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Steelers integrating helmet cameras into practice routine

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The Packers are using GPS monitoring in hopes of reducing injury risk for some of their players, but they aren’t the only team investigating new technologies this offseason.

The Steelers have started using an HD helmet camera system called SchuttVision to offer coaches a chance to see what players are seeing while they are on the field. The technology was unveiled in January and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown have been the first two players to wear it during practice sessions. 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 thinks it could be a useful teaching tool for backup quarterbacks to see the field through Roethlisberger’s eyes, but, as Haley said, the team is just starting to sort through the applications of the technology. Other teams — there are 33 at the pro and college level using SchuttVision in some manner — will be doing the same thing as they try to optimize every minute of practice time. Those that find those ways the fastest should give themselves an advantage for at least as long as it takes for the next technological advance to change the field again.

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25 Responses to “Steelers integrating helmet cameras into practice routine”
  1. 700levelvet says: Jun 23, 2014 10:20 AM

    Ben wants to know if he can use it to call ahead for his favorite restaurant and have the GPS system get him there as quickly as possible

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Jun 23, 2014 10:25 AM

    These high definition cameras will capture up close and personal the pittsburgh steelers continued downward slide back into the Bubby Brister Era.

  3. thepftpoet says: Jun 23, 2014 10:27 AM

    Bill Bellichick is in awe right now.

    This must be a dream come true.

  4. r8rsfan says: Jun 23, 2014 10:33 AM

    Belicheck probably has them hacked.

  5. wtfchiefs says: Jun 23, 2014 10:34 AM

    I remember the WLAF had helmet cams back in the day. It made you feel noxious to watch it for more than 5 seconds, but it was pretty cool

  6. willycents says: Jun 23, 2014 10:37 AM

    I don’t believe the system as displayed will hold up in live action on the field. LOL

  7. steelerben says: Jun 23, 2014 10:40 AM

    Film from Ben’s camera is going to be used for the highly anticipated Girls Gone Wild: Latrobe Edition.

  8. purpleguy says: Jun 23, 2014 10:45 AM

    Hey, is that a picture of Clay Mathews?

  9. aceakking says: Jun 23, 2014 10:48 AM

    This is great. Bill Leavy will like it too.

  10. clashpoint says: Jun 23, 2014 10:53 AM

    I predict this video coverage eventually goes league wide and becomes pay per view.

  11. Spymaster Belichick says: Jun 23, 2014 11:02 AM

    This excites Belichick.

  12. cidman2001 says: Jun 23, 2014 11:15 AM

    SchuttVision??? It’a a freaking GoPro camera strapped to a helmet…. I wonder how much Mr> Schutt bilked teams to get their “SchuttVision” system? I’m guessing it was way more than the price of a couple of GoPro’s…..

  13. getyourownname says: Jun 23, 2014 11:18 AM

    Surprised the Mike Tomlin would allow use of live video during plays.

  14. mshawn75 says: Jun 23, 2014 11:22 AM

    Sounds like something Jerry Jones would do.

  15. steeldude says: Jun 23, 2014 11:27 AM

    Somehow this video needs to be incorporated into a video game for the Oculus Rift.

  16. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 23, 2014 11:53 AM

    These very small sports cameras could soon be a big part of the TV coverage. Going interactive would be interesting and being able to select which camera angle you want to view the next play from would be pretty cool.

  17. briscocountyjr says: Jun 23, 2014 12:01 PM

    They are also using one undercover on big ben to see where he goes for his excessive food consumption, in an effort to head him off. With his waistline, their planned hurry up offense is in the red.

  18. nosleeptilsb says: Jun 23, 2014 12:06 PM

    One day this game we love will be played by robots, you read it here first.

  19. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 23, 2014 12:31 PM

    They tried using the camera on Dalton’s helmet, but all they got from the tape was a locked-in shot of Green followed by a chase of the defender.

  20. b3nz0z says: Jun 23, 2014 12:40 PM

    if this becomes common, i’d really want to see POVs from earl thomas, lesean mccoy, and peyton manning

  21. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 23, 2014 1:08 PM

    Whomever can ascend the learning curve on the pros/cons will earn an edge — and it’s nice to see the Steelers getting in on the ground floor. Nobody wants to be the last guy in the room to clue in.

  22. pacificnw7722 says: Jun 23, 2014 1:25 PM

    Why not just use Google Glass?

  23. clevelandrocksyourface says: Jun 23, 2014 1:43 PM

    Now they’ll be able to see how old and slow their D really is.

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 23, 2014 3:02 PM

    Now they’ll be able to see how old and slow their D really is.

    I guess Cleveland wouldn’t have been helped last year with the camera tapes…..right?

  25. pittsburghdamned says: Jun 23, 2014 5:25 PM

    RGIII would like to have his mounted facing towards him.

    Hail to the Ego.

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