Football is made for TV. But we're only seeing a fraction of the information available. Oh, it's gotten better since I watched my first football game, back in the 60's. But not much. Sure, there are more replays and higher definition viewing. Yes, now someone can use a mobile device to see real time stat up dates. And, yes, you can subscribe to rebroadcasts of NFL games to see coaches tape. But I don't think that's nearly enough and I'm wondering how many of my fellow Blogging the Boys fans agree?
Maybe we can send a message to the guys making millions of dollars broadcasting games. Surely, one of them reads the best web site on football, right?
You see, in the average NFL game, each team has 60 to 70 offensive snaps per game. Let's call it 130 snaps total. Across a 60 minute game, that's about 27 to 28 seconds of clock time on average per snap. Of course, the actual action of a typical play only takes 5 to 8 seconds. So there is about 20+ seconds of dead time, time when guys are getting up, walking to the huddle, and all of that.
On many plays, there is even more time, plays where a player runs out of bounds or where a pass is incomplete, for example. Unless it's a spectacular, controversial, or game-changing play, however, we're lucky to see more than one replay and there isn't always a replay. And why not? We could see two or three or even four replays on every snap.
So here's my wish list.
First and foremost, I want to see the top down view right after the play. There is no angle which can reveal so much. With this view, you can see routes, defensive coverage schemes, stunts, etc. With mobile overhead cameras, this would be easy to do. This should be standard on each and every play.
I know there is a little bit of this, but in this day and age, there is not nearly enough. Receiver and QB stats should be updated after every play. And instead of just plain vanilla stats, can we see things like targets and catch-able passes for the receive, QB rating, etc. There are so many stats and so much time, it's crazy that TVs don't display more information in this area.
On running plays, seeing what the running back sees or what the QB sees, at near ground level, would bring another level of entertainment to the game. They now have cameras and mics in helmets. How about what the receiver sees for those 2 seconds the ball is in the air? Would that be great or what? And for goodness sake, I want to see what Murray sees when he's running to daylight. How cool would that be when he breaks into the secondary or gets swing pass in the flat?
End Zone View
Similar to the overhead view, the end-zone view can reveal a lot on running plays in terms of how much of window a running back had.
Of course, the NFL does some of this, but we could learn a lot more about secondary and line play if coaches broke down an aspect of play on each and every play.
With all his zillions of dollars and his new deal with AT&T, maybe Jerry Jones could be an innovator here and start doing this kind of thing on his stadium big screen.
How about you? What do you wish you could see when watching games?