“I think it’s a worthy attempt,” said Gaudelli, via ESPN. “Because, look, football essentially has been covered the same way from the first day it was covered. Yes, we’ve added cameras. We’ve added technology. We’ve added all those things. But the game itself has been covered a certain way, and I think this is a chance to slightly break away from that and give people a different production to evaluate and see if they like it or not.”
So NBC’s experiment Thursday night could be the beginning of a massive change in the way TV networks cover live sports, football in particular. After all, a generation that has grown accustomed to and appreciative of the camera angle via video games is the generation networks want to target.
Much has been made of the NFL’s sagging TV ratings, a trend that has continued in 2017. It would be wild if a simple tweak like a new camera angle became the method of rejuvenation.
What’s left on the schedule isn’t too difficult, save for Pittsburgh and the final two weeks. The problem: Looking at the Titans’ positive numbers, down to their plus-1 turnover margin, there’s nothing that stands out. They are good at the coach-speak basics of running the ball and stopping the run, which can take teams a long way.
“It’s quite the challenge,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said on a conference call. “We’re only going to do walk-throughs this week. We’re pretty dinged up, and we don’t have really enough guys to get 11 on 11 right now for look squad (scout team). Most of our look squad guys are going to be playing, so we just got to get them ready to go.”
Sent to injured reserve were guard Shawn Lauvao (stinger), center Spencer Long (knee), wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (ankle) and running back Chris Thompson (fibula). Backup center Chase Roullier (hand) is also out this week.