Miami Dolphins move playbook to iPads

DAVIE - The Miami Dolphins have officially joined the iPad movement.

New coach Joe Philbin had the playbook put on the Apple tablets and all 90 players on the training camp roster has been issued one that the team will regularly update, and use on a daily basis.

The Dolphins are among a handful of teams, which includes the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers, using iPads as teaching tools.

"We went from a playbook that's about five inches thick to an iPad. It's definitely a transition, exciting," rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill said about the tablet, which was give to the players last week. "It's a tool we can use, makes it a lot more [handier] to carry around and study."

According to the players, the iPad version of the playbook is also easier to navigate considering it turns like a book, and has a glossary.

Philbin acknowledged he's not too technologically savvy, but transitioning the playbook to an iPad is ideal for this generation of NFL players.

"I still got my notebook and pencil, and a big thick three-ring binder," Philbin said. "For the players it is so much easier for them.

"It's tougher for an old coach, but the guys are flipping through that stuff and pushing buttons," Philbin added. "Teaching wise it was the best thing to do."

But the team issued iPad does come with restrictions. Tannehill said there's a "long list of things we aren't supposed to do."

On that list of don'ts are: don't lose it, carry it to all meetings, don't download anything, and players were informed their activity on the team issued iPads could be tracked.

All iPad violators are subjected to a $10,000 fine.

But Philbin isn't too concerned about his players playing games, music or surfing the web during team meetings.

"If our guys are sitting in meetings and playing a bunch of music or going on ProFootballTalk.com we're not going to be very good," Philbin said. "We're going to find guys who love football, love their job, and want to be good. If we have to police that type of stuff it is going to be tough to win games."

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