Two pieces of technology that should be implemented across the NFL

The NFL has made significant strides towards bringing technology into the forefront of its decision-making on the field. The use of high-definition cameras has allowed the league to look into the fine details of catches and fumbles to determine whether the on-field call was correct.

Removing Mistakes

It has been divisive as not everyone loves the fact that replays have been used to make game-changing calls, none more so than the infamous Dez Bryant catch from the 2014 Divisional Round contest between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers.

Although matters have improved slightly since then, there are still games that are being affected by insufficient developments in technology used by the NFL across all fixtures.

Fans would hate for another high-profile incident to affect another playoff game. Imagine if it were to occur once again in the playoffs where fans and bettors would have backed one of the 14 teams, including one of the favorites for the Super Bowl in the NFL odds such as the Kansas City Chiefs or Philadelphia Eagles, especially the former with odds of 13/4 to win the crown.

It would lead to massive disappointment and might even turn fans away from watching future games. So, what can be done to address replay and other high-profile incidents over the course of the NFL season?

All Games To Have Pylon Cameras

The NFL had longstanding issues regarding the awarding of touchdowns, basing replay calls on cameras situated outside of the endzone. Technology has come a long way, but not far enough to cover all the minute fractions of the field that are required when a scrape of a cleat is deemed worthy of scoring a touchdown. The Patriots found out to their cost when Keelan Cole’s touchdown allowed the Las Vegas Raiders to level up their contest in week 14.

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It was not clear whether Cole had managed to get both feet in bounds, and the FOX cameras were limited in the number of replays available to the officials. Had the game, as originally been slated, appeared on NBC Primetime, pylon cameras would have been available to add an additional element to the decision-making process. The pylon camera would have allowed the officials to see down the line on the left edge of the endzone to see whether Cole got his second foot down after making a terrific grab. This one is straightforward, the technology is there so the NFL should use it.

Tracking Chip In the Ball

Teams in the NFL already use tracking data to monitor the performances of their players on the field. However, it is about time that the NFL used tracking data in game balls to once and for all end the debate about the spot. At the moment, the judgment about where the ball should be placed on the field after a run, or catch and whether touchdowns are scored is solely on the line judge.

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There have been too many incidents where teams have been hard-done-by regarding the spot or have seen touchdowns fail to be awarded on the field. One of the best quarterbacks in the league, Patrick Mahomes, has led calls for this type of technology. Even an adaptation of the goalline technology system used in soccer would be helpful for officials, immediately indicating whether the ball has crossed the line or not. It would not only get the call on the field right, but it would also reduce the length of the game. There are so many benefits to the league for performing simple actions for all parties.

Future

The NFL is occasionally slow in adapting to changes in technology in their desire to ensure that it is both functional and will have proven benefits to the game. However, these pieces of technology are either already present in the game or have already been trialed by experts. It makes perfect sense to protect the integrity of the game so fans will not have to endure

 

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