If you have not heard, a week or so ago, the league announced that subscribers to their Game Rewind package (which should run at $70) will give fans access to All-22 film, which means any of us here at DBN who subscribe can evaluate what the 22 players on the field for any given play were doing. That is going to be tremendous news for fans who like hard-core analysis, and I'm sure sites like Pro Football Focus and Football Outsiders will be able to put together some more unique features. At some point, will it get to be too much, though?
Our friends over at Cincy Jungle have done a good job combining a few quotes from members of the media, such as Michael Lombardi and Charlie Casserly. Both of them are concerned with the release of the All-22 Film to the public. For example, here is what Casserly had to say:
Charley Casserly, a former general manager who was a member of the NFL's competition committee, says he voted against releasing All-22 footage because he worried that if fans had access, it would open players and teams up to a level of criticism far beyond the current hum of talk radio. Casserly believed fans would jump to conclusions after watching one or two games in the All 22, without knowing the full story.
"I was concerned about misinformation being spread about players and coaches and their ability to do their job," he said. "It becomes a distraction that you have to deal with." Now an analyst for CBS, Casserly takes an hour-and-a-half train once a week to NFL Films headquarters in Mt. Laurel, N.J. just to watch the All-22 film.
On one hand, I understand Casserly's concern. If a team fails to execute a critical fourth down play, fans can now go back and see what went wrong. Surely, there will be an open receiver that the quarterback missed, or what seems to be a terribly drawn-up route, which may or may not convey who was responsible for the downfall of the play. Fans or the local media can get more aggressive and specific in regards to their questioning of a certain play or a player's abilities. It will change the way some fans break down a game.
Here is a question, though: why is it acceptable now for the fans to bash the Browns' group of receivers, when it's difficult to see what the issue is? Wouldn't a more accurate assessment possibly lead to fans having a better understanding of what their front office is doing? I could ramble on and on, but I don't see this being a negative for fans.
If Casserly is concerned about his job at somewhere like CBS, where he is often called upon to point out something unique in film, then he shouldn't be: the average fan is not going to get into that stuff, and even the hard-core fans probably won't look at many games beyond the ones featuring their own team.
Do you guys see there being anything wrong with the All-22 film being offered to fans, or is it all positive in your eyes?