Blandino explains use of chips in 2016

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The NFL will begin to more fully embrace technology this year, placing computer chips in footballs. On Tuesday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, NFL V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino explained how the chips will, and won’t, be used.

“This is something that the Competition Committee went through, and we’re going to use chips during the preseason in all of the footballs and then the Committee will review the data and then make a recommendation for using the footballs on Thursday nights [during the regular season] with chips in them,” Blandino said. “So that’s not set yet but based on the information we receive in the preseason they will make a recommendation one way or the other, and this is a part of our ‘Next Gen Stats’ platform. We’ll look at some things, if we can glean some information based on the distance of the football from the upright and as we study the distance between the uprights and potentially shortening that distance going forward.”

Apart from studying kick clearance with an eye toward possibly narrowing the goalposts, Blandino said the chips will have other uses.

“I think right now the focus is on statistics and miles per hour and location of the football,” Blandino said. “Obviously, if we know the location of the football then you start thinking about, well, the location in relation to the goal line.”

Could chip technology be used to determine whether, for example, a touchdown has been scored?

“That gets a little more complicated because you have a runner who part of his body is down and you have to know when the body part was down, the knee, the elbow, whatever it is,” Blandino said. “So I think that’s down the line but it’s an interesting concept and something that we’ll continue to explore.”

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45 responses to “Blandino explains use of chips in 2016

  1. “The location of the ball relative to the goal line…”

    PSSSST…. HEY DEAN… YOU HAVE YARD MARKERS PAINTED ONTO THE GRASS FOR THAT

    Hearing this crooked troglodyte mess try to explain microchip functionality is worse than dental surgery. The league is doomed with him and Goodell at the helm.

  2. Hey Deano, where are you guys at with the goal line cameras? You know, stuff that actually matters.

    They will eventually have some biometric suit so that they can tell where every body part of every player is at all times.

  3. For years all the fan discussion on chips has revolved around, whether a kick was good, breaking the plane of the goal line and in/out of bounds but when the league gets around to it the idea is to use the technology to fix something that isn’t broken. smh

    Please spare the PSI talk, no one really gives a damn about in game PSI.

  4. Monitor the location of the football? – good, perhaps league officials will stop stealing them for sale on ebay and blaming it on the Pats like they did at the 2015 AFCCG. And perhaps it’ll stop the Colts breaking the rules by retaining a Pats ball and illegally needling it up to 3 times instead of taking their concerns straight to an official. And why were the Colts breaking the rules by having a needle on the sidelines anyway?? Hmm.

  5. There are only two constants in the universe: Einstein’s cosmological constant and complaints on PFT on Deflategate.
    The Dolphins moved on when Bert Jones dropped the ball in the Colts-Patriots game and wrongly kept possession, taking Miami out of the playoffs. (Yes, I am that old. The Pats were incensed and rightly so: still, they got over it, too.). Sometimes you gotta shrug and say “playing well is the best revenge.”

  6. Science will forever show that the Goodell NFL cheated the Patriots when they stole 2 draft picks and forced Tom Brady to miss 25% of the 2016 season.

    The following video evidence is online for all to see:

    “NY PROFESSOR ROBERT BLECKER – DEFLATEGATE | “TISSUE OF LIES”
    “MIT PROFESSOR DEBUNKS DEFLATEGATE”
    “TAKING THE MEASURE OF DEFLATEGATE”

    Anyone can find the above 3 videos by using the popular search site that begins with “Yah…” and searching for the titles online. The videos can all be found as links to the popular online video site with a name beginning with “You…”

  7. More video evidence that Goodell cheated the Patriots. You can watch them online.
    Just search for the titles using the popular search site that begins with “Yah…”

    VIDEO TITLES:

    ”HEADSMART LABS “DEFLATEGATE” STUDY”

    “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

    “DEFLATE GATE TESTED”

    “PREESSURE TESTING A FOOTBALL TO NFL STANDARDS #DEFLATEGATE”

    “DEFLATEGATE – ENGINEERING COMPANY DEMONSTRATES TEMPERATURE’S INFLUENCE ON PRESSURE OF NFL FOOTBALL”

    “DEFLATEGATE DEBUNKED : WHY THE WELLS REPORT IS WRONG AND DATA EXONERATES THE PATRIOTS”

  8. cowboy2016 says:
    Jul 19, 2016 6:51 PM

    And pretty soon they will replace the players with robots. No more CTE. Problem solved.
    ————————–

    Sweet!

    Does that mean we can get the kickoff return back?

  9. Maybe the NFL should take some time show some integrity by making the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 public.

    A team was already deprived of a 1st round draft pick and their starting QB is being made to miss 25% of the regular season. That affects the league since 4 opponents get to play against the backup and the rest have to play against Brady.

    The NFL needs to release that information prior to the start of the 2016 season or the integrity of the league is forever tainted.

  10. Maybe the NFL should take some time show some integrity by making the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season public.

    A team was already deprived of a 1st round draft pick and their starting QB is being made to miss 25% of the regular season. That affects the league since 4 opponents get to play against the backup and the rest have to play against Brady.

    The NFL needs to release that information prior to the start of the 2016 season or the integrity of the league is forever tainted.

  11. I sure as hell never thought I would ever be sitting around reading a story about a bunch of bozos putting computer chips in footballs so that they could determine how far away they were from the uprights on field goals and extra points.

    Pretty soon, they will just have a ring, that is the diameter of two footballs placed end to end, suspended in mid-air, and they will have to kick it through that.

  12. WOW, does the NFL go slow or what… 5 years to get MS Surface Tablets on the sideline… now they have proven ball chip tech anfd they deide for only Thursday night games

    ridiculous…. if the NFL didn’t want to control every message… ball chips would be in every ball, sideline and goal line cameras would be in every game, the MS Surface thing would be used for broadcast and real time playback for teams and fans, there would be a comprehensive study of CTE available etc.

    the game would be so much more safe, accurate, fair, and more satusfying to fans if they would just get off their rump on technology

    an interface where fans could choose which camera (cable cam, start cam, QB cam, end zone cam etc) has been out for SIX YEARS and it still isn’t avaialable to the everyday fan unless NBC sports ecides to stream a game….

    what I wouldn’t give for the calls to be more fair on sidelines and endzones and be able to see the cablecam view at will for every NFL game, but both of those are 5 years away minimum because of the NFLs fear of tech and CYA attitude … it’s incredibly frustrating… they’ve got the best brand in the USA and it’s like they are trying to damage it

  13. I have to believe there is a money making angle behind all of this.

    Pretty soon, we will be able to buy the supreme video game package that shows ball speed and trajectory, pulls up state from bygone eras, is y2k compliant and allows the game to be played under water

    or in China.

  14. I can’t believe no one else has remarked how much Bladino looks like Gloria in that picture up top. Have to be family.

    Anyway I can see it now. The same old haters are going to say Belichick devised a way to push the ball away from the uprights when the opposing team kicks a field goal or inside the uprights when the Patriots do. After all, once you put a computer chip into the football, you will be able to do that. Right haters?

  15. patsfan says:
    Jul 19, 2016 7:48 PM

    I have to believe there is a money making angle behind all of this.
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  16. So you can see on the camera to 1ms of accuracy when the knee touches the ground. And you can tell within 1ms of accuracy when the ball (crosses the goal line, crosses the first down line, whatever). But you can’t merge the data (using the same time/clock) to see which one happened first? It almost sounds like they don’t want this to be a viable solution…

  17. I once dealt with a used car salesman who looked exactly like that. “And howzabout an undercoating for your football there?”

  18. factpurveyor says:
    Jul 19, 2016 7:16 PM

    Science will forever show that the Goodell NFL cheated the Patriots when they stole 2 draft picks and forced Tom Brady to miss 25% of the 2016 season.

    The following video evidence is online for all to see:

    “NY PROFESSOR ROBERT BLECKER – DEFLATEGATE | “TISSUE OF LIES”
    “MIT PROFESSOR DEBUNKS DEFLATEGATE”
    “TAKING THE MEASURE OF DEFLATEGATE”

    Anyone can find the above 3 videos by using the popular search site that begins with “Yah…” and searching for the titles online. The videos can all be found as links to the popular online video site with a name beginning with “You…”
    ——————————————————————–
    Whatever.
    You can also find other highly factual videos on the same site with titles like…”Confirmed: Aliens are among us.” and “Prepare: Financial Collapse in August 2013.”

    I am sure those, along with the videos you mentioned are on a crackpot playlist.

  19. Translation: If the chip-estimated distance between New England’s goal lines is found to be off by 1/128th of an inch, they lose two 1sts, two 2nds, Belichick is banned for life and all their games are blacked out in favor of the N-Y-J.

  20. I remember when officials were like children.

    Best seen but not heard.
    Miss those days.

  21. cowboy2016 says:
    Jul 19, 2016 6:51 PM
    And pretty soon they will replace the players with robots. No more CTE. Problem solved

    ———

    They’ve already replaced the league office with robots, so it would be logical that the players are next

  22. Chip in the football? What a joke.

    How long till the NFL starts questioning the accuracy of quarterbacks? After all, it only has to be “probable” that the quarterback for the team from (insert your team here if they haven’t been sucking-up to the NFL offices properly) is using a guided ball. What else would explain the accuracy?! Or perhaps a team is JAMMING and causing visiting teams to have “an abnormally low completion rate vs. the rate in all other stadiums.”

    The precedence is there now, and ANYTHING that the NFL deems “probable” can be punished with the highest of penalties.

  23. asparatame says:
    Jul 19, 2016 9:18 PM

    Whatever.
    You can also find other highly factual videos on the same site with titles like…”Confirmed: Aliens are among us.” and “Prepare: Financial Collapse in August 2013.”

    I am sure those, along with the videos you mentioned are on a crackpot playlist.

    —————————————————————–

    Absurd logic you are using – so because someone once made a video claiming alien abductions are real then everyone should automatically dismiss every documentary ever made as being equally false. Here is what you FAILED to dismiss by equating it to “Aliens are among us”

    “NY PROFESSOR ROBERT BLECKER – DEFLATEGATE | “TISSUE OF LIES”
    Broadcast on 60 Minutes
    Published on Sep 15, 2015
    NY Law School Professor Robert Blecker Professor Blecker, a former Special Prosecutor and expert on Crime & Punishment, had recently given a lecture at the International Assoc. for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS) Conference entitled “DeflateGate: Cheating with the Rules.”

    “TAKING THE MEASURE OF DEFLATEGATE”
    John Leonard, PHD and Eagles fan that is a MIT Professor at MIT presents a live class lecture to upper class physics students that are all smarter than a biased poster.

    I shared the information for intelligent people who can tell fact from fiction when they watch something with their own eyes. So either you didn’t watch any of the videos, which is probably the case, or you can’t tell fact from fiction.

  24. Seeing “NFL” and “Technology” in the same sentence is a joke. This league is run by corrupt buffoons who are ruining the game I used to love.

  25. What does it cost a player now – $5K per ball for each they give to a fan or throw in the stands? There has to be a money making angle in this. Chip probably will make it $10K. Does the kid that gets the ball have a permanent indicator to the NFL on the ball location in relation to his backyard fence?

  26. Apparently Blandino doesn’t understand what timecode is and how it works to synchronize the TV cameras. You can use it to synchronize the chips in the footballs, too. That way, the officials can rule that a player’s arm or leg was down at a certain point in the timecode, and then call up the chip data on location for that point in the timecode and have the chip determine whether the ball was in or out. It’s actually really simple.

  27. sameer1138 says:
    Jul 20, 2016 9:22 AM
    Apparently Blandino doesn’t understand what timecode is and how it works to synchronize the TV cameras. You can use it to synchronize the chips in the footballs, too. That way, the officials can rule that a player’s arm or leg was down at a certain point in the timecode, and then call up the chip data on location for that point in the timecode and have the chip determine whether the ball was in or out. It’s actually really simple.
    =================================
    Sameer,
    Now you are going too far. The NFL doesn’t understand atmospheric effects on pressure even after they have had a year to study it and have had the input of preeminent scientists from around the globe. They certainly have no interest in understanding synchronous timecodes.
    Which implies two things. The NFL doesn’t really care about understanding how technology works. Secondly, the NFL wants to impose their own brand of industrial understanding of how they alone will determine how things work. We will not have any say in that matter regardless of how much basic scientific knowledge or just plain common sense we provide.
    Sad but truer, Florio keeps on providing a forum for morons like Blandino to spew their incomprehensible and totally nonsensical blatherings.

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