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Dean Blandino: “Human element” should remain part of officiating

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As the NFL continues to use technology to improve officiating, there’s increasing talk that some day the league might put an official in a booth above the field, watching the game on TV, and communicating instantly with the referee on the field without needing to stop the game and look at an instant replay. NFL V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino says that’s possible, but the league will be cautious about it.

Blandino told PFT’s Mike Florio that the NFL might add a booth official beyond the replay assistant who currently helps the referee with replay reviews. But Blandino also believes that the game is meant to have the officials on the field with the players.

“It’s something we’ve discussed, a video official — the Canadian Football League is actually implementing that this year,” Blandino said. “And as the technology gets better, it becomes more feasible. So we just have to continue to monitor that. But we can’t lose that human element. The officials on the field for the most part have the best vantage point. The rules are written in a way to allow for full-speed officiating, and we just have to keep that in mind as we consider these other enhancements.”

NFL fans, however, seem to be growing increasingly wary of the human element in officiating, as the fans at home often have a better view of a play than the official on the field has. Eventually, the league may need to give an official the view the fans have.

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PFT Live: Emmitt Smith, Eli Manning, Tony Romo

30 JAN 1994:  RUNNING BACK EMMITT SMITH OF THE DALLAS COWBOYS FLASHES THE NUMBER ONE SIGN DURING THE COWBOYS 30-13 VICTORY OVER THE BUFFALO BILLS IN SUPER BOWL XXVIII AT THE GEORGIA DOME IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA.  SMITH RUSHED FOR TWO TOUCHDOWNS AND WAS SELECT Getty Images

Saturday will bring the announcement of a new class of Pro Football Hall of Famers and we’ll have both members of the hall and a candidate for election joining us on PFT Live as we wrap up the week on Radio Row.

Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin and Derrick Brooks will join Mike Florio to reminisce about the moment they found out that they would be receiving busts and yellow blazers. Tony Dungy is one of the finalists for election this year and will also be on the show to discuss that and his memories of winning Super Bowls as a player and coach.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning also has memories of winning the Super Bowl and we’ll find out what he thinks his brother needs to do to join him as a two-time champion. Hines Ward, another two-time champ, will  drop by the show as well.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will fill us in on the latest with his collarbone and Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa will discuss his plans to prepare for the draft while Jets center Nick Mangold and Ravens running back Justin Forsett round out a great guest list for the final day live from San Francisco.

All three hours of the show will stream at PFT, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports Live Extra app. The audio is available at NBCSportsRadio.com, the NBC Sports Radio app, Sirius 213, XM 202, and plenty of terrestrial stations across the country.

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PFT Live: Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Adam Vinatieri and much more

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Former San Francisco 49ers player Jerry Rice is seen during a ceremony honoring the 1981-82 team at halftime of the NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Cincinnati Bengals at Levi's Stadium on December 20, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

The home of the 49ers will be the location of Super Bowl 50 and two of the franchise’s greatest players will be guests on Wednesday’s edition of PFT Live from Radio Row in San Francisco.

Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott will join Mike Florio during another show packed with guests. Rice and Lott were both named to the NFL’s Super Bowl “Golden Team” of top performers in the game history and they’ll share some of their memories of playing for titles.

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri was also named to that team as the only unanimous choice and we’ll revisit his Super Bowl exploits when he stops by the set as well. Dolphins wide receiver Greg Jennings, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin are the other current NFL players slated to drop in as guests on Wednesday.

University of California quarterback Jared Goff will be on to discuss his plans leading up to the draft and Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe rounds out a great list of guests for the show.

All three hours of the show will stream at PFT, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports Live Extra app. The audio is available at NBCSportsRadio.com, the NBC Sports Radio app, Sirius 213, XM 202, and plenty of terrestrial stations across the country.

 

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PFT Live: Dan Marino, Marshall Faulk, Charles Tillman, Tim Brown

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 06: Former NFL player Dan Marino attends a game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) Getty Images

Super Bowl week is off and running and PFT Live will be right in the middle of Radio Row again on Tuesday with a jam-packed show.

Three members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be joining Mike Florio during the show. Dan Marino, Marshall Faulk and Tim Brown will all drop by the program to share their thoughts on the matchup between the Broncos and Panthers as we draw ever closer to kickoff.

Panthers cornerback Charles Tillman won’t be playing in the game due to a knee injury, but he’ll be on the show as well to give us some inside perspective on Carolina’s preparations for the game.

Giants running back Rashad Jennings, former Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel and Rodney Harrison of Football Night in America will also join us during a busy three hours.

All three hours of the show will stream at PFT, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports Live Extra app. The audio is available at NBCSportsRadio.com, the NBC Sports Radio app, Sirius 213, XM 202, and plenty of terrestrial stations across the country.

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PFT Live kicks off Super Bowl week in San Francisco

Fans pose for photos next to the Lombardi Trophy displayed at the NFL Experience exhibit in San Francisco, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. The Denver Broncos will play the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) AP

The Broncos, Panthers and most of the NFL world has landed in the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50 and we’ll kick off a week of coverage with a jam-packed Monday edition of PFT Live.

Hall of Famer Andre Reed will join Mike Florio to reminisce about his Super Bowl experiences and share his thoughts on this year’s game. Peter King of Football Night in America, Tom Curran of CSN New England, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald will also drop by the set on Radio Row in San Francisco during the show.

We’ll also be having a PFT roundtable during the show. Darin Gantt, Michael David Smith and I will join Florio on the set for a conversation about everything going on around the league right now.

All three hours of all five shows will stream at PFT, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports Live Extra app. The audio is available at NBCSportsRadio.com, the NBC Sports Radio app, Sirius 213, XM 202, and plenty of terrestrial stations across the country.

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PFT Live: Panthers talk with Darin Gantt, PFT Planet calls and tweets

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24:  Thomas Davis #58, Ryan Kalil #67 and Luke Kuechly #59 of the Carolina Panthers pose on the sidelines during the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Panthers held their first practice ahead of Super Bowl 50 on Wednesday, which means we’re inching closer to the big game bit by bit.

On Thursday’s PFT Live, Mike Florio will check in with Darin Gantt of PFT for the latest from Charlotte. They’ll discuss Cam Newton, the team’s injuries and more about the NFC champs during the show.

The first hour of this week’s shows will stream through ProFootballTalk.com and NBCSports.com. Next Monday, video of all three hours of five Super Bowl week shows will stream from Radio Row in San Francisco.

As always, we also want to hear what PFT Planet thinks. Email questions at any time or get in touch on Twitter at @ProFootballTalk to let us know what’s on your mind.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can listen to all three hours live via the various NBC Sports Radio affiliates, through the links at PFT, or with the NBC Sports Radio app.

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PFT Live: Dolphins talk with Armando Salguero, PFT Planet calls and tweets

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 03: Greg Jennings #85 congratulates DeVante Parker #11 of the Miami Dolphins for making a catch during the fourth quarter of the game against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) Getty Images

Dolphins executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum and General Manager Chris Grier met the media at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday and covered topics that included Ndamukong Suh’s contract, Dion Jordan’s future with the team and the makeup of Adam Gase’s coaching staff.

We’ll talk about some of the same things during Wednesday’s edition of PFT Live when Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald joins Mike Florio for a conversation about the Dolphins. They’ll go beyond those topics to set the stage for the rest of the offseason in Miami.

The first hour of this week’s shows will stream through ProFootballTalk.com and NBCSports.com. Next Monday, video of all three hours of five Super Bowl week shows will stream from Radio Row in San Francisco.

As always, we also want to hear what PFT Planet thinks. Email questions at any time or get in touch on Twitter at @ProFootballTalk to let us know what’s on your mind.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can listen to all three hours live via the various NBC Sports Radio affiliates, through the links at PFT, or with the NBC Sports Radio app.

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PFT Live: Chargers talk with Kevin Acee, PFT Planet calls and tweets

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 20: Adrian Phillips #31 of the San Diego Chargers signs fans memorabilia after a game against the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium on December 20, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Getty Images

There was a report Monday that talks between the Chargers and Rams about sharing the Inglewood stadium the Rams are building in Los Angeles hit an impasse, although Rams COO Kevin Demoff denied that’s the case in an email to PFT on Tuesday.

On Tuesday’s edition of PFT Live, we’ll take another look at what’s going on in San Diego. Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego will join Mike Florio to discuss where things stand with the Chargers. They’ll also discuss the ongoing chatter about the Raiders stepping into the city should the Chargers and Rams strike an agreement that lands both teams in Los Angeles.

The first hour of this week’s shows will stream through ProFootballTalk.com and NBCSports.com. Next Monday, video of all three hours of five Super Bowl week shows will stream from Radio Row in San Francisco.

As always, we also want to hear what PFT Planet thinks. Email questions at any time or get in touch on Twitter at @ProFootballTalk to let us know what’s on your mind.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can listen to all three hours live via the various NBC Sports Radio affiliates, through the links at PFT, or with the NBC Sports Radio app.

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PFT Live: Panthers talk with Darin Gantt, Broncos talk with Vic Lombardi

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates during the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

The stage is finally set for Super Bowl 50.

The Panthers and Broncos will be squaring off at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on February 7 and Monday’s PFT Live offers us a chance to look forward to that game and look back to how the teams got there on Sunday.

Mike Florio will get some help on the Panthers side of things from Darin Gantt of PFT, while Vic Lombardi of Altitude Sports will join for the Broncos side of things. Patriots radio broadcaster Scott Zolak will also be on hand to share some thoughts on the end of New England’s season.

The first hour of this week’s shows will stream through ProFootballTalk.com and NBCSports.com. Next Monday, video of all three hours of five Super Bowl week shows will stream from Radio Row in San Francisco.

As always, we also want to hear what PFT Planet thinks. Email questions at any time or get in touch on Twitter at @ProFootballTalk to let us know what’s on your mind.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can listen to all three hours live via the various NBC Sports Radio affiliates, through the links at PFT, or with the NBC Sports Radio app.

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PFT Live: Conference championship preview, Adam Gase, PFT Planet calls and tweets

during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Getty Images

We’re a bit more than 48 hours away from finding out who will be playing in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium and Friday’s PFT Live will be devoted to the two games on Sunday that will decide which two teams will play on.

Mike Florio will break down everything you need to know about the matchup in Denver between the Patriots and Broncos and the late game between the Cardinals and Panthers in Charlotte. We’ll talk about key players on both sides, any injuries that need to be monitored and much more during the show.

New Dolphins coach Adam Gase will also join the show to discuss his plans for getting the team to a point where they’ll be playing on a conference championship weekend.

As always, we also want to hear what PFT Planet thinks. Email questions at any time or get in touch on Twitter at @ProFootballTalk to let us know what’s on your mind.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can listen to all three hours live via the various NBC Sports Radio affiliates, through the links at PFT, or with the NBC Sports Radio app.

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PFT Live: 49ers talk with Matt Barrows, Panthers talk with Darin Gantt

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 20:  (L-R) San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York, Chip Kelly and San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke pose for a picture after a press conference where Kelly was announced as the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on January 20, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

The 49ers officially introduced Chip Kelly as their new head coach with a Wednesday press conference and we’ll be breaking it down on Thursday’s edition of PFT Live.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee will join Mike Florio to go over what Kelly and General Manager Trent Baalke had to say during their time behind the microphone. In addition to the relationship between the two men, they’ll discuss the team’s quarterbacks and which areas on the roster will be priorities for the team this offseason.

Darin Gantt of PFT will be on the show as well for a look ahead at Sunday’s NFC championship game. He and Florio will chat about what the Panthers need to do to advance to the Super Bowl and what areas the Cardinals may be able to exploit.

As always, we also want to hear what PFT Planet thinks. Email questions at any time or get in touch on Twitter at @ProFootballTalk to let us know what’s on your mind.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can listen to all three hours live via the various NBC Sports Radio affiliates, through the links at PFT, or with the NBC Sports Radio app.

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PFT Live: Dirk Koetter, PFT Planet calls and tweets

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter gestures during a news conference at the team's training facility Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. Koetter replaces Lovie Smith, who was fired after the season ended. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) AP

The Buccaneers are one of the seven teams in the league that have hired a new head coach since the end of the regular season and their choice will join us on Wednesday’s PFT Live.

Dirk Koetter spent one year as the offensive coordinator with the Bucs before getting bumped up after Lovie Smith was dismissed. A big reason why Koetter got the job was his work with quarterback Jameis Winston during his rookie year and Winston’s progress will be one of the topics of conversation during his visit with Mike Florio. They’ll hit on many other points, including the hiring of Mike Smith as the defensive coordinator, as well.

As always, we also want to hear what PFT Planet thinks. Email questions at any time or get in touch on Twitter at @ProFootballTalk to let us know what’s on your mind.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can listen to all three hours live via the various NBC Sports Radio affiliates, through the links at PFT, or with the NBC Sports Radio app.

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ProFootballTalk: David Johnson gives Cardinals an advantage vs. Panthers

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Rodney Harrison says RB David Johnson will be very important vs. the Panthers. Not so much his rushing ability, but his receiving skills out of the backfield. In particular, the Cards should line him up vs. Thomas Davis.

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ProFootballTalk: Eagles hire exact opposite of Chip Kelly in Doug Pederson

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Mike Florio explains that it’s not a bad thing that the Eagles hired a more likable coach than Chip Kelly in Doug Pederson, but he cautions Eagles’ fans that’s exactly what the 49ers did with Jim Tomsula.

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ProFootballTalk: Cardinals’ Bruce Arians is under the most pressure this week

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Mike Florio and Rodney Harrison agree that Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is under the most pressure this championship weekend against the Panthers stellar defense. Will Carson Palmer be more aggressive this week?

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