NFL testing several innovations at Pro Bowl

AP

The NFL annually uses the Pro Bowl to test out innovations, and this year is no different.

Among other things, the NFL is tweaking the coach-to-player on-field communication system for Sunday’s game, with NFC and AFC coaches allowed to communicate with more than one player.

NFL rules currently restrict communication with only one player on the field at a time. On offense, that’s always the quarterback.

In the Pro Bowl, multiple players can wear radios, and the coaching staff will have until 15 seconds remain on the play clock to communicate with them.

The other innovations planned for the Pro Bowl:

Optical performance: Testing the new prism football shield to enhance player vision on-field.

Adjustment to game clock: Modifying both game and play clock for understanding and maximizing pace of play.

Camera angles: Helmet camera, officiating hat camera, pylon first-down camera, and pregame camera in locker room to provide unique perspectives.

Player and Legend captains wired for audio: Expanding on ESPN’s existing use of player audio in the “Monday Night Mic” segments.

360-degree camera: A 360-degree camera under the goal post with a view of the entire back line of the end zone, providing a unique look at potential scoring plays.

Next Gen Stats’ fan experience: For the first time, fans can experience NFL’s players tracking data in real-time streaming during the telecast. Users will see all players and ball activity throughout the whole field from a birds-eye view in real-time, within milliseconds of the action happening on the field, throughout every moment of the game.

19 responses to “NFL testing several innovations at Pro Bowl

  1. Are they testing ways to fire incompetent officials> Mistakes are inevitable. Consequences for those mistakes should be too.Consequences should be based on the severity of the mistakes. The clown(s) who missed the call in the NFC Championship Game need to lose their jobs. They were both within 15 yards of the play with no obstructions in their view. Unlike the facemask and other calls that some people keep bringing up to justify that missed call. Some calls have extenuating circumstances. THAT call was either incompetent beyond belief. Or it was cheating. Only 2 explanations. Hopefully it was the former.

  2. Here’s a novel and innovative thought, why don’t they permit all plays to be reviewable, including penalties and PI to see if it slows down the pace of the game significantly.

  3. Pass Interference can be reviewed in the Canadian Football League. Watching the games this past year there was no noticeable change in the pace of the game.

  4. Helmet Cam! Original! as the World League of American Football trialed successfully in 1990! But seriously it was great, especially because they didn’t over-use it, just occasionally on a great play 2 or 3 times a game. Plus imagine how good it would be for reviews etc – and at stopping a-hole players being a-holes…

  5. Evan Lin says:
    January 25, 2019 at 4:58 pm
    Here’s a novel and innovative thought, why don’t they permit all plays to be reviewable, including penalties and PI to see if it slows down the pace of the game significantly.
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    I like the concept, but just FYI, Bill Belichick has been advocating this exact thing for years.

  6. How about trying to put some integrity back in the game. You know like not interfering with the eventual outcome of a playoff game. With today’s technology and know how, there is no reason that an official call or no call should decide a game let alone a playoff game. Not throwing a flag is one thing. Waiving off other officials not to throw a flag is another.
    Until Goodell and the owners step up and address the situation the fans and players should really question the legitimacy of the league.

  7. Here is my two cents……
    How bout PROFESSIONAL WELL TRAINED FULL TIME!PAID,EMPLOYEE OFFICIALS???

  8. Why not just do away with this game altogether and put a 3rd Place game…folk might actually be excited by a KC-Saints game. The NFL used to do it in the 60’s

  9. Saints had a lead with less than two minutes left. Make a stop.

    Saints had the ball in overtime. Score.

    Making stops and scoring are pretty central to the game. You know that, right?

    Teams that don’t play well enough to overcome a call didn’t play well enough to win. Period.

    #wambulance

  10. Here is my two cents……
    How bout PROFESSIONAL WELL TRAINED FULL TIME!PAID,EMPLOYEE OFFICIALS???

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    Whether refs are part or full-time wouldn’t have mattered in the NO/LA game. It appears they already made the decision on who should win before the game started. It wasn’t incompetency.

  11. Let the players use axes and whoever is last man standing gets a cheeseburger. Sponsored by McDonalds. McDonalds, I’m lovin’ it!

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