iPad at Work: As the Indianapolis Colts’ Playbook

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Ryan Fannin, the Colts’ director of football information systems

It looks like the iPad has gained quite a bit of momentum in the NFL this year. There are now more than a dozen NFL teams using the iPad – and many of them are using it to replace traditional playbooks. As Biztech Magazine reports, one of the teams that has adopted the iPad this year is the Indianapolis Colts.

Along with Chuck Pagano, their new coach this year, and Andrew Luck, their new franchise quarterback, the team has now replaced their printed playbooks with iPads, which they believe gives them a competitive edge.

Back in March the Colts bought 120 iPads for their 90 players and 20 coaches – with 10 to be used as spares. They chose 64GB WiFi only iPad 3s as their standard.

“Pagano feels it’s a competitive advantage to give players all the information at their fingertips and for them to learn in a way they have grown accustomed to,” says Ryan Fannin, the Colts’ director of football information systems. “It’s not about pen and paper anymore. We are able to tie a video with a diagram of a play. It helps players learn, and it’s a huge benefit for the team.”

It’s definitely been a hugely successful season for the Colts. They’ve gone from a 2-14 disaster last year to 10 wins and a playoff berth this season. Great job iPad – though I suppose Luck and Pagano and a few of those other Colts players and coaches may have had a little something to do with the success as well. :)

Patrick Jordan

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