Cowboys filming practice with drones

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At some point, the term “drone” became inherently sinister. At some point, the term “drone” became attached to all remotely-controlled devices that fly.

Which has caused plenty of people to assume that any and all drones are evil and capable of mass mayhem. Which likely has delayed many reasonable innovations relating to the use of drones.

In the NFL, one team is embracing the use of drones. Via Todd Archer of ESPN.com, the Cowboys are using drones to film practice during OTAs.

“We pride ourselves on coaching and teaching our players as well as we can and film has been a big part of the game for a long time,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Typically you have an end zone shot and a sideline shot. We use a lot of hand-held cameras on the ground. . . . One of our coaches went down to SMU for their spring practices and saw they were using it. They liked the angle. We got a chance to see it, so we decided to take a look at it.”

Last year, NFL Media considered using drones as part of the Inside Training Camp series. It’s unclear why the technology wasn’t used. Maybe it’s just the stigma of equating an innocent RC helicopter to an anonymous death machine.

Then again, maybe they are.

91 responses to “Cowboys filming practice with drones

  1. Belichick just hired a hacker to start stealing the footage.

    His interpretation is there is no rule against hacking drones

  2. Seems to be a pretty smart way to evaluate angles on the field.

    Bet this is something that is aiming to benefit the running game (Vision/oline) as well as the secondary. It should also help with specific packages and pointing out specific players strengths/weaknesses from an aerial perspective.

    No reason at all to be critical of this but all the negative people on PFT pounce on anything Dallas related.

    Eagles will have drones before training camp

  3. So, the NFL owners can’t afford fixed cameras on the goal lines to give the best possible angle on replay of a touchdown, but they can afford cameras that fly around in the air to film practices. Sounds about right.

  4. Won’t surprise me one bit if they find themselves in front of Goodell before too long – call it “The Drone Spy Scandal” I refuse to use the “gate” moniker.

  5. owners can afford drones for practice but the NFL cant afford extra cameras on the goal lines to make sure the right calls are made.

  6. kcchefs58 says:
    May 27, 2015 1:52 PM

    Can the drones teach Romo how to throw a decent ball?

    *********************

    Hope yourself and Alex Smith continue to enjoy 3rd place in the AFC West…

  7. Jerry’s ambition may be to use the drones for spying, but I doubt that his team will ever get far enough for it to be a huge issue.

  8. That’s nothing. Paul Allen has Seahawk practices filmed by his Stratolaunch company from space. Drones, what losers.

  9. This is all a conspiracy!!! They are actually teaming up with dan synder in effort to find RG3’s knee, using an aerial view.

  10. Can the drone prevent another offensive meltdown in the 4th quarter with the game tied? I highly doubt it..

  11. megatronownsyou says:
    May 27, 2015 2:15 PM
    Former Spartan DE Denzel Drone approves

    So does Reuben Droughns

  12. Drones …. an impressive way to imply new technology to what we called RMC aircraft in the ’70’s… Great Hobby

  13. Drones may help see a lot of things better but they still can’t determine why a QB chokes.

  14. railcarcowboy says:
    May 27, 2015 1:54 PM

    Patriots are filming other teams’ practices with drones.
    ———————————————————

    Satellites, dude, satellites. Synchronous orbit over every NFL facility.

  15. steelerben says:
    May 27, 2015 1:57 PM

    So, the NFL owners can’t afford fixed cameras on the goal lines to give the best possible angle on replay of a touchdown, but they can afford cameras that fly around in the air to film practices. Sounds about right.
    =========================================
    Jerry’s always ready to spend money. It’s the Pats and Giants who are tighter than 2 coats of paint.

  16. Wow Belichick jokes how original.

    Its not like, you know, every team uses cameras and pretty much every person in the country has a cam in their smartphone.

    SMH

  17. ““We pride ourselves on coaching and teaching our players as well as we can ……….,” coach Jason Garrett said.
    ———————————————-
    McClain, Hardy, Josh Brent, Gregory, Collins, Randall, Dez Bryant all must have missed the day the cowgurls had lessons on integrity, honesty, values and responsibility etc.

  18. Cowboys using drones?!
    That’s an outrage!
    Bill Belichick needs to be banned from the NFL and jailed!

  19. Wow, next thing you know Jimmy Johnson will say he had someone film defensive signals when he was coaching them, but eventually stopped because it didn’t really do anything for them in all practicality. Just a matter of habit. Oh wait, he did say that.

  20. Brown Anchor….Dez may have caught it but there definitely was holding in the Detroit game! a No Call.In other words you live by the Refs,You die by the Refs!!!!

  21. This league is so dumb. It’s a testament to the greatness of the sport itself that it even exists.There just can’t be a business of this size anywhere else that is this incompetent, this lacking in foresight.

  22. kcchefs58 says:
    “Can the drones teach Romo how to throw a decent ball?”
    ———————-
    Alex Smith last hit wide receiver Dwayne Bowe for a 22-yard touchdown in the first quarter of a 45-10 win over the Redskins on Dec. 8, 2013. 535 days and 19 games later, they’re still waiting to put “Chiefs wide receiver” and “touchdown” in the same sentence. Perhaps the drones should really focus on teaching Alex Smith that, Romo is doing just fine

  23. In Dallas, I thought “drone” meant Jerry Jones talking about how happy he is that he signed Greg Hardy instead of keeping DeMarco Murray.

  24. …and the first ones to think of this is two staff assistants from SMU?

  25. PFT has officially jumped the shark: “Maybe it’s just the stigma of equating an innocent RC helicopter to an anonymous death machine.” I think remote quadcopter with mounted cameras are quite different. I think 90% of the population realizes that (including the masses of mouth-breathing knuckle draggers who troll here every day). My future reading crystal ball tells me every team in the league will be using these, likely this very season.

  26. As a staunch Patriots fan and a drinker of the Bill Belichick kool aid, I’m certain Bill has been flying drones over the opponents stadiums for years

  27. I would bet Bill BILLECHEAT been doing this for years, BUT NOT the PATRIOTS practices,,if you spot one over your teams stadium or practice field you will know who it belongs to…

  28. “At some point, the term “drone” became inherently sinister. At some point, the term “drone” became attached to all remotely-controlled devices that fly.”

    When I saw the title I was going to make a post about that but Florio beat me. I just think it’s funny how every remote controlled flying device is now a sinister drone. It’s not like they’re anything new. I find the application of the word annoying…much like terrorism.

  29. In related news, Kraft has already demanded an apology, Brady has refused to turn over his DVD, citing concern over how viewers might use footage of Gisele, and the Patriots have announced their staff refer to themselves as drones because of their personality.

    Actually, the last part may be correct.

  30. Watch out paranoid people of Texas, these drones are part of Jade Helm!

    The federal government is comin’ to git’ ya!!!

  31. Just don’t use it during a game….because then it would be filming from a location that is not approved.

  32. bencoates57 says:
    May 27, 2015 1:51 PM
    Can you imagine the bruhaha if Belichick suggested this?

    ————————————————–

    Yes but only because the Patriots would be filming other teams practices and not their own. See the difference?

  33. Probably using the DJI Phantom which has a flight time of 20 minutes.
    This would be a really awesome way to spy on your opponents.

  34. Upon reading this Belicheat cursed, tore up all his sketches and notebook, and went back to the drawing board.

  35. kcchefs58 says:
    May 27, 2015 1:52 PM
    Can the drones teach Romo how to throw a decent ball?
    ____

    How much better than the highest rated passer in the league can the guy get?

  36. Hmmm, maybe the NFL should consider using them instead of the end zone cameras they say are too expensive. If Dallas can afford drones, the NFL should be able to.

  37. Some people refer to them as surveillance cameras.
    Why was Greg Hardy wearing a fake nose and moustache?
    JJ wanted the cameras to focus on him.

  38. view from the ground is not good enough. sometimes you gotta to fly high… to catch what your opponents are doing on the other side of the fence… just saying!

  39. Billicheat is busy developing a drone that from 5,000 feet can shoot a ray that will deflate their footballs and add air to the opponent’s footballs. It’s being tested at Area 51 right now.

  40. Whats funny is the Pats fans saying ” and here comes the Pats jokes” You do realize when you do that it is YOU who are also making the commection, right. SDtop cheating and no one will make the connectionn.

    As a Cowboys fan I hate about 4 teams, Philly, Washington. New York Giants and Pittsburgh, because my brothers were Steelers fans as I grew up. However, neither of those teams are cheaters on the field. What they have won, they have won fairly. What the Pats,whom I have no animosity for, have won, is all tainted and asterisked. The team has no shame and their fans have no pride You are associated with cheating because you have repeated to be caught cheating with the same coach and same QB, Both of whome never did anything of Merit as a starting QB in college or as an HC in the NFL until they got together and decided neither could go anywhere without cheating.

  41. What’s the big deal? The Patriots have been doing this for years – filming OTHER TEAMS practices.

  42. obviously jerruh is a robot sent from the future. his secret though is that one of the drones can be manned which he will pilot himself so that he can have his draft war room there. So next year they can say that jerruh’s selections came from out of the stratosphere.

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