For nearly two quarters in Monday night’s 19-16 victory against the Washington Redskins, the Dallas Cowboys were at a competitive disadvantage.
Their Microsoft Surface tablets did not work and they were also unable to access the old-fashion photos.
Jason Garrett complained vehemently to the game officials throughout the first and second quarters of the game to get the Redskins to discontinue use of their tablets, citing the equity rule.
It wasn’t until late in the second quarter that the officials were finally able to take away the Redskins’ tablets and use of pictures.
Neither team had use of either over the final two quarters.
Luckily, for the Cowboys it didn’t have an adverse impact on the outcome. The scored was tied 3-3 at halftime.
Still, Garrett called the NFL offense and spoke with director of officiating Dean Blandino, though the Cowboys still didn’t get complete clarity on how the situation should have been handled.
Garrett declined to talk about it the situation on Tuesday.
But after the game Monday night, he acknowledged it was a problem and a huge challenge to overcome in the first half.
"It’s a challenge," Garrett said in the post-game news conference. "It’s a challenge because you get so used to seeing those pictures and verifying your thoughts. So what you have to do is communicate really, really well as to what is going on. The guys upstairs have the best vantage points of fronts, coverages and different looks that we are seeing, so they have to do a good job at taking and writing that stuff down because you don’t have the opportunity to go back and see the pictures or see the stuff that you would typically see on the tablets."