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Ravens at forefront of technology with use of iPad

Players can check playbook, watch film, review motivational messages on team-issued iPad

October 20, 2011|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

"Harbaugh waited until the team meeting to say in front of everybody, 'Don't be like Brendon Ayanbadejo and try to email yourself stuff on the iPad,'" Ayanbadejo recalled with a sheepish grin. "I went up to Jerry afterward and said, 'I appreciate you, Jerry, for not calling me out in front of everybody.' But it has its limits. It's like having a Ferrari, but you don't have the keys. You can get in there and you can sit in there and it's still yours, but you can't really drive it everywhere."

An adjustment for some

While the players have embraced the technology, it took the coaching staff a little while to bury their old habits.

"These players are accustomed to technical information like this — more so than the coaches," Rosburg said. "We grew up drawing circles and templates. Now it's gone a completely opposite direction. … There is a way of taking notes on it, but it's not quite as convenient [as pencil and paper]. It doesn't happen as quickly as you can with a regular piece of paper. But the coaches have had to adapt in terms of how we present it, and I think it's been a big success."

Redding demonstrated the ease of the iPad, powering it on and opening the video app where he had downloaded numerous clips of Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown. Redding scrolled through video of Brown run-blocking and pass-blocking and used the touch controls to either rewind or play it in slow motion.

"I love the fact that this organization has caught up with technology as far as saving some trees and going digital," Redding said. "… Having the iPads is cool. It's really quick to find a particular play that you need to look at. You can add stuff on there, and you can take stuff off. I really like it. It's just a world of difference from toting around a big, old, 50-pound book."

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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