Aug 3, 2014; Canton, OH, USA; New York Giants coach uses a Microsoft Surface table on the sidelines during the third quarter of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Buffalo Bills at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

First look: NFL's Microsoft Surface tablet debut

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As we reported previously, the NFL has decided this will be the year for tablets to reach the sidelines. With that, Microsoft Surface tablets made their debut Sunday in the Hall of Fame Game between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills.

And, well, things started out a little rocky. Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone told the AP, “I was told mine was going to work, and mine didn’t work. They said they would get it right and there was miscommunication.”

By the second half, things were working well and Marrone says he “liked it a lot.”

Early in the game, a meeting of the minds on the Giants sideline was being led by a coach holding up a binder full of printed-out, black and white photos of the opposing defense. Clearly, not everyone was fully ready to jump on board.

NFL Spokesman Brian McCarthy speculates, however, that those who do not embrace the tablets right away will start to use them as soon as they believe other teams are gaining a competitive advantage.

And, as you can see, not all of the Giants personnel have shunned their new tablets.

Aug 3, 2014; Canton, OH, USA; New York Giants coach uses a Microsoft Surface table on the sidelines during the third quarter of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Buffalo Bills at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully the technical kinks get worked out. While most of us don’t have a rooting interest in whether Tom Coughlin operates a computer for the first time, it could get dicey if teams have their tablets fail on them in the regular season or have some sort of catastrophic glitch.

Read more about the new tablets in our original piece.

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