Ever since before Deflategate the NFL has not given any thought to the pressure of footballs. Throughout the six months in which Deflategate has taken over the media arguments have been made that the pressure of footballs have a significant effect on the "Integrity of the Game". People, including Mark Brunell, have discussed the differences between a deflated and inflated football and how it is an unfair advantage. On top of that, if it had not been for Deflategate the NFL would not have been concerned with the inflation levels of footballs and how their inflation is absolutely crucial to the integrity of the game.
The NFL does not really know much about the inflation and deflation rate of footballs and that was shown in the Wells Report. On page 116 of the Wells Report, Wells and his investigators hypothesize that footballs lose a certain amount of air pressure based on weather conditions. The Ideal Gas Law is the main scientific resource for this information. In the experiments in the Wells Report, according to the Ideal Gas Law," Patriots footballs should have measured between 11.52 and 11.32 psi," which is simply put, is an educated guess. Until now, there is no science behind the pressure of footballs besides what is portrayed in the Wells Report. Although I do not agree with the findings of the Wells Report, there is scientific data backing the deflation rate of footballs. In hindsight, the NFL does not have any prior knowledge about the deflation rate of footballs besides what Ted Wells and the rest of his investigation team found. That is where the officials come in.
At the Officials Meetings the current NFL Supervisor of Officials, Gary Slaughter, noted that,"These are man made products. There is a bladder and a valve. We have all checked them for many years. Sometimes when you check the ball right out of the box, there could be problem. They could have a slow leak and you wouldn't even know it at the time," said Slaughter.
Slaughters remarks indicates that there are still several unanswered questions about the science and commonalities of footballs. This still did not stop the NFL from hammering Tom Brady by fitting the evidence to the crime. Now that the NFL has been intently studying the inflation and deflation rate of footballs they may find information that will be worth noting.
The NFL has a lack of evidence to convict Tom Brady of deflating footballs and until they get a complete scientific backing from this season and next. The new information from the NFL's experiment this season could prove to be noteworthy but there still is no way of knowing if they can keep records during games.
The NFL and Roger Goodell are in trouble and they will be forced to face the consequences once Judge Richard Berman releases the details of Tom Brady's appeal. As always, Tom Brady is innocent until proven guilty and if the NFL wants to spin the truth so be it. The truth will come out, and someone will receive punishment, that I can assure you.