NFL teams are constantly trying to find new ways of understanding the game of football to get an edge on Sundays. Whether it’s countless hours spent in the film room studying team’s tendencies or even new-age statistical analytics, if something can provide even a miniscule advantage, teams will look to prosper from it.
The St. Louis Rams are experimenting with a new piece of technology on the field in hopes of finding just such an advantage.
According to ESPN.com, the Rams have been working with Google Glass technology recently in an effort to get a better idea for what players are actually seeing on the field. The technology allows players to don the glasses and record and save video. Quarterback Sam Bradford and receiver Tavon Austin demonstrate the ways the technology can be utilized on the field.
Rams general manager Les Snead even envisioned the possibility of the technology being incorporated into the helmets in able to give fans the ability to see what a player saw on a given play during the games.
It’s not the first time coaches have looked to find a way to gain perspective on the field. Video cameras have also been used to see what a player is looking at. The University of Washington put a camera on the helmet of quarterback Keith Price for their spring football game two years ago. However, the equipment is a bit more bulky than the lightweight glasses by Google.
As far as we’re concerned, anything that gives people more access to the sport is a good thing.