On Monday, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said technical issues with the Microsoft Surface tablets used on the sideline are a "pretty common problem." Needless to say, Microsoft does not agree.
Yusuf Mehdi, the corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices group, defended the Surface Pro 3 tablets in a blog post on the company's site. He pointed to a network issue as the culprit for the brief outage on the Patriots sideline during Sunday's AFC Championship game loss in Denver, while also pointing out that there hasn't been a single failure in the two years that the tablets have been in use. Then he offered a humorous testimonial for the Surface's ability to withstand abuse on the sideline:
"The now infamous clips of Johnny Manziel and Aaron Rogers [sic] abusing their Surface devices are further evidence of two things: 1) players are getting information faster, even if they don't always like what they see and 2) these devices were built to endure just about anything, even Johnny Manziel's head."
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As seen in this clip from earlier in the season, Manziel gave his head more than a few whacks with one of the tablets. While Mehdi may have a point regarding the Surface's durability, it sounds like Belichick wouldn't mind a return to the old way photos on paper.