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kingelway7
04-23-2012, 06:50 AM
DOVE VALLEY — The Denver Broncos are tossing out the tradition of printing 500-page playbooks every week for each of the 120 players, coaches, scouts and other personnel.

This season, the team will hand out iPads that feature the week's game plan, scouting reports, video clips and other relevant data.

The digital transition will not only save trees but may also give the Broncos a competitive edge. Just two other teams in the National Football League — the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers — have discarded the printed playbook in favor of a tablet and an app.

Now when Broncos head coach John Fox adds a play, the update will be pushed automatically to the playbook app on each player's iPad.

"The advantage is that when they leave the building, they can take everything home with them very easily and watch tape at night and review the game plan installation," said Broncos general manager Brian Xanders. "This is their full-time job — to prepare and do whatever they can to help us win each week. "

Consumers have purchased millions of iPads since Apple introduced the tablet computer two years ago. But the NFL is starting only now to adopt the technology.

"The NFL is very protective of the game on the field and not allowing technology to alter the play on the field," said Tony Lazzaro, director of football information systems for the Broncos.

Because of this, the league doesn't allow electronic devices such as tablets on the sidelines during games.

But for the first time, players and coaches this season will have access to those devices in the locker room up until kickoff, Lazzaro said. Previously, the gadgets had to be removed 90 minutes prior to the start of the game.

The league may eventually allow them on the sidelines for specific purposes, such as for coaches and players to view still photos of in-game formations and plays. Currently, players are handed paper printouts of those images.

"There was a thought that we'd use tablets and iPads to flip through those pictures, but they have not approved that yet," Xanders said "I can see it potentially moving that way."

The Broncos figure the savings from not having to print tens of thousands of playbook pages each season will help offset the cost of purchasing 120 iPads with Verizon Wireless 4G access — many of them the top model featuring 64 gigabytes of data, which retail for $829 each.

For the digital playbook, the team partnered with Parker-based technology startup PlayerLync.

The PlayerLync app allows players and coaches to write notes and highlight plays using the tablet's touchscreen. The playbooks are then saved on remote computer servers, allowing players to access notes from previous games. With paper playbooks, those notes are trashed each week.

A key component to the software is that it runs in the background even when a player is not reviewing the playbook, enabling the app to determine when a coach has an update to push to players, such as a new short-yardage and goal-line package.

"It used to require players to come in, meet as a group, hand off pieces of paper, 'Here's your new play,' " said Bob Paulsen, PlayerLync chief executive. "Now it's all going to be automatically downloaded."

When a player isn't connected to Wi-Fi, the app will update using the iPad's high-speed connection on Verizon's LTE network.

Paulsen said the company is in discusssions with a handful of other NFL teams on similar initiatives.

Teams guard the playbook like a national treasure. With the iPad playbook, the Broncos have two ways to secure their game plan.

The Verizon network connection will allow the team to remotely wipe the iPad if it is lost or stolen.

"If you leave a hard-copy playbook somewhere by accident, it's out there," said Bob Kelley, a Verizon spokesman. "If you lose your tablet, remotely we can wipe it, so any information on that tablet can be scrubbed."

If the network connection is disabled, the PlayerLync app has a "time bomb" feature that deletes the playbook based on a set time determined by the Broncos.

The team is also working to immediately push game video to the iPads as soon as its available, usually little more than an hour after each game.

In addition to the playbook and video clips, the Broncos are also incorporating business and player operations into the iPad.

"At this robust level, as far as we know, we're the first team to integrate everything digital on a tablet," said Derek Thomas, a team marketing official.

So if the team makes another playoff run this season, it may have more to do with the technology than the new starting quarterback.

"Hopefully, by improving the ability to communicate throughout the organization, they're going to win more games, so we're going to take credit for a lot of those," Paulsen joked.

http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_20445934/broncos-putting-ipads

Frenchy180
04-23-2012, 07:01 AM
Full Story Here (http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_20445934/broncos-putting-ipads)


DOVE VALLEY The Denver Broncos are tossing out the tradition of printing 500-page playbooks every week for each of the 120 players, coaches, scouts and other personnel.

This season, the team will hand out iPads that feature the week's game plan, scouting reports, video clips and other relevant data.

The digital transition will not only save trees but may also give the Broncos a competitive edge. Just two other teams in the National Football League the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have discarded the printed playbook in favor of a tablet and an app.

Now when Broncos head coach John Fox adds a play, the update will be pushed automatically to the playbook app on each player's iPad.

"The advantage is that when they leave the building, they can take everything home with them very easily and watch tape at night and review the game plan installation," said Broncos general manager Brian Xanders. "This is their full-time job to prepare and do whatever they can to help us win each week. "

Consumers have purchased millions of iPads since Apple introduced the tablet computer two years ago. But the NFL is starting only now to adopt the technology.

"The NFL is very protective of the game on the field and not allowing technology to alter the play on the field," said Tony Lazzaro, director of football information systems for the Broncos.

Because of this, the league doesn't allow electronic devices such as tablets on the sidelines during games.

But for the first time, players and coaches this season will have access to those devices in the locker room up until kickoff, Lazzaro said. Previously, the gadgets had to be removed 90 minutes prior to the start of the game.

The league may eventually allow them on the sidelines for specific purposes, such as for coaches and players to view still photos of in-game formations and plays. Currently, players are handed
The Denver Broncos are starting to use iPads to view game tape and their playbook, but the devices won't be allowed on the sidelines during games.
paper printouts of those images.

"There was a thought that we'd use tablets and iPads to flip through those pictures, but they have not approved that yet," Xanders said "I can see it potentially moving that way."

The Broncos figure the savings from not having to print tens of thousands of playbook pages each season will help offset the cost of purchasing 120 iPads with Verizon Wireless 4G access many of them the top model featuring 64 gigabytes of data, which retail for $829 each.

For the digital playbook, the team partnered with Parker-based technology startup PlayerLync.

The PlayerLync app allows players and coaches to write notes and highlight plays using the tablet's touchscreen. The playbooks are then saved on remote computer servers, allowing players to access notes from previous games. With paper playbooks, those notes are trashed each week.

A key component to the software is that it runs in the background even when a player is not reviewing the playbook, enabling the app to determine when a coach has an update to push to players, such as a new short-yardage and goal-line package.

"It used to require players to come in, meet as a group, hand off pieces of paper, 'Here's your new play,' " said Bob Paulsen, PlayerLync chief executive. "Now it's all going to be automatically downloaded."

When a player isn't connected to Wi-Fi, the app will update using the iPad's high-speed connection on Verizon's LTE network.

Paulsen said the company is in discusssions with a handful of other NFL teams on similar initiatives.

Teams guard the playbook like a national treasure. With the iPad playbook, the Broncos have two ways to secure their game plan.

The Verizon network connection will allow the team to remotely wipe the iPad if it is lost or stolen.

"If you leave a hard-copy playbook somewhere by accident, it's out there," said Bob Kelley, a Verizon spokesman. "If you lose your tablet, remotely we can wipe it, so any information on that tablet can be scrubbed."

If the network connection is disabled, the PlayerLync app has a "time bomb" feature that deletes the playbook based on a set time determined by the Broncos.

The team is also working to immediately push game video to the iPads as soon as its available, usually little more than an hour after each game.

In addition to the playbook and video clips, the Broncos are also incorporating business and player operations into the iPad.

"At this robust level, as far as we know, we're the first team to integrate everything digital on a tablet," said Derek Thomas, a team marketing official.

So if the team makes another playoff run this season, it may have more to do with the technology than the new starting quarterback.

"Hopefully, by improving the ability to communicate throughout the organization, they're going to win more games, so we're going to take credit for a lot of those," Paulsen joked.

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Neat stuff, hope nobody beat me to this while I was posting it.

shawinkerpoppin
04-23-2012, 07:23 AM
Seems like a pretty good idea. Probably will be less intimidating and easier to read also. I know I find it easier to read something on my phone or tablet vs paper.

tat2matt
04-23-2012, 07:25 AM
Basically they'll just be playing Madden against each other all the time.

jaycuthroat
04-23-2012, 07:30 AM
They should disable all apps and other crap

Frenchy180
04-23-2012, 07:38 AM
They should disable all apps and other crap
I read another article about this a while back, most of the league is going to iPads this year actually... and apps will be disabled for the most part... It will also be password protected, and standard email will be disabled.

CoryWinget81
04-23-2012, 07:39 AM
The comments are ridiculous on the Post, lol.

"I could have the entire playbook uploadable in an hour, and I'm not even a hacker!"

Do you REALLY think a multi-million dollar corporation hired a company to do this without having every possible thing covered?

lol

"I can hack this!"

No, no you can't.

Frenchy180
04-23-2012, 07:43 AM
The comments are ridiculous on the Post, lol.

"I could have the entire playbook uploadable in an hour, and I'm not even a hacker!"

Do you REALLY think a multi-million dollar corporation hired a company to do this without having every possible thing covered?

lol

"I can hack this!"

No, no you can't.
I seen that too :laugh:

This will have highly sophisticated security encryption involved, and constantly changing passwords... But boy oh boy would that app be fun to get a hold of :D

Pruke
04-23-2012, 07:44 AM
It's going to be easier to track, remote erase, etc...

Playbooks can be taken to Fedex/Kinkos so easily.

Amari24
04-23-2012, 07:47 AM
They should disable all apps and other crap

I doubt they would even want to use if for apps to begin with. It's safe to say that the majority could afford their own iPad or smartphone if all they wanted it for were apps.

CoryWinget81
04-23-2012, 07:50 AM
I seen that too :laugh:

This will have highly sophisticated security encryption involved, and constantly changing passwords... But boy oh boy would that app be fun to get a hold of :D

Yeah, I imagine they have a little keyfob that they have to have to have the current password. Probably changes every 90 seconds. Mom works for Wells Fargo, and it's how they keep their stuff locked up tight.

OrangeCrush_304
04-23-2012, 07:54 AM
Peyton Manning will be confused reading the hi-tech stuff he's old school. :goz:

johnjoda
04-23-2012, 07:56 AM
I love it!

Forward thinking wins championships. The game tape feature is most exciting! Practice tape will also be handy.

How would they have handled this during the lockout?automatic updated playbook!

great collaboration opportunity!

Frenchy180
04-23-2012, 07:59 AM
I love it!

Forward thinking wins championships. The game tape feature is most exciting! Practice tape will also be handy.

How would they have handled this during the lockout?automatic updated playbook!

great collaboration opportunity!
wow... that's a great question bringing up the Lockout... Keep in mind some teams incorporated this last year. I wonder how much of an advantage that was for the Ravens, since teams were able to hand out playbooks the day before the draft I think it was...

flosstein
04-23-2012, 08:05 AM
Peyton Manning will be confused reading the hi-tech stuff he's old school. :goz:

Funny I was just thinking that. I could see his sitting in the box in his locker and him still lugging notebooks and highlighters around. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

jaycuthroat
04-23-2012, 08:32 AM
I doubt they would even want to use if for apps to begin with. It's safe to say that the majority could afford their own iPad or smartphone if all they wanted it for were apps.
Obviously they could afford there own but yk you don't want them signed on to facetime twitter and all that popping up while studying, just avoid the temptation

BroncoFanBoy
04-23-2012, 08:43 AM
I have an iPhone. What app will they use for playbooks? I'd like to download it :)

Denverslim14
04-23-2012, 08:45 AM
The coach wants to see you. Bring your iPad.

RazR
04-23-2012, 09:37 AM
I bet most of the league transitions to this in the near future.

getlynched47
04-23-2012, 10:03 AM
They buy 120 iPads, while thousands of children are starving in Africa.

:coffee:

#24 Next Champ
04-23-2012, 11:14 AM
Good stuff...I think it'll make plays a tad easier to understand as well as obviously allow for better engagement and organization of football related stuff to improve on

I like it...but they better have this thing encrypted better than all the private government sites that just got hacked in that huge hacker attack

Jay3
04-23-2012, 12:12 PM
It will be great if the play can have a video or animation of the play running, right there on the page with the play call.

ironfootball39
04-23-2012, 12:47 PM
They buy 120 iPads, while thousands of children are starving in Africa.

:coffee:

You spend your time looking on sports forums instead of volunteering... How dare you!?

:)

demosthenes9
04-23-2012, 09:13 PM
The comments are ridiculous on the Post, lol.

"I could have the entire playbook uploadable in an hour, and I'm not even a hacker!"

Do you REALLY think a multi-million dollar corporation hired a company to do this without having every possible thing covered?

lol

"I can hack this!"

No, no you can't.


What a silly freaking statement. Think the multimillion dollar movie industry didn't try very hard to encrypt DVD and then Blu Ray to prevent piracy ? Guess what ? Both were cracked.

BroncoFanNC
04-23-2012, 09:44 PM
What a silly freaking statement. Think the multimillion dollar movie industry didn't try very hard to encrypt DVD and then Blu Ray to prevent piracy ? Guess what ? Both were cracked.

Where's the program that let's me on my banks server so I can change the number of 0s on my checking account?

RealBronco
04-23-2012, 10:22 PM
The comments are ridiculous on the Post, lol.

"I could have the entire playbook uploadable in an hour, and I'm not even a hacker!"

Do you REALLY think a multi-million dollar corporation hired a company to do this without having every possible thing covered?

lol

"I can hack this!"

No, no you can't.

There will be at least one person that will be able to hack it, if they chose to.



I doubt they would even want to use if for apps to begin with. It's safe to say that the majority could afford their own iPad or smartphone if all they wanted it for were apps.

Most of them probably already have one.


They buy 120 iPads, while thousands of children are starving in Africa.

:coffee:

because Africa is the only continent in the world with poverty......


Where's the program that let's me on my banks server so I can change the number of 0s on my checking account?

this isn't a bank situation with that type of encryption most likely. and you're assuming said program doesn't exist.

although it's not really a program per se. if you're good enough, you can do that too... and if you can do that, hacking some entertainment industry servers isn't going to be much of a challenge i suspect.

PioneerBroncFan
04-23-2012, 10:28 PM
awesome!

10char

demosthenes9
04-24-2012, 11:13 AM
Where's the program that let's me on my banks server so I can change the number of 0s on my checking account?

Bank's get hacked all the time, it just doesn't get publicized that much. Same with multiBillion dollar Credit Card companies, and top 100 Companies.

For someone to say "oh, the NFL is a multimillion dollar company, so it they will think of everything" is just flat out silly.

#24 Next Champ
04-24-2012, 11:36 AM
I'm sure the best hackers in the world could hack it...but I doubt too many owners/coaches/GM's have access to those guys although I wouldn't put it out of the question

You have to also consider how many Playbooks were copied and sold by practice squad players, TC bodies, etc...there's never 100% safety in ANYTHING in life ...

I'd think overall this is more safe than paper with ALL things considered

giv
04-25-2012, 10:03 AM
The coach wants to see you. Bring your iPad.

lol:thumb: ....

samparnell
04-25-2012, 03:47 PM
There will be at least one person that will be able to hack it, if they chose to.

Josh McDaniels, Bill Belichick and Mickey Loomis

PS I collect playbooks, but they are all on paper in sleeves in binders.

jarbronco
04-25-2012, 03:54 PM
Josh McDaniels, Bill Belichick and Mickey Loomis

PS I collect playbooks, but they are all on paper in sleeves in binders.

LOL! The Usual suspects!

Anything can and will be hacked. The Pentagon has been busted several times. It's like assasinating a highly protected figure. If you accept the eventuality of getting caught, it can be done. I think the top hackers will not be lured by playbooks as much as they would other targets.

100%Broncoholic
04-25-2012, 06:36 PM
Interesting piece. Just asked Andre Caldwell about iPad playbooks and his response:

@caldwell87: We don't have the plays on iPads not yet at least.. We old school pen and pad right now

garzjoe
04-25-2012, 06:46 PM
Technology is great! But as with anything in a digital age security is VERY important!

Thx,
Joe

demosthenes9
04-25-2012, 10:48 PM
I'm sure the best hackers in the world could hack it...but I doubt too many owners/coaches/GM's have access to those guys although I wouldn't put it out of the question

You have to also consider how many Playbooks were copied and sold by practice squad players, TC bodies, etc...there's never 100% safety in ANYTHING in life ...

I'd think overall this is more safe than paper with ALL things considered


LOL! The Usual suspects!

Anything can and will be hacked. The Pentagon has been busted several times. It's like assasinating a highly protected figure. If you accept the eventuality of getting caught, it can be done. I think the top hackers will not be lured by playbooks as much as they would other targets.

Exactly! Almost ANYTHING can be hacked, even with a multimillion dollar company behind it.

It's not only a question of owners, coaches or GM's having access to and getting someone to hack for them. Hackers might just decide that the playbooks are tempting targets and that it would be a fun challenge to go after them.

Think about celebs who have had their cell phones hacked. Was it a case of someone else hiring the hackers ? Or was it simple a case of hackers thinking that it would be fun to try and target them ?

It's cache to these types. "Street cred" or "net cred" if you will.

#24 Next Champ
04-25-2012, 11:01 PM
Exactly! Almost ANYTHING can be hacked, even with a multimillion dollar company behind it.

It's not only a question of owners, coaches or GM's having access to and getting someone to hack for them. Hackers might just decide that the playbooks are tempting targets and that it would be a fun challenge to go after them.

Think about celebs who have had their cell phones hacked. Was it a case of someone else hiring the hackers ? Or was it simple a case of hackers thinking that it would be fun to try and target them ?

It's cache to these types. "Street cred" or "net cred" if you will.

The hackers would have to sell it someone for it to be harmful though ...

CoryWinget81
04-26-2012, 06:35 AM
What a silly freaking statement. Think the multimillion dollar movie industry didn't try very hard to encrypt DVD and then Blu Ray to prevent piracy ? Guess what ? Both were cracked.

Well, you'd know. You are the AUTHORITY on silly statements.

That being said, I was saying the person that said he wasn't a hacker couldn't hack it.

But you didn't read that, you just made a silly freaking statement.

demosthenes9
04-26-2012, 02:09 PM
The hackers would have to sell it someone for it to be harmful though ...

Not the case. All they would need to do is release a team's playbook on the net and it would cause plenty of trouble for the team involved.

Imagine that Denver is making a playoff run, then midweek before a big game, their playbook hits the web. Think defensive COs wouldn't take advantage of it ? Think McCoy, Fox and the offense wouldn't be worried about it ?

demosthenes9
04-26-2012, 02:17 PM
Well, you'd know. You are the AUTHORITY on silly statements.

That being said, I was saying the person that said he wasn't a hacker couldn't hack it.

But you didn't read that, you just made a silly freaking statement.


Actually, you said a bit more than that Cory. Here, let me remind you:


The comments are ridiculous on the Post, lol.

"I could have the entire playbook uploadable in an hour, and I'm not even a hacker!"

Do you REALLY think a multi-million dollar corporation hired a company to do this without having every possible thing covered?

lol

"I can hack this!"

No, no you can't.


I stand by what I said previously, it's a silly freaking statement.

#24 Next Champ
04-26-2012, 04:41 PM
Not the case. All they would need to do is release a team's playbook on the net and it would cause plenty of trouble for the team involved.

Imagine that Denver is making a playoff run, then midweek before a big game, their playbook hits the web. Think defensive COs wouldn't take advantage of it ? Think McCoy, Fox and the offense wouldn't be worried about it ?

Yeah, true

Good point ...think it's probably set up as an intranet though which makes it that much harder cuz being able to even find it becomes a huge problem because it's probably not even (I'd almost guarentee) it's not on the internet and that makes it hard to even locate in the first place

I didn't even think about that n it's being overlooked in this thread

azbroncofan77
05-01-2012, 02:45 AM
I wonder if the players & coaches will be able to IM each other while looking over things? Like Manning sitting at home, has some ideas or notes he wants to share with his wr's. So on...

teetdogs
05-03-2012, 08:48 AM
Yeah, true

Good point ...think it's probably set up as an intranet though which makes it that much harder cuz being able to even find it becomes a huge problem because it's probably not even (I'd almost guarentee) it's not on the internet and that makes it hard to even locate in the first place

I didn't even think about that n it's being overlooked in this thread

While it may be over a "intranet" that intranet still has to traverse a public network in some shape or form for it to be able to be sent out to players who are not local to the facility. The only way for it not to traverse a public network for be for the ipad to only update while at a Broncos facility. Whether its a VPN or a private Verizon MPLS cloud then over their cellular connections there is still the potential for it to be hacked.