'll see Bill back in a day or two with another Surface. He sounds like the type who'd get frustrated no matter what goes on.

6. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

He already named the "device" he's turning back to: printed photos.

25. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Yeah. Clearly he'd go with a cheap Polaroid Android tablet. Duh.

10. Metropolis75

Posts: 197; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Yeah Bill. We know that technology goes wrong on the field. Especially those headsets at Gillette Stadium. And those grainy videos from the cameras painted at the other teams sidelines.

11. Metropolis75

Posts: 197; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

*pointed*

23. fiji.siv

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

If he thinks the tech is bad, he should try the visitor's side of Gillette Stadium.

26. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Don't forget those faulty ball-inflators.

15. htcisthebest

Posts: 437; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

And in a few months he will be rocking the next-gen Surface Book lol

19. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

50+ yr old man blames technology and not himself....yeah where have I heard that before.

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right... blame that surface for your incompetence, lol... other coachs are fine with it, and I guess he'll realize something and use tablet again.. soon...

24. fiji.siv

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Football... matches?!?

27. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Yeah. I'm surprised the article didn't report that when he threw his Surface onto the pitch, his football club was down 16-nil.

31. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

Have never used a surface so can't comment on them. If it had Windows 10 on it I can understand why he threw into the ground. Windows 10 is the crappiest OS I've ever seen. It even makes Android look good. I would never use any tablet in a situation like a football game where I needed accurate info quickly and my job is on the line. That is totally NUTS. Tablets are just as unreliable as phones, especially if on the Android OS. They are nowhere near ready for prime time.

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