There was a lot of excitement from a number of players on the Chicago Bears roster once the team hired former Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman. As soon as the players got a look at his offensive playbook, they couldn’t wait to get on the field and see his innovative offense.
Now that we have our first glimpse of players running Trestman’s offense in the rookie minicamp, we can see that his innovation is not just in the playbook, but also in the way the team practices.
As you can see in the picture to the right, Trestman has used helmet cams to help assess the quarterbacks.
Second-year quarterback Matt Blanchard is the quarterback that has been observed the most. He is working hard to earn a roster spot and the helmet cam may help him. The camera is used to show coaches what Blanchard sees as a play develops. If he can impress in that area, he will be closer to earning a spot on the roster.
So far, he has been impressive.
“He’s very good with our system of football. That’s come to him very easily. And he throws the ball very well,” Trestman said, via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
If Blanchard is smart, he can use the camera to his advantage. If he is careless and makes poor decisions, the coaches will see right away and his place on the roster bubble will be popped.
As for the technique of using a helmet cam, it is a pretty great idea that I wouldn’t be surprised to see more teams implement in the near future.