The biggest thing holding back aspiring football writers has been the lack of quality tape. How often have there been squabbles over where a player lined up, who missed an assignment, and which player was responsible for missing that big play? So many of these arguments were never able to be nipped in the bud because unless you had an inside track in the NFL, or were high up enough in media circles fans never had access to the vital 'All-22' film, commonly known as 'coaches film'-- that ended today.
This afternoon the NFL announced that full replays of games including All-22 film would be available as part of its Game Rewind Service in 2012. With this leap it no longer means those without a press pass are at a significant disadvantage over those who are in the box on Sundays. On a personal level this means I can verify every single significant play on Sunday night, in order to supply you with the most accurate game breakdown I can on Monday morning. This might seem small, but it's absolutely huge.
How often does the TV camera follow the QB so you never really now what caused a defensive back to be beaten? As it stands it can be tough to even know if a defense is in man, or zone coverage from the sideline view, and on most downs the safeties aren't even shown on the screen.
Carrying a $69.99 price tag is pretty hefty for most, but for avid football geeks it's going to be the premier way to study, and write about games on Sunday. I can't wait to show you in the fall what this kind of film is going to allow for in our coverage!