Over the past year or so, the NFL has been discovering new ways to use iPads. Some teams have thrown out their playbooks and replaced them with iPads, which has to be incredibly convenient for players who used to have to carry a massive binder full of plays around with them. The Redskins are one of the teams that switched over to the iPad as a playbook this season, but some of the players have found a new use for the device.
According to Sarah Kogod of DC Sports Bog, a few of the Washington players recently discovered that they can send a message to the team anonymously using their iPad. This feature is supposed to be used for discussing plays, but the players have been using it to talk trash.
“I don’t know who figured it out or who started it,” tight end Chris Cooley explained. “Like I said, they’re anonymous. As of today, there are maybe fifty postings. My opinion is that it will take off.”
Kids will be kids. Cooley said receiver Niles Paul told him about the feature after he had been a target of some trash talk. He also said he expects to get bashed on there at some point since he is “an easy target.” Linebacker Chris Wilson, however, gave a warning to any teammates who are planning to come at him through the use of an iPad.
“Man, they don’t want to play with me,” Wilson said. “I’ll (trash talk) someone for no reason, just because I can. I’ll make some alliances, take people out. No joke.”
From the sound of it, it’s about to go down. One team has already told its players they will be fined if they visit unauthorized sites or play games like “Angry Birds” on their iPads, so it will be interesting to see if the Redskins put a stop to the anonymous trash talk. My guess is that will happen the first time a fight breaks out in practice because someone is angry over what was said about them in the new playbook.