Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler described the league-provided Surface Pro 2 tablets as "Knockoff iPads," according to a Twitter post by ESPN's Jon Greenberg. In a follow-up tweet, Greenberg added a bit of context by saying, "Cutler did say the Surface tablets work great. He just didn't know who made them or what they're called." That's called damage control, folks.
Cutler just called the Microsoft Surface on sidelines "knockoff iPads."— jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) October 13, 2014
Shown above are a pair of Surface Pro 2 tablets, not iPads
Prior to the start of the current season, Microsoft made a $400 million deal with the NFL to feature its Surface slates as the official tablet of the league for the next five years. On top of that $400 million investment, Microsoft agreed to provide the NFL with hundreds of Surface Pro 2 tablets, with 13 going to each team for use on the sidelines and another dozen for the coaches' booths.
Drop and give me 20, Cutler. That was a whole heap of stupid.
Cutler's comments are the latest on what's been a rough start to the promotion. Microsoft has even begun coaching NFL announcers about the Surface so that these mistakes don't keep recurring. Nevertheless, it's obviously an uphill battle.