NFL will make allowances for legitimate technical collapses

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It’s one thing for the league to take the position that there generally will be no reason to delay the deadline for getting picks made when the first-ever (and hopefully first-only) home-office draft happens in 15 days. It’s quite another for the league to take the position that the clock will continue to run if a legitimate technical collapse occurs.

Per a league source, the NFL will be prepared to show flexibility in the event that a genuine technical breakdown happens. In late April, for example, thunderstorms tend to happen on a fairly regular basis. Chances are that, somewhere in the U.S., a storm will be firing at some point during the first round of the draft. If a G.M. or head coach or owner temporarily lose all connections due to a lightning strike, the NFL won’t tell them, “Sh-t happens.”

Whatever form it takes, it must be a real breakdown, not an inconvenience or an annoyance or an actual or feigned inability to figure out how to use the available technology. The league is working with all relevant sponsors (like Verizon, Amazon, and Bose) to ensure that, despite everyone taking the office to the home, a legitimate workplace will emerge.

The NFL chose to proceed with a draft in these unusual times. The NFL has a huge responsibility to ensure that it works. If real glitches happen, the NFL won’t simply shout, “Next!” The NFL will find a way to help a team that finds itself in the wrong technological place at the wrong technological time.

34 responses to “NFL will make allowances for legitimate technical collapses

  1. Mike Tomlin will blame Bill Belichick. Jon Harbaugh too.

    Nobody’s ever seen the internet not work before!

  2. As a viewer, should I expect to see the annoying three blinking dots on my screen once the clock runs out on Cincy’s first pick?

  3. Knowing how much GMs love to follow the rules have a feeling we will see more then a few technical difficulties allowing for teams to take more time for making their decisions .

  4. There are plenty of ways to safe guard the draft, and to have alternatives for technical failure. I’m not really sure why this is such a big deal for some people?

    Like Harbaugh whining about picks getting hacked. Its simple. The NFL should create a document for each team. That document will have 40+ randomly created codes on. Dont save it on a computer, dont email it, none of that. Use a typewriter, and then print a copy. One copy for the NFL, one copy for the team. When they are done, they have 32 NFL copies, each different for each team, and the 32 teams each have 1 copy of their version. Then mail it to the team. Simple as that. There is no data trail on the internet to get hacked.

    Then when a team is on the board and ready to do business, like make a trade, it would go down like this:
    Team A notifies the NFL they are trading the pick to Team B.
    NFL asks Team A to identify security code 31
    Team A tells them the code
    NFL asks Team B to identify their security code 7
    Team B tells them the code.

    The NFL confirms the legitimacy and the trade is official

    Team B then tells the NFL their pick.
    The NFL requests Team B to identify security code 26
    Team B identifies the code, and the NFL announces the pick.

    Pretty simple, and makes 100% certain that the team that makes the pick is actually the team making the pick, and the pick is the actual player they want to select, etc.

    Technical glitches are one thing, but this prevents any kind of hacking. Took me 30 seconds to dream that up. Are their holes in my procedure, probably, but its a good start

  5. factschecker says:
    April 8, 2020 at 10:51 am
    Mike Tomlin will blame Bill Belichick. Jon Harbaugh too
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    Don’t act like Belichick doesn’t have a past history of cheating. Check the facts.

  6. Belichick will be in the bushes outside of Andy Reid’s house, with binoculars and a walkie-talkie

  7. Don’t act like Belichick doesn’t have a past history of cheating. Check the facts.
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    he has a bigger history of being accused than anything else. You have spy gate. he did that. i get why. Many others said they did it too. That doesn’t make it right but lets not act like he invented it. And that’s really it. But he’s accused at least a couple of times a year.

  8. factschecker says:
    April 8, 2020 at 11:25 am
    Don’t act like Belichick doesn’t have a past history of cheating. Check the facts.
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    he has a bigger history of being accused than anything else. You have spy gate. he did that. i get why. Many others said they did it too. That doesn’t make it right but lets not act like he invented it. And that’s really it. But he’s accused at least a couple of times a year
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    Typical patriot fan answer. They get caught cheating……”well everyone does it”. Patriots win a game due to multiple calls in their favor…..”Well there were bad calls all around”. Always an excuse with those guys to justify.

  9. I agree with poster above that this isn’t as complicated as its being made out. Don’t think we need analog paper codes or anything though. Each teams war room should be on zoom or whatever with each other. They probably will already have their big boards in place well before this anyway. And they designate one person to communicate with the league office. They are going to know who that person is and what their face looks like. And once the conversation with the league happens. Then the ole RG gets on a video stream and announces it to the world.

    But its the NFL so they will surely find a way to over-complicate it and screw it up.

  10. Whatever form it takes, it must be a real breakdown, not an inconvenience or an annoyance or an actual or feigned inability to figure out how to use the available technology.

    ***************

    Right. This, from the people who still can’t tell you what is or is not a catch.

    What could possibly go wrong.

  11. And with that news, Bill Belichick & Co. are hard at work planning their first “legitimate technical collapse”.

  12. One thing they could do and I know this sounds dumb…but hey it works for millions of people EVERY SUMMER…Is use the ESPN Fantasy Football app (ESPN is already a partner) to make the picks. Upload the pool of players into the app and boom your done. The key to making it work would be to NOT ALLOW ANY TRADES ONCE A ROUND HAS STARTED. That way the team order can be loaded ahead of time with minimal complications.

  13. Just text the pick to the commissioner or whoever gets the picks. You don’t even need video. In fact that would be better because then the networks won’t find out about the pic and spoil it for everybody before it happens.

  14. patriotmaleorgy says:
    Typical patriot fan answer. They get caught cheating……”well everyone does it”. Patriots win a game due to multiple calls in their favor…..”Well there were bad calls all around”. Always an excuse with those guys to justify.
    ——
    That’s not fair. I admitted to it. I get why BB did it. But other esteemed Super Bowl
    winning coaches like Jimmy Johnson and Bill Cowher said this was done league wide by everyone. That’s not nothing unless you chose to simply refuse it.

    And what the heck does bad calls have anything to do with cheating? You think BB pays the refs?

  15. Right. This, from the people who still can’t tell you what is or is not a catch.

    What could possibly go wrong.

    Exactly.

  16. Each teams war room should be on zoom or whatever with each other.

    Dude, you do know that Zoom is a chicom entity, right? I mean, if you’re worried about security or anything. Plus, they are fully integrated with Facebook so, like how secure can it be?

  17. Han Brolo says:
    April 8, 2020 at 11:05 am
    There are plenty of ways to safe guard the draft, and to have alternatives for technical failure. I’m not really sure why this is such a big deal for some people?…That document will have 40+ randomly created codes on. Dont save it on a computer, dont email it, none of that. Use a typewriter, and then print a copy.
    ———-

    You lost me at typewriter.

  18. I envision the guy in the control tower in the movie “Airplane!” when he unplugs a cord from the wall and everything goes dark. “Just kidding”.

    Good stall tactic lol…

  19. The Raiders are run by reality TV stars so they should be used to being associated with bad TV.

  20. Will it be a “technical glitch” when someone’s dog, or kid, trips over the router, or power, cord and unplugs the system?

  21. If a “storm” happens somewhere in the US can’t the GM just pick up a phone and call in his pick???

  22. I find the real risk is the television event — phones work and are reliable. Worried about your phone line/ Buy a burner phone to back up your primary. I don’t care about seeing some GM in his house saying “with the xx pick the select .”

  23. skins716 says:
    April 8, 2020 at 11:28 am
    How about back-up generators??
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    How about using the most secure method out there…the low-tech telephone? If there’s a glitch, pick up the phone and call. Each team can have a password that they use to identify themselves so that there are no prank calls.

    It’s easy and will work.

  24. Remember when opposing teams used to send hookers to LTs hotel room to keep him up late the night before a game?

    Now they are gonna send hackers to GMs houses to jam up their networks.

    Similar tactic. Less risk of STDs.

  25. This just in: Elvis Dumervil has offered his services to stand by the fax machine at his local Kinkos as an emergency failsafe. Negotiations still underway with Belichick to utilize the intricate audio/visual system they have used flawlessly for years in the visitors locker room.

  26. The NFL has hired IT consultant Will Chickibel to make sure none of the teams get hacked during the draft.

  27. And what the heck does bad calls have anything to do with cheating? You think BB pays the refs?

    Of course not. Kraft’s office handles all billing.

  28. Each team can have a password that they use to identify themselves so that there are no prank calls.

    Right. Because nobody ever sold – or hacked – a password.

  29. Can you bet on if a team will have an issue. If so I am taking the Patriots and the over.

  30. Cell towers can be affected by storms, and possibly even land lines (though not as likely). Satellite phones would seem to be the way to go. They are not as expensive as they used to be, not that a multi-billion dollar enterprise is too worried about that.

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