In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have to worry about officiating in the NFL. Of course, that is simply unrealistic, but Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes has an idea of how to limit the simpler mistakes.
While speaking on the WHOOP podcast, the star quarterback suggested a high-tech solution: microchips.
Mahomes suggested using the league’s Next Gen Stats microchips that have been used for data tracking in previous seasons to alert officials when the ball crosses the goal line.
“I’ve always thought the chip in the ball has to happen sometime, where if you cross the line, it just tells you a touchdown,” Mahomes said, via the Kansas City Star.
“The biggest thing to me is when they get in the pile by the end zone, there is literally no way to tell if he’s in the end zone or not. It’s like you said, it’s just whatever they call. … I’m sure it’ll happen soon enough.”
If only it was that easy.
How would referees be able to tell whether a player’s knee was down before they reached the ball over the goal line? The simple answer is they wouldn’t, so the microchips wouldn’t be the exact fix Mahomes is looking for.
So while it is an idea with good intentions, there would need to be a lot of changes made before it would actually be effective. But, hey, at least he is thinking outside of the box.