ZEUS: THE EVOLUTION OF PLAY CALLING;
PLUS, INSIDE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS PRACTICE
AND ASK WARREN SAPP ANYTHING
THIS WEEK ON “INSIDE THE NFL” ON SHOWTIME
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2009 – at 9 p.m. ET/PT
NEW YORK (Dec. 17, 2008) – This week’s INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME – Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT features an in-depth look at Zeus, a new software program designed by Indiana University Astrophysicist Chuck Bower and theory statistician Frank Frigo that could change the way coaches call crucial plays. The feature, produced by Charlie Bloom of CBS Sports, includes interviews with Bower and Frigo as well as CBS Sports’ Bill Cowher, INSIDE THE NFL “Insider” Mike Lombardi and Buffalo Bills Linebackers Coach Matt Sheldon.
Plus, INSIDE THE NFL goes on the road with the New England Patriots as they prepared for their game against the Oakland Raiders. The NFL Films feature illuminates the usually enigmatic Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, who was mic’d up for the piece.
(On reactions to the Zeus feature)
COLLINSWORTH: I would spend my own money to get that thing…As a head coach, obviously you can’t use it during the course of the game, I would buy it and during the off-season go through every one of our games that we played, and check every situation…sort of like the Jeff Fisher thing, do you kick the field goal there or do you go for it on fourth down? And make sure that my decision making is such that it sort of matches up with the computer…If I made some decision that only had a 40% likelihood of being successful, I want to know that for future decision making. I would absolutely use a program like that.
SIMMS: I’ll try to boil it down to this, I hate it. First off they do all this analyses in the NFL. They have every number in the world you can look up. It’s at our disposal. And thank God I never played for a coach who relied on numbers and such to make a decision. We would have never won the Super Bowl, because Bill Parcells gambled and the statistics would have said, “Don’t do it, coach. It will backfire.” But it didn’t…He was a huge gambler in big moments to win games, and that computer would not kick that out.
ASK WARREN ANYTHING
(On what Warren would say to Terrell Owens if they were on the same team)
SAPP: All of “that,” what “that” is ain’t going on here. We are going to close ranks. We are going to close our mouths and we are going to march. If you don’t get the ball today, we are going to go behind closed doors and see if we can get you the ball tomorrow…I had Keyshawn (Johnson) on the team…. Key will do it behind closed doors. T.O. goes out like, “It is the world against me.” It’s your mouth against you. Stop that. Stop that and play football.
(On controversial replay in Steelers-Ravens game)
COLLINSWORTH: ….I’ve seen (the replay) a bunch of times. You have seen it a bunch of times. And everybody goes, “Ya know, if I look, I think it might be…” And to me, that’s when instant replay is supposed to be over. If it is to that point where you are trying to line up your eyeball with it….It is supposed to be indisputable visual evidence. Because the call on the field was it wasn’t a touchdown, they should have stayed with that.
SIMMS: …It was indisputable in his (referee’s) eyes and he’s the one that makes that decision. He didn’t walk out from underneath that booth and say, “Hey, I am not sure what I am going to say out there today.” He knew. He believed in what he said once he pieced it together. And that’s what replay is for. People want to say, “Oh, it’s only for big errors.” Well, who is going to define big? Where are we going to draw that line? Are we going to hire a committee to go, “Oh, that was a big one. Let’s review that one.”? It’s for every error on the football field. The games are too important. They are too close and there’s too much at stake. And I believe, when in doubt, you review it.
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