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Bears using helmet cam to evaluate quarterbacks


At a time when many assume new Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who has no prior connection of any kind to the NFL, will revolutionize the game, new Bears coach Marc Trestman is breaking out a potentially significant innovation.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears mounted a small camera to quarterback Matt Blanchard’s helmet.

The goal, for now, is to determine whether the footage provides any benefit to coaches and players, who will study what the quarterback sees as a play develops.

Blanchard, who spent time on the team’s practice squad in 2012 after arriving as an undrafted free agent, is one of only three quarterbacks on the roster.

Some may recall that the World League of American Football used helmet cams as part of game broadcasts in the early 1990s. It’s unclear how prevalent the practice currently is, but here’s some helmet-cam video generated last year by the University of Kentucky.

We suggest taking Dramamine before watching it.