Kliff Kingsbury: Cardinals allowing cellphone breaks’ during meetings

Scooby Axson, writing for Sports Illustrated

You start to see kind of hands twitching and legs shaking, and you know they need to get that social media fix, so we’ll let them hop over there and then get back in the meeting and refocus,” Kingsbury said, via ESPN.com.

Kingsbury said he used the tactic during his time at Texas Tech, where he spent six seasons before being fired and getting the Arizona job.

As someone who is currently reading the book Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, which talks a lot about only adding and using technology in your life if it adds benefit to to your life, I don’t get this. I’ve recently seen alerts from Headspace and suggestions from others to leave my phone in another room as a way to decrease dependency on it. From an athlete’s perspective, LeBron James famously stays off of social media during the playoffs.

Yet, here we have a coach who believes by letting players give in to the distraction for short periods of time, then that urge will subside. Seriously? I’ve never seen anyone suggest the way to handle an addiction is to give in to the urges of that addiction.

This is baffling.