Let’s start by clarifying the headline: the team in question uses drones to film their own team practices.
Not like that other time, with that team that never gets into trouble. Ever.
Nope, today Fox Sports reports that the Dallas Cowboys are now utilizing drones to help them film practice sessions from all angles.
Fox Sports quotes Head coach, Jason Garrett as saying the team implemented the strategy after a suggestion from SMU coach Chad Morris:
“We pride ourselves on coaching and teaching our players as well as we can and film has been a big part of our game for some time. 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.”
It also (likely) marks one of the few times people have actually been just fine with the use of drone technology (for now). The drones now make it so that coaches can figure out who exactly is screwing up on a given play.
All joking aside, the angles provide an extremely helpful view for coaches as, surprisingly, teams do not have the overhead cameras that swing from cables the major networks use when televising football. So who knows, maybe this is the beginning of a practice that will soon be utilized by other teams.
One thing’s for sure, however. Somewhere out there, Bill Belichick is murmuring to himself, “drones… if only I had used drones! Curses!!!”