Goodell hints at increased use of technology for 2015 postseason officiating

AP

NFL officials have been making mistakes during games ever since the league was founded. In 2015, many of the mistakes have become glaring because millions of fans can witness those mistakes in real time — through multiple angles, in slow motion, and in crisp, stunning high definition.

As a result, a disconnect has emerged between everyone who have seen a given play on TV and the seven folks wearing black and white stripes who haven’t. And the NFL needs to find a way to eliminate that disconnect.

To his credit, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell seems to be willing to do that.

“The technology is so extraordinary and we’re seeing things we never saw before,” Goodell told Bob Papa and Shannon Sharpe of SiriusXM NFL Radio. “We have to understand that and recognize that. You all as broadcasters or the fans in general get to see things, and we have to make sure our officials have access to that kind of technology in a way that’s not overly disruptive to our game, so that they can get the same type of input when they’re making decisions and avoid those critical errors.”

Perhaps more importantly, Goodell seems to be willing to do something sooner rather than later.

“We need to have that technology there and access to that to help them avoid those critical errors that can be decisive in a game,” Goodell said. “And we’re looking at that even in the context of this year’s postseason. We’re looking at that how we can do that on a more regular basis.”

That’s a tremendously significant comment from Goodell, especially since the NFL rarely makes changes within the confines of a given season. And while it’s unclear what the NFL would do to better incorporate technology into the officiating, the willingness of the NFL to consider doing anything shows that the league realizes that: (1) there is a disconnect between the fans and the officials; and (2) that disconnect can do significant, lasting damage to public confidence in the game of professional football.

PFT has asked the league for elaboration on how that may happen. The league has not yet responded. At some point, we’ll post a proposal for fixing the process before a major mistake potentially decides the outcome of a playoff game.

76 responses to “Goodell hints at increased use of technology for 2015 postseason officiating

  1. Just what we need more Blandino. Stop micro managing the refs and tell them to keep their flags in their pockets unless its a flagrant violation. Let the players play.

  2. A FOX football robot will be assigned to shadow each official to help “encourage” them to perform at their usual excellent levels, or higher, if that is theoretically possible.

  3. “…before a major mistake potentially decides the outcome of a playoff game.” Refs have been making major mistakes in playoffs for as long as I can remember. DET@DAL ring a bell?

  4. Keep officials on the field coaches get 5 challenges on anything in the game each time your wrong you loose an extra one so if I challenge my first time and I lost I only have 3 left and make all penaltys reviewable like how all touchdowns are reviewable. However don’t make PI that didn’t get called reviewable or any other time a penalty isn’t called that way the game doesn’t last an extra hour

  5. My suggestion to improving the officiating: Have football people write the rules and not lawyers and accountants. The rule book is starting to resemble the IRS code, and no one understands that either.

  6. I’m all in favor of more NFL tech if that include installing a chip in Goodell’s brain that sends a shock every time he makes a bonehead decision or statement. In the average press conference, he’d be lighting up every 5 seconds like a Christmas tree.

  7. Considering the NFL never heard of the Ideal Gas Law before this year, I tremble at what their thoughts are on “technology”.

  8. We need less technology, not more. How about training referees better and then just going with the call on the field. Worked well for 50 years. Do the endless reviews make the game better? Usually, the former referee in the press box disagrees with the replay official anyway, so what have we gained. Just delay after delay. And, most importantly, as a fan you can no longer cheer on a big play — you have to wait to make sure no there are no flags and then wait for the replay review. I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for fantasy football, I wouldn’t watch the NFL (and that’s coming from a 40-year fan).

  9. Huh? So you botch calls all the way up until the playoffs screwing teams out of the chance to make the tournament and then you implement replay for your “chosen teams”?

  10. wantsomecheesewiththatwhine says:Dec 11, 2015 1:56 PM

    any updates on the season-long football psi testing?

    —–

    seriously? They all know they are wrong. The NFL sure as heck isn’t going to actually perform real tests cause they already know it’s going to prove the lie they have fed the public. If there’s one thing Goodell is good at, it’s completely ignoring the truth in favour of whatever fantasy he concocts in his head.

    Just like all the trolls out there lol.

  11. Since it’s all about the integrity of the game either do it now , or wait until next year. So screwing up calls to make sure only certain teams make the playoffs is fair? So much for integrity?!

  12. Good point Dracko, the Giants were off sides on the Scott Norwood SB25 wide right miss. Watch it on youtube, youll see.

  13. @ margoadams:

    You got it exactly right. I mean you can protect player safety by not allowing helmet to helmet hits, ext, but please, let the players play for the ball. Unless it’s an obvious penalty, keep your flags in your pocket. Let the players decide who wins the game, not the officials. I have said for many years, the best thing the NFL can do is to get rid of the “Mel Blount Rule” Most of the game deciding bad calls come on both defensive and offensive PI, and defensive holding calls. Why are defensive players only allowed to play defense within the 1st 5 yards of scrimmage anyways?

  14. It would only solve half of the problem. The real issue is that certain penalties are not review able when they get them wrong. Pass interference being a huge one.

  15. I hope they don’t implement technology that reviews face mask penalties.

  16. The title of this article should be –

    “Goodell hints at more use of technology in the regular and massive ref failures.”

  17. Fans need someone to blame. Rarely do you hear people just admit they got beat by a better team on that day. It’s the refs. It’s the coach. It’s never the other 100 factors that were directly controlled by the team and they blew it.

  18. If Goodell is fired, the owners will hire another puppet dictator. The commish merely gives the appearance of power when the owners are the ones with the actual authority. He takes the brunt to deflect scrutiny from them. And it works, as illustrated by all the sheeple who think it’s his show.

  19. Goodell has the technological acumen of an alchemist. He can’t even understand the air pressure in a football.

  20. I think most of us agree they should:

    1. Let the players play

    2. Apply the calls they do make equitably to both teams

    It is not so much the calls, but how often they disrupt the flow of the game and hand victory to one of the two teams without merit.

  21. Want to make a change? Great! Just don’t do it during the 2015 season. Put it in place before the start of the 2016 season, I’d rather have a consistently bad season than one played under two standards.

  22. give each coach one challenge. If they are right, they get to taze the ref that made the call. If they are just whining about a call that was correct, the coach gets tazed.

  23. Seems to me the most well-officiated sport is baseball. It’s a game that moves at a comfortable pace, there are only a few quirky rules, and there are no “off-the-ball” transgressions, such as the three-second rule in basketball or some holding rules in football. MLB has added the replay component with a central hub.

    I guess my takeaway here is simplify the rule book. The game has become a mishmash of indecipherable rules. I don’t blame the NFL officials for being bad. How can they possibly be good?

  24. sirtacklesalot says:
    Why are defensive players only allowed to play defense within the 1st 5 yards of scrimmage anyways?
    ______________

    The short answer? Irsay, Polian and Manning

  25. The more technogy the better… Yet the major issue in officiating is lack of consistency, having uniform penalties being called on both teams in the same game as well as officiating groups game to game… Its a mess and I watch much less football than I used to befause of it…. Its no fun and kills the spirit in the game when officials are determining the outcome because of those errors and lack of consistency!!!!

  26. marvsleezy says:
    Good point Dracko, the Giants were off sides on the Scott Norwood SB25 wide right miss. Watch it on youtube, youll see.
    ___________________

    Never get tired of watching that. Seen it hundreds of times and just watched it again, 25 years later still not offside

  27. It would be good for the NFL, if the zebras are less involved in influencing the outcome of a game.

    Zebras suck, they always support the favorites.

  28. I hope they add an extra official who sits in a booth and can tell his boss on the field when a biig mistake is about to be made. That’s especially important in the 4th quarter.

  29. Here’s a thought: have the refs read the rulebook. Some of them don’t even know the basic crap and get it wrong.

  30. The phantom calls are what has most fans up in arms.
    Allow the teams to challenge those and we’re all good.

  31. Technology – as in video footage that millions of fans and broadcasters see in real time but refs miss? Indisputable evidence of wrong play calling but ruled “unreviewable play”?

    Or may technology as Belichick suggested…additional cameras in the end zone?

  32. Oh great. Just what we need. Even more TV timeouts to make a long enough 3 hour game go on double that.

  33. Then why bother with refs on the field at all anymore?
    I don’t think there will be a lot of objection if they go unemployed.

  34. They shouldn’t do this until refs as they are can be held accountable for making the wrong calls after the fact. Fine ’em, suspend ’em or fire them.
    It’s not right that players are held up to a high standard and the refs who are always making mistakes get away with it.
    Fix that problem first and then focus on others.

  35. The Pledge – Goodell shows you something ordinary: an air pressure gauge

    The Turn – Goodell takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. He presents you with the digital air pressure gauge.

    The Prestige – No one notices his cronies in the back burning tapes and documents of this years tire fires and scandals.

  36. In defense of the average official, I would love to see a gopro style cam, and have the network show that footage FIRST on any replay….

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a “video official” watching the telecast, who could correct mistakes using the same footage as commentators. How long is the gap between the action and broadcast?

  37. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that insurance ad with the bumbling refs not knowing what to do and then calling out “First down!” just to save face is real footage.

  38. does this mean they could review the obvious facemask call that they missed on the goal line last night? of course they proceeded to even it up on the next series. but 4 points gone and never coming back..

  39. It doesn’t take a HDTV or multiple camera angles to see that the refs did not penalize a team with 12 players on the field. Incompetency is rampant this year.

  40. It’s fairly easy to do actually. Have the replay official (either in NY or onsite) just be the extra guy in the refs’ huddle (via an earpiece/mike) when a flag is thrown. Don’t be afraid to pick up the flag if needed (before the penalty is announced). And if there’s a non-call that should have been called, buzz the ref and have him stop the clock to throw that flag.

    None of this formally needs rule changes — just internal refereeing protocol changes.

  41. Bad bad bad idea. Refs rely on it so much now that they have no clue what they are doing and dont care. If you have a replay machine to correct your mistakes and no one makes you pay for it……………………

  42. This goodelol is such a squid, it baffles me that he is the commissioner.

    For the playoffs? Where was it during the season you billionaire monkeys.

  43. What is needed is a Central Review Center where they have access to all feeds from all games. Make most calls reviewable with the exception of certain calls that are a refs judgement. If the coach challenges a call on the field the Command Center is mic’d up and will notify the public of the ruling and why within a very short (30 seconds) period of time. I think the ref going under the hood and looking at the call he made and having to be like wow that call was so bad I have to admit I made an error is ridiculous in so many ways.

  44. threeifbyair says:
    Dec 11, 2015 4:37 PM

    It’s fairly easy to do actually. Have the replay official (either in NY or onsite) just be the extra guy in the refs’ huddle (via an earpiece/mike) when a flag is thrown. Don’t be afraid to pick up the flag if needed (before the penalty is announced). And if there’s a non-call that should have been called, buzz the ref and have him stop the clock to throw that flag.

    None of this formally needs rule changes — just internal refereeing protocol changes.

    ————————————
    I like it!

    They do it for TDs…why not penalties.

  45. “The technology is so extraordinary and we’re seeing things we never saw before,” Goodell told Bob Papa and Shannon Sharpe of SiriusXM NFL Radio. “We have to understand that and recognize that. You all as broadcasters or the fans in general get to see things, and we have to make sure our officials have access to that kind of technology in a way that’s not overly disruptive to our game, so that they can get the same type of input when they’re making decisions and avoid those critical errors.”
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    Exactly what technology is Goodell talking about here? According to the talking heads that call the games, the officials have access to the same camera shots/angles that the viewers see. What else is there?

  46. jchipwood says:
    Dec 11, 2015 3:01 PM
    Can we get a decrease from the cheating in foxboro?

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    Damn…..from reading your posts you appear to be butt hurt. I suspect you are a Bills or Dolphins fan. In any case, this is just entertainment and your team is just not very good. get a life son.

  47. “any updates on the season-long football psi testing?”

    IF any PSI data is ever released, the NFL snakes will be sure that it proves what they’ve already determined.

  48. rportkid says:
    Dec 12, 2015 9:15 AM
    “any updates on the season-long football psi testing?”

    IF any PSI data is ever released, the NFL snakes will be sure that it proves what they’ve already determined.

    ———

    That’s the fun part, though. It can’t. Temperature is temperature, and it will affect all footballs the same way. Unless they want try to convince us that Green Bay, Buffalo, and Minnesota all keep their locker rooms at 40F in December, there really isn’t a hard to detect way for them to doctor this science.

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