New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks to head linesman Jerod Phillips (6) next New Orleans Saints quarterback Luke McCown (7) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) in an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick made headlines on Tuesday by taking on the NFL's sideline tablets, vowing to stop using them due to intermittent problems with the devices.

Saints head coach Sean Payton's only quibble with the Microsoft Surface tablets is minor.

"Inside, they’ve functioned," Payton said. "Outside, it’s more challenging, just because of the glare."

The tablets represent an advance in the use of film and pictures on the sideline. Ideally, the tablets would allow coaches and players to eventually look at film of the previous drive as soon as a player gets to the sideline, something quarterback Drew Brees has advocated for getting in the past. 

For Payton, the glare is a minor issue.

"You guys all look at your phones once in a while, any type of sunny day, you’re looking down. ... The consistency comes with the prints, the pictures," Payton said. "I don’t see it being a big story."

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