Could virtual reality be the key to training NFL quarterbacks in the future? According to Re/Code, the Dallas Cowboys are the first team to dive in and experiment with technology that will allow quarterbacks to re-live plays from their own perspective.
The Cowboys have inked a two-year deal with StriVR Labs, a virtual reality sports startup, to train all of its quarterbacks using a VR headset, according to a source familiar with the deal. After donning the headset, players see a live-action 3-D video replay of a football play from the quarterback’s perspective, and can review that play from a first-person view over and over, looking in any direction.
Later in the day, ESPN unveiled that the Cowboys don't plan on limiting the technology to just quarterbacks: linebackers and safeties will get to wear the virtual-reality headset as well:
Quarterbacks, as well as linebackers or safeties, will wear a virtual-reality headset that will adjust the video in the room to what the player is looking at and allow the coaches to see if they are making the proper reads or checks during each play. It will also help the backups get views of plays they would not have experienced.
ESPN reports that other teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, are considering adding the system. Based on how the technology is being described, I'd have to believe that the majority of teams in the NFL will invest in this technology before long. Rather than a quarterback trying to understand a coaches' feedback on a certain play, the quarterback can re-live the play as many times as he wants to see specifically what went right or wrong. On the flip side, it can also allow the coaches to get a better understanding of the quarterback's perspective, to which maybe the staff can pick up on something related to the offensive line, running backs, or wide receivers too.
What do you think, Browns fans? Is it only a matter of time before all NFL teams utilize this, or do you think this is a case where the technology is taking things a step further than necessary?