In order to let the coaches have an opportunity to see what players see during games, the Pittsburgh Steelers are using an HD camera system in practice.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown have been the first two players to wear it during practice sessions afte the technology was released in January. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley said that the team is still figuring out how to make the best use of the information gleaned from the tape.
“You can identify the fronts and when we are pointing out [middle linebackers] and stuff like that because usually the eyes are looking where he’s pointing,” Haley said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “You can see the direction the head is at the snap. It’s interesting technology. It’s a neat concept. We haven’t done a whole bunch with it, but the technology is phenomenal. If not for anything else, it forces the player that has it on to be on his P’s and Q’s.”
Quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner believes it could be a nice tool for backup quarterbacks to see the field through Roethlisberger’s eyes. But as Haley points out, the team is just starting to sort through the technology’s applications.
Other teams will start doing the same thing as they try to take advantage of every minute of practice time. There are 33 at the pro and college level using SchuttVision in some way shape or form.