Cowboys' playbook goes digital

OXNARD, Calif. – Technology has come to the Dallas Cowboys. Gone are the old playbooks. In is the iPad.

“It beats killing all those trees with all the paper in your hand,” defensive end Jason Hatcher said. “It’s easier to learn. They can download a lot of stuff and you can be ahead of the game. You can watch film and go through the instillation before you get it the next day. You can be in your room getting ahead. It’s very useful.”

The Cowboys are like a number of teams in the NFL that have put their playbooks on iPads. Coach Jason Garrett said most of the players have grown up on video games and that this might be an easier way for them to learn.

But he doesn’t want them to get away from the correct way of studying. He wants them to take notes just as they would before, except now they can take those notes on the iPad.

Garrett added that some of the coaches have needed some help in adjusting to technology.

“There are some old-school guys who take a tremendous amount of pride in being old-school guys,” Garrett said.

And for those worried about players scanning the Internet or playing Words With Friends during meeting time, there is security in place so they can't download any apps.

“I don’t think there’s any minuses,” defensive end Marcus Spears said, “unless you lose it and have to pay that fine.”

How much is that fine? Try $10,000. That’s pretty hefty. And they also get fined for not having the iPad charged for meetings.