Chicago Bears resort to helmet-cam; What do you think Mike McCarthy thinks?


Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman
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Chicago Bears new head coach Marc Trestman is known for his innovation on the offensive side of the football – that’s why the franchise hired him as their coach. Clearly tired with the defensive focus that former coach Lovie Smith instituted successfully in Chicago, team brass brought in Trestman to lift the team into the 21st century.

And Trestman is working every angle while looking for every advantage.

Enter the helmet-cam.

According to Mike Florio of who was citing Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Trestman has outfitted quarterback Matt Blanchard’s helmet with a small camera.

What do you think Mike McCarthy is thinking about this?

The technology isn’t very new, actually. It’s been around for quite a while, and NFL teams have utilized it for various purposes.

So, what will be the advantage of watching playback from the camera. Well, we know what the disadvantage is – should any of the coaches suffer from motion sickness, this might not be the best way to see what’s going on at ground level.

However, Trestman and his staff are hoping to see something else – they’re hoping that they will be able to study the film to view what the quarterback sees on the field and make adjustments with their player.

Nobody’s really sure if this will be successful or just a method that comes and goes.

Florio provided this link to a helmet-cam video produced at the University of Kentucky. He’s probably right in suggesting that if you view it, you might want to take some dramamine first.

I do have one suggestion: Require Jay Cutler to review this film over and over again just before every game next season. That should prep him well. Just a suggestion.

In the end, I think the Bears, who have just three quarterbacks on their roster at this time, will need more than a helmet-cam on board to lift them to elite status in the National Football League.

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