There has been a recent trend in the NFL to phase out old habits and infuse digital technologies within organizations. The Indianapolis Colts may become the latest team to do so.
During the 2011 NFL season, two teams, the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, used iPads for their playbooks and film study. It only makes sense that teams are making this switch recently. I recently wrote about the Houston Texans' implementation of tablet devices as well. More and more teams are going this direction for the enhanced security, ease of use, and cost savings that it provides to them. Giving coaches the ability to update the software and provide updated game plans on a weekly and even daily basis is a big deal for organizations. The ability to have complete control over the devices is a real game changer for teams.
Along with the Colts, the St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, and Detroit Lions are also looking into making the switch to iPad devices. These teams are clearly just the beginning. I could definitely see iPads being used throughout the NFL in the future.
As a fan of the team, this move only makes sense. These young players are likely to already be familiar with the technology and it will only help their learning curve. It's nice to see that the new regime is moving forward with the direction they best see fit for the team going forward. I feel like under Bill and Chris Polian, the team never would have made this move and would have done things the old way until they were forced to change. The infusion of Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano bring this change which will only help players and staff moving forward. This move will have little impact on fans but is nice to see my favorite team changing and adopting technology moving forward. Using iPads makes perfect sense and would help put the Indianapolis Colts ahead of the curve moving forward.
Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. He also runs the blog www.coltsfansonline.com that covers the team. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.