NFL Teams Are Pretty Excited About How Safe They Think Their iPad Playbooks Are


Jaguars FootballWant to steal the Jacksonville Jaguars’ secrets? You may be out of luck.

The years of a loose-minded rookie losing his playbook on a road trip appear to be in the rearview mirror, with not even the recently revealed snoop-happy National Security Administration able to get to the NFL’s greatest secrets. That’s because team playbooks, as well as all the statistical information they want to share, are being stored on iPads, and teams are pulling out the stops to ensure their security.

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports is on the case, reporting that many teams “have gone to great lengths to make sure their iPads don’t get hacked — and safety nets put into place in case one gets lost or, dare we say, in the wrong hands.”

Marvez says teams can use the iPads for anything from playbooks to advanced statistical information. He mentions the Chiefs and Jaguars as being the two latest teams to join the fun, while The Associated Press has reported that 14 teams put their playbooks on iPads exclusively in 2012.

“Our security is very strong,” Marvez reports a Chiefs spokesman as saying. “The iPads will be managed by a mobile device management console along with multifactor level security.”

Teams can wipe the iPads clean remotely if they get lost, to keep someone else from getting to the information. They can also set up timers, where information will expire at a deadline, and have passwords set up to destroy information if the correct password isn’t typed in on the first three tries.

Herein lies perhaps a greater conundrum: If the NFL is ridding itself of the problem of players leaving their playbooks where they could be purloined, are teams perhaps creating a new problem by asking large-fingered lineman to correctly type their password in three tries, or poof?

Best of “Jags123!” to you all.

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