Friday article, Take 2

Hello, readers.  For the first time ever, I've taken down an article that I wrote.  I got a rude email from a reader complaining about the one I wrote earlier, and my first instinct was to want to put a clown suit on the guy, but after thinking about it, I decided that the article was a little more self-referencing than I had meant it to be.  Just because the guy was rude doesn't mean I didn't maybe go a few inches too far.  I'm still going to write about what I want to write about, but I'll remember this experience, all the same.

So, here goes second take.  For my longtime readers who didn't read the article from earlier, and who know me as a guy who lives in Cleveland, I've accepted a new job in the Tallahassee, Florida area, and I'll be moving in a couple weeks.  It's a much better opportunity than the one I am leaving, and I'm glad to move on to a more motivating professional environment, in a place with better weather.  Now, when I reference living in Florida, you won't be confused, and I feel like it's important to let those who know me know what's going on with me.

Big football news came out on Frday, and I decided to write about it until my girlfriend and I go out to dinner.  The NFL announced that they'll be offering enhanced online game video, including all-22 coaches film, with a couple of different angles.  The price is $59.99 per year, and it's available here.  I'll definitely be buying it, and if you want to see the game in its most detailed form, I recommend you do the same.

For a site like ours, which is able to leverage a lot of knowledge of technical football, this is a massive benefit.  Our analysis is going to be better, because we're going to be able to see the whole game.  The TV broadcast follows the ball, so on traditional coverage, it's often difficult to tell what happened on the backside of plays.  Bloggers who know what we're talking about are going to gain huge benefit from this.

Remember when we were thinking that Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas may not be separating from coverage as well as we'd like, but we couldn't always verify that?  Now we're going to be able to see it, and we'll be able to share the information with you.  Players and coaches have long opposed the release of this video, because it makes it easier to tell who screwed up, but the NFL rightly saw it as a new revenue stream for hardcore watchers of the games.

If you recall, Doug asked everybody to respond favorably to an NFL survey about this in October, and we thank everybody who did.  Not only is this going to help us do our analysis, it's going to help our friends at Pro Football Focus, and other charting sites.  We don't take their ratings as gospel, by any means, but it will be easier to put stock in them with the availability of better game film.  (I've primarily used them for participation data, which is hugely valuable, in and of itself.)

Did a receiver get separation?  Did the QB throw it to the right guy?  When a defensive lineman got knocked down as a run got by him, did he hustle downfield to get back into the play?  Is the weakside LB staying blocked, or is he getting off of it?  Which zone drop wasn't quite good enough?  Which marginal guys are actually showing the best in the preseason?

We're going to be able to give you the answers to all of these questions, better than anybody has ever been able to before.  I'm going to take a different tack, and not go all chest-out about where IAOFM stands in the technical football realm, since I think you know, but I'll just say that we stand ready to go to a whole new level with the availability of all-22 coaches film, and I hope you're as excited about it as we are.

1.  I’m not in the arguing business, I’m in the saying what I think business.
2.  I get my information from my eyes.

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