The NFL recently announced that the all-22 coaches’ film will be made available to fans through the league’s Game Rewind package on NFL.com this season.
The all-22 film is something hardcore football enthusiasts and blogger-types like me have been clamoring for for a long time. It gives us access to the same footage that coaches use to evaluate games and players on a week-by-week basis. Theoretically, it should improve football analysis by leaps and bounds.
But will it? The more I thought about it, the more I questioned whether I should be so enthusiastic.
My main worry is that too many people will think they’ve suddenly become football experts because of this new access to coaches’ film. There are plenty of idiots calling themselves football experts already. Might the all-22 film cause even more idiots to come out of the woodwork? Or might the current idiots become even more idiotic and insufferable because of this access?
The answer is probably ‘yes’ to both of those questions.
But in the end, who cares?
Coaches’ film or no coaches’ film, there will always be idiots. Once the all-22 is available, we need to handle the idiots the same we handle them now: Try to tune them out and focus on the analysts and experts that we respect and think do a good job.
The beauty of the barrage of modern-day NFL coverage is the ability to pick and choose who you read/watch/listen to. If you don’t like analyst A, then you can try blogger B. If you can’t stand listening to TV talking head C, then maybe podcast D is more up your alley.
Yes, the all-22 film might mean more idiots, but smart NFL fans will have no problem finding smart coverage.
Packers Links and Other Stuff
- Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote about Jim Bob Morris, a Packers DB who was a replacement player when regular NFL players went on strike in 1987. It’s a great read and I highly recommend it. I also wrote about Jim Bob, and several other Packers replacement players, in last year’s Maple Street Press Packers Annual. You can view that story here. I talked to Jim Bob for over an hour for the story and the guy had some amazing stories. Well, they all had some amazing stories, but Jim Bob probably had the most colorful. It’s good to see he’s still doing well.