Rutgers coaches gain new perspective on training QBs with helmet technology
Sometimes, all football coaches need is a new perspective to see things a little more clearly. Thanks to the help of a new techonology called Schutt vision, head coach Kyle Flood can get inside the heads of his players -- quite precisely. Similar to a GoPro camera, special helmets are constructed with a camera lens above the bridge of the nose, creating a feed that shows viewers directly what the players are seeing.
In other words, a coach can watch how a quarterback went through his progressions or where a safety was looking when they got beat on a pass play. The technology is currently utilized by 33 NFL and college football teams, including Michigan, Auburn Texas, LSU, the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers.
While defensive players like linebackers and safeties have worn the helmets at Rugers practices, coaches have focused the resource on quarterback play and improving how QBs read defenses and offensive progressions.
"No matter who is wearing them, whether it's your quarterback, whether it's your safety. What it is he is looking at before the play, at the snap and then post-snap -- I think all those things are valuable," Flood said. "And then when you are trying to make decisions and trying to coach players at an elite level, any information you can get and all the information you can get, you want it. It's really another added piece of information for you."