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The NFL and its teams have closely guarded coaching film for years, so it’s notable that the league is allowing NFL.com to make it available to fans for the first time.
Viewers can pay $69.99 to receive coaching-film tape of all games on NFL.com, one from an overhead perspective (showing all 22 players) and another from a high-endzone viewpoint, above the goal posts. That package also includes tape-delayed, normal camera-view rebroadcasts of all games, including condensed 30-minute versions.
Fans also can pay $39.99 to watch all games on tape delay on NFL.com without the coaching angles, or $34.99 merely to watch a single team’s games on tape. The game replays, available on computers and tablet devices, are made available after NBC’s Sunday-night game ends. The coach’s film for every play will be available beginning Wednesdays.
NFL Game Rewind is an appealing option for displaced fans that want to follow their team but don’t plan to purchase DirecTV or Sunday Ticket. The huge disadvantage is that NFL.com’s games are on tape, unlike Sunday Ticket.
AROUND THE DIAL
• Dumbest Week One remark: Fox’s Michael Strahan saying the Jets might bench Mark Sanchez eventually because of “crowd chants.” Even Terry Bradshaw responded with a dismissive, “Please!’
• Kudos to Bradshaw for calling out the NFL and imploring the league to release all of the Saints’ bounty evidence “so we can trust the NFL when they say, ‘You are guilty.’ … I’m ticked off about this.”
• Fox rookie game analysts Mike Martz and Heath Evans were verbose and repetitive on their Week One assignments, with Martz repeatedly noting how Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman has improved his footwork and how fast Tampa’s defense is. “I know I’m beating a dead horse,” Martz said. Yes, you are, coach.
• NFL Network has this bad habit of running the words “Breaking News” on its scroll before presenting news that’s two days old, as it did on opening Sunday with the alleged “bounty players” being reinstated. But credit NFL Network for running the inactive player list on a scroll Sunday morning — unlike ESPN.
• We like the new 4:25 p.m. ET start times — 10 minutes later than past years — but it still didn’t prevent some viewers from missing the end of Eagles-Browns and Saints-Redskins, which ended at close to 4:40 p.m. ET.
• Ron Jaworski, shifted from ESPN’s booth to the studio, offered the most incisive and insightful look at the rookie quarterbacks, noting how the Browns’ Brandon Weeden stares down receivers —an hour before he struggled badly against the Eagles.
• Personnel moves: NFL Network added three analysts: LaDainian Tomlinson (for its new 7 a.m. ET Sunday pregame show), Donovan McNabb (for Friday evening studio shows) and Shaun O’Hara (Total Access). … Most unusual hire? CBS adding Los Angeles Dodgers team physician Neal ElAttrache to offer perspective on player injuries. … Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” will replace Warren Sapp with rotating analysts (including Bill Cowher and some players). … CBS will use only its former quarterbacks on staff (Phil Simms, etc.) for CBS Sports Network’s first-ever NFL show at 5 p.m. ET Mondays.
• Love how NBC’s Cris Collinsworth explains a quarterback’s pre-snap signals. When Tony Romo was barking several times during the Cowboys-Giants opener, Collinsworth explained he was screaming “kill, kill, kill” because he saw a blitz and was changing the play.