Some coaches are concerned about security issues with tablet video

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera recently expressed some concerns regarding the NFL’s seemingly inevitable embrace of the full capabilities of the Microsoft Surface tablet, making in-game video available to be scrutinized and dissected.

There’s a separate concern that is making its way through the NFL coaching community. As one league source told PFT on Saturday, with a request of anonymity due to the overall sensitivity of the issue, some coaches also are concerned about the actual harvesting of the video that is used on the tablets — and the video that possibly isn’t used on the tablets.

The NFL would need to have clear and strict procedures and protocols for how in-game film will be shot, who will be shooting it, what else they will (or won’t) be shooting, and where it all will go. The NFL also would need to have a way to ensure that whoever is operating the camera(s) would adhere to these rules.

Rewind to 2007 and the Spygate affair. The Patriots were caught videotaping opposing defensive coaching signals because an employee was using a camera at a time and place when he shouldn’t have been. If the NFL is going to permit teams to pump in-game video to the tablets, how the video is created, who is creating it, and how that process of creating video will be monitored becomes critical to avoiding a violation of whatever limits the league will apply to this effort to embrace technology and, as a practical matter, to make a $400 million partner as happy as it can possibly be.

41 responses to “Some coaches are concerned about security issues with tablet video

  1. And the NFL should be responsible for enforcing and following the rules they set in place, actually take the time and invest the money to you know…”protect the integrity of the game” the league office stresses over and over about.

  2. Rewind to 2007. The Patriots are docked a first round draft pick not for the act of video taping, but for the placement of the camera.

    Fast forward to 2016. Dorito dinks nationwide still believe no other team in the history of the NFL has ever had a camera on in the stadium.

  3. Love the patriots in the photo! They are probably reading their opponents play book!!

  4. When will some Patriot fans just admit they have been caught on numerous occasions and that’s why the league comes down hard on them. They always have an excuse of course. I get it it’s like a parent who can’t see bad in their child when somebody accuses little Tommy of doing naughty things.

  5. How to keep it secure? Just ask Bill B. I’m sure he has it covered already. He is always 2 steps ahead of everyone else!

  6. Patskrieg says:
    Jun 5, 2016 2:21 PM
    Rewind to 2007. The Patriots are docked a first round draft pick not for the act of video taping, but for the placement of the camera.

    Fast forward to 2016. Dorito dinks nationwide still believe no other team in the history of the NFL has ever had a camera on in the stadium.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………….
    At least they were guilty of something, even if it was filming from the wrong place on the sidelines in full view of a stadium full of fans, the opposing team and any NFL officials in attendence. One can argue if the punishment was excessive or not excessive enough but the Patriots accepted the penalties with no opposition. One should note that what the Patriots were doing was perfectly legal before Goodell became commissioner.

    The Jets were caught filming from both end zones of Gilette Stadium which was illegal according to the same memo that the Patriots were punished for, yet the Jets go unpunished. The NFL never requested that the Jets hand over their tapes. It’s clear that Goodell was showing clear bias for his beloved Jets and his former employer and against the Patriots even at that early stage of his being Commissioner.

    There is a clear difference between Spygate and the disappereance of a few pounds of PSI. There is no indisputable evidence that the Patriots and Brady ever tampered with the footballs. In fact the scientific community is overwhelming on the side of the Patriots and Brady. Both Brady and the Patriots have voiced that the punishment was unfair and unjust. Yet again Goodell is showing a clear bias against the Patriots.

  7. I am certain that the system will have very robust security.
    However, as has always been the case, if a security flaw can be found it will be the Patriots who exploit it. When caught cheating (yet again) the organization and fan base will wail from the hillside that they’re being persecuted.
    We’ve all seen this before, and it is why all 31 other teams take extra precautions when playing them.

  8. @fishyinalittledishy

    I am sure but it may have to do with being held to a different standard due to success. I mean the Jets were caught taping New England’s signals in 2006 (the first year it was against the rules) but no one cares about that. Nor do people care that Aaron Rodgers has his ball boys inflate his footballs over the legal limit of PSI (which is also against the rules). Also your analogy is way off. It’s more like a parent who believes their kid isn’t a bad kid because the principal who keeps punishing them is a moron and pressured by all the school’s other parents because they dont like how smart and successful the kid is being perceived compared to their kids.

  9. Might as well make “Patriot Rules” before the season even starts. Make sure you cover all the bases because you know they will be trying to exploit every loophole for an edge.

  10. According to Commissioner Tagliabue in late 2006 when the Jets were caught sideline-videotaping the Pats after the vague rules were tightened up, such activity was still legal. Months later, Goodell reinterpreted the exact same rule to find the Pats (for one quarter of week 1), guilty of the crime of the century. Goodell’s first frame-job.

  11. Will they have to watch a 15 second commercial every time they review their play on their tablet?

  12. When will some Patriot haters just admit that videotaping opposing coaches is not illegal in the NFL per se, but there are designated areas allowed by the league to do such taping?

    How long will it take Patriot haters to finally realize that a single incident from a single game played almost 10 years ago, where the camera needed to be moved to a different location within the stadium, does not represent a “pattern of cheating”?

    Maybe if Patriot haters had already realized this then maybe it would not have been as easy for the NFL convince so many of them to ignore the fact that science indicates that The Patriots never tampered with any footballs.

  13. fishyinalittledishy says:
    Jun 5, 2016 2:42 PM

    When will some Patriot fans just admit they have been caught on numerous occasions and that’s why the league comes down hard on them. They always have an excuse of course. I get it it’s like a parent who can’t see bad in their child when somebody accuses little Tommy of doing naughty things.

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    When will some Patriot haters just admit that videotaping opposing coaches is not illegal in the NFL per se, but there are designated areas allowed by the league to do such taping?

    How long will it take Patriot haters to finally realize that a single incident from a single game played almost 10 years ago, where the camera needed to be moved to a different location within the stadium, does not represent a “pattern of cheating”?

    Maybe if Patriot haters had already realized this then maybe it would not have been as easy for the NFL convince so many of them to ignore the fact that science indicates that The Patriots never tampered with any footballs.

  14. Considering how easy it is to “sniff” credit card numbers from store’s wifi networks by simply sitting in a Mall’s parking lot and scanning for vulnerabilities…You gotta think its probably just as easy to sniff out these tablets with their wifi singles, if someone wanted it bad enough. People underestimate the amount of ruthless hackers out here today..its more than ever before. I work in a Security network environment for a large company, I know its easy for those savvy to network security algorithms.

  15. The one thing we can all be sure of is this will be implemented in the typical NFL half-assed way. Don’t forget that a bunch of corrupt buffoons run the league.

  16. mammothfan says:
    Jun 5, 2016 2:42 PM
    Love the patriots in the photo! They are probably reading their opponents play book!!

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    Actually that photo would imply the Patriots are going to be victims not perpetrators if this ever happens.

    Why would a coaching staff that can routinely figure out another teams playbook (even if they change it mid game) ever be bothered with reading it. That would be a lot of needless extra effort.

  17. factpurveyor says:
    Jun 5, 2016 3:23 PM
    When will some Patriot haters just admit that videotaping opposing coaches is not illegal in the NFL per se, but there are designated areas allowed by the league to do such taping?

    How long will it take Patriot haters to finally realize that a single incident from a single game played almost 10 years ago, where the camera needed to be moved to a different location within the stadium, does not represent a “pattern of cheating”?

    Maybe if Patriot haters had already realized this then maybe it would not have been as easy for the NFL convince so many of them to ignore the fact that science indicates that The Patriots never tampered with any footballs.

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    Maybe if the opposing teams had tried improving themselves rather than making accusatory excuses they would not still be getting beaten like they do.

  18. fishyinalittledishy says:
    Jun 5, 2016 2:42 PM
    When will some Patriot fans just admit they have been caught on numerous occasions and that’s why the league comes down hard on them. They always have an excuse of course. I get it it’s like a parent who can’t see bad in their child when somebody accuses little Tommy of doing naughty things.
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    Pats fans accept and have owned the truth of spygate, we can live with some game taping location violations that were ridiculously over punished considering the results were never used in the same game. Just as Niners fans live with Walsh’s admitted headset tampering, stickum, lubed jerseys and Steve Young paying ball boys to keep balls warm without too much trouble. Steelers fans don’t deny that their dynasty years arrived on a river of ‘roids, or apologize for it.

    Not that anyone would call it a dynasty but when will fishfans admit the only reason they want Brady hung out to dry is because NE owns the division? When will they accept the *’s that go with their only 2 SB wins and undefeated season courtesy of the coach they tampered to get? The same tampering field flooding pill pushing fraud that had the stones to call someone else a cheater. Come to think of it no wonder fishfans are so comfortable with hypocrisy. Walsh and Parcells made a game out of stiffing each other with headsets and tunnel doors. They didn’t cry about cheaters, they thought of it as gamesmanship.

  19. What could possibly go wrong? I mean, it’s Microsoft!

    …Uh-oh.

  20. And when the team that has never won anything without cheating gets caught cheating once again, their fans and coaches will come out ad say everybody else is doing it. Just like they always do.

    ZERO titles without cheating

    Super Bowl Camps**
    GOAT QB***

    ** As long as the punishment for cheating comes after and doesn’t include stripping the title as it should.

    **** As long as the rues dont apply to him

  21. Given the NFL’s inability to ‘technically’ manage headsets during the game, it’s laughable to think that they would be capable of managing tablets.

    What an embarrassment last year for ‘Bose’ that sponsors the sideline headsets. They took a serious brand hit with al the complaints about the communication issues. Trust there was some serious ‘payback’ by the NFL to Bose last year after all the headset complaints, starting with Mike Tomlin’s whine after the Pats kicked their butt. No issue with the quality of the Bose product, it was the technical communication feed into the headset that’s controlled and managed by the league.

  22. Yeah, yeah, I get the humor associated with using a Patriots team picture and the title of Florio’s blog. And I get all the attempts at humor by the constantly overwhelmed fans whose teams fail to put the training in that’s required to legitimately compete against the Patriots.

    But let’s do a reality check here. Without trying to make a political statement, Hillary Clinton was able to install and maintain a server at home to handle all of her email traffic while serving as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 without ever having asked for or received permission to do so from the Department of State and without anyone ever questioning where all her files were located.
    And Edward Snowden was able to obtain for his personal use, classified documents from one of the most secure intelligence agencies in the world, bar none.
    And those are just two of untold thousands (understatement) of electronic data security breaches that occur routinely.
    And of course we were also made aware, by an illegal electronic data disclosure by an NFL employee, that Brady was displeased with the color of his swimming pool cover.

    So you have to be naive if you think there won’t be both unintentional and intentional security breaches pertaining to the use and misuse of NFL game video.

    I think it was Coach Ditka who made the comment that at the end of the day, it’s how well prepared you are and how well you execute on the field that determines whether you win or lose. And as Coach Belichick says repeatedly, Do your job.

  23. snaponrules says:

    And when the team that has never won anything without cheating gets caught cheating once again….

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Not even caught once, let alone “once again”. Stealing signals is just part of all sports, it’s not cheating. Deflategate is a sham. Every other allegation is in your imagination.

    So, all of their titles are completely clean. And they aren’t done yet!

  24. Give the other 31 teams two years to use video before allowing the Patriots to join them in the name of “integrity”. By week 2 of the third season the Patriots will have caught up to the league anyway.

  25. The intelligent fans of the other 31 teams have subsequently figured out that they were lied to after they were told that Tom Brady and The Patriots cheated. These intelligent fans were able to understand the evidence and see through the lies. The most intelligent of these individuals immediately identified the lies. They did not have to later change their minds to understand that the footballs were not tampered with.

    Facts and science don’t appear to matter to the least intelligent people that initially believed the lies. Those that made sure that the masses heard or read the lies as countless headlines understood that it’s easier to convince people to accept a lie than it is to later get someone to later accept that they were lied to. Unfortunately far too many people lack the logical reasoning skills necessary to see through an orchestrated mass media effort designed to use repetitious headlines to convince them of what they should believe.

    Nonsense about a replaced telephone or a single off season text were especially effective in working as red herrings to invoke a confirmation bias in those weak minded individuals that were already predisposed to want The Patriots to fail. The fans of the other 31 teams that haven’t already figured out that Tom Brady and the Patriots were smeared with lies and cheated by the rest of the NFL, will likely never figure it out.

  26. A FEW EXAMPLES OF THINGS THAT PEOPLE THAT STILL BELIEVE THE PATRIOTS DELATED FOOTBALLS WOULD DENY:
    1. If you inflate a basketball indoors in the winter and take it outside, you will later have to add a small amount of air or it won’t bounce as high as when you first took it outside.
    2. If you leave a basketball in a garage that is not heated, you will have to add air to the basketball if you decide to use it once winter comes.
    3. If you live in a place that has 4 seasons, you will likely have to add air to your tires when your cars tire pressure sensor indicates low pressure once the weather changes from warm to cold.
    4. If you put a sealed bag of food in the microwave the bag will inflate as air inside of the bag warms up. The bag will deflate some once you turn off the microwave. (Science deniers believe that microwaves are magic because they cook without fire).
    5. A pressure cooker is a pot with a special lid that seals shut to stop steam from escaping. Liquid boils inside and the steam has nowhere to go while more steam is being generated by the boil – this raises the internal pressure. The rise in pressure directly correlates to a raise in temperature. After using a pressure cooker, it’s recommended that cold water be run over the lid to reduce the pressure inside prior to opening. The drop in pressure directly correlates to a drop in temperature. (Pressure cookers have been in use since about 1679).
    6. If a small amount of water is added to an empty soda can and the soda can is heated on a burner on a stove the heated can will then contain air and water vapor. The heated can will crush almost immediately if it is subsequently placed into a bowl of ice water. (That’s some serious deflation).

  27. This is a Microsoft product right? Don’t worry, I’m sure the devices freeze up frequently and players and coaches alike have to reset them mid game often.

  28. You just watch…

    Some team is going to contact that hacker group ANONYMOUS and subcontract them to hack into their opponent’s computer systems on a weekly basis and provide them their game plans.

    Even money it’s the Patriots first before the rest of the league catches on to them. Belicheck will say it’s not explicitly in the rules so he didn’t know it was wrong.

  29. All the sobbing Nancies in here make me laugh. Screw you guys, we don’t care how you feel about the Patriots and our 4 championships. Your sorry team will get run over again this year.

  30. I’m confused. What is all this “*” talk about The Patriots? I have visited Patriot Place and seen the four Super Bowl Trophy’s. They are absolutely stunning and I can’t seem to find a single “*” on any of them. What are you talking about?

  31. This article is about a possible future problem yet already there are several indictments on the Patriots for doing it. I mean, with proof like that what can posdibly go wrong?

  32. rageviral says:
    Jun 5, 2016 4:03 PM
    Who cares. Both teams will get exactly the same film.

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    IKR? These guys are so eager to accuse the Patriots of something this point is going right over their heads.

  33. ramrene says:
    Jun 5, 2016 8:47 PM
    You just watch…

    Some team is going to contact that hacker group ANONYMOUS and subcontract them to hack into their opponent’s computer systems on a weekly basis and provide them their game plans.

    Even money it’s the Patriots first before the rest of the league catches on to them. Belicheck will say it’s not explicitly in the rules so he didn’t know it was wrong.

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    I’ll take your bet. Call me.

  34. brianyourwordsarehurtful says:
    Jun 5, 2016 6:04 PM
    What could possibly go wrong? I mean, it’s Microsoft!

    …Uh-oh.

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    As problems arise Mircosoft’s reputation will take a beating like Bose did. Everybody will pile on them and rip them six ways to Sunday….

    …until the machine of a Patriots opponent has so much as a screen flicker.

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