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Wednesdays will never be the same.

That is the day of the week when the "all-22" coaches films of every NFL game will be available to subscribers to NFL.com's Game Rewind package.

Game Rewind, which costs about $70 for the full version for a year, already offers the choice to replay full and condensed broadcasts of every NFL game, available at about midnight each Sunday.

The coaches films are a new offering this season, along with a telestrator feature available in the Game Rewind app for iPad and Android tablets. The telestrator lets fans make a drawing over a still frame from whatever game they are watching, add their own analysis, and then share their creation with friends via email or social media.

All 22 players on the field on a given play are visible in the coaches films angles. Subscribers pretty much will see the same video that coaches, scouts and players watch week to week.

Does that mean fans will all turn into instant experts who think they could replace Chan Gailey, Bill Belichick or Tom Coughlin at the drop of a hat?

"Don't they think that anyway?" said Ron Jaworski, breaking into laughter.

Jaworski, the Lackawanna legend who is an analyst for several ESPN broadcasts, spoke by phone Tuesday from his office at NFL Films in southern New Jersey. He had just finished watching tape of last season's Week Three meeting between the Patriots and Bills, for a segment he is preparing on the Pats' Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

In 1993, Jaworski and Greg Cosell at NFL Films pioneered the use of coaches film as a tool for broadcast analysis. And "Jaws" was drafted as an NFL player in 1973, so he's been watching game films for a long time. He says fans will have fun learning things from the all-22 video, but he says there is a certain amount of expertise required to really know what you're seeing.

"I've had coaches teach me how to look at tape," he said. "Here at NFL Films I've got a lot of coaches around [studying tape with me]. We talk about it and we are constantly seeing new things.

"Based on my experience and age, when I see plays, I know what the design of the play is, I know what's supposed to happen. When I see the defense, I know what they're trying to do. So, I think because I've been coached and trained that way, I understand the game. I think it will be a little bit difficult for the untrained eye to actually pick things up."

Henry Kunttu spent 40 years as the Buffalo Bills' director of video operations, retiring after last season. He and former Bills offensive coordinator Turk Schonert are partners in a company called Powerhouse Portable, which sells video presentation equipment for business. Kunttu, who still does some video consulting for NFL teams, says fans won't quite get all the same input that coaches and players get when watching film.

"When players see game footage on Monday, they get the down and distance information for each play, what the play call was, the defensive calls — all that is on the screen along with the video. The fans won't have all of that information."
Kunttu says seeing the game in a new way will be an eye-opener for many.

"The all-22 view lets you see how a play develops. If a guy makes a mistake in coverage, the mistake is very glaring. I think that might surprise some people. You may have a more romantic view when you watch games on television."

Since being a Monday morning quarterback is practically our national pastime, NFL coaches and players will surely be second guessed even more now. Those glaring mistakes that show up on the coaches films can only fuel the critics who populate chat rooms and talk radio phone lines.

"I don't think coaches can pull the wool over people's eyes now as often," Jaworski said. "Quite honestly, coaches sometimes say things to protect their players, to protect themselves. And I will look at the tape and see they were dead wrong. I would never call them out because that's not my role. But I think you will see some people that understand the coaching tape and when coaches make these statements after games or at press conferences, I think there are going to be people out there who are going to say, ‘Hey, that was wrong.' I think clearly this will be an irritant for head coaches."

"The coaches films will be fun to watch," Kunttu said. "And they will also make it easier to blame a coach or a player for a misstep, to pin their ears to the wall."

Greg Isaacs works for the NFL as vice president for digital media. Isaacs said he does not sense the league is worried about the "everybody's a critic" angle.

"Our belief is you release the coaches film and it promotes a new level of conversation about the game," Isaacs said. "The discussions become much more sophisticated.

"Fans see a play, they may wonder why the safety did not react a certain way, not pick up a blitz, for example. They are watching on our iPad application, they pause the play, diagram it with the telestrator, then post it to Twitter. This spreads the discussion and brings about a new level of sophistication and analysis."

The $69.99 subscription also includes access to coaches film for this season's playoffs and Super Bowl, along with archived coaches film of all 2011 games. Also, subscribers may watch regular broadcasts from 20 or so "Classic Super Bowls," as well as 30-minute condensed versions of all 2012 games.

The apps for Apple and Android tablets are free, with Game Rewind prices the same.
There are lower-tiered plans at lesser prices, but they do not include full coaches films. Gamerewind.nfl.com has full details on subscribing.

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