Chicago Bears Looking at Quarterback Position From New Vantage Point… With Helmet Camera


May 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Matt Blanchard (4) runs a drill during the rookie minicamp on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

This really is a new era in Chicago Bears football.  Marc Trestman and the Bears are trying something totally new with their quarterback position or at least something I haven’t seen.  For their rookie minicamp the Bears’ AV Club mounted a camera to Matt Blanchard’s helmet, so that Marc Trestman and the Bears coaching staff can see what the quarterback sees when they’re evaluating practice tape.  Just call the Bears coaches the Geek Squad.

I think it’s a really unique idea; something that never would have happened under the Lovie Smith era.  I think this could be really interesting to evaluate how plays develop but even more importantly, how the quarterback is going through his progressions.   A big key to Marc Trestman’s offense will be to get the ball out quickly.  If they can see how Jay is surveying the field in practice, they’ll be able to help him follow the progressions and get the ball out quicker.

Then again, if the new-look version of the Chicago Bears offensive line doesn’t do it’s job right, all that camera will be seeing is a close-up view of the turf or the overcast Lake Forest skies.

What do you think?  Is this a gimmick or does this have a chance to help in the development of the quarterbacks?