Belichick: Technology doesn't mean much on the field

Belichick: Technology doesn't mean much on the field
November 18, 2011, 6:54 pm
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FOXBORO -- As the NFL Films special "Bill Belichick: A Football Life" illustrated, the Patriots coach doesn't know how to change the clock in his car. So when he was asked Friday if the Patriots coaching staff plans to use iPads for play books -- like the Baltimore Ravens currently use -- Belichick never really gave a straight answer.

Instead, he turned it into a way of stating that, regardless of what technology the coaching staff uses, it comes down to making plays on the field.

"There's so much technology out there, you could go with whatever you want," said Belichick in his press conference on Friday. "I'm sure we've got enough technological equipment in here to put the whole team on the moon."

Belichick said he's learned to embrace technology a little bit more now than he had a few years ago, mainly because of the younger players' and coaches' comfort level with the world's technological advances. Still, he admitted that he's not the best at using that equipment, joking, "I can turn it on now."

"As you know, I'm not the most technological person in this organization," said Belichick. "I rely on some other people to try to help streamline things, or find a way where we can do things a little bit more efficiently. And I understand that the people coming into the organization, that that's what they're brought up on, and that's not what I was brought up on.

"But at the same time, I don't think that's the highest priority."

The highest priority is performing on the field. It's a topic he's discussed many times with his good friend, and former St. Louis Cardinals manager, Tony La Russa.

"In the end, it comes down to blocking and tackling and running and throwing and catching and kicking," said Belichick. "Solid fundamentals and all that. You can use an iPad or a super-duper wizard computer, or whatever you want. You can throw all that crap on there, and I'm sure it will come out great. I'm sure you can get some statistical analysis that would provide 28 thesis' for MIT."

"It's the same thing in baseball," added Belichick. "Tony and I have talked about that a lot too. You've got to throw the ball, you've got to hit it, you've got to catch it, you've got to field it, you've got to run the bases. You can go out there and talk about some guys batting average when the count is 2-1, at night. At some point, you've got to go out there and play."