The Detroit Lions are getting back to the swing of things on the practice fields during the OTA sessions, and with the media allowed to stop by and take a look, it quickly became clear that there's been a little bit of redecorating around Allen Park with Matt Patricia at the helm. Forever, the Lions fields have been the same with generic scoreboards, but now, the Lions have gotten on the cutting edge and added a television screen to allow them to get a quick look at plays and make adjustments on the fly.
One of the best linebackers in NFL history made a surprise visit to Detroit Lions minicamp Thursday, but Mike Singletary wasn't really there for the football.
Singletary, who's presently coaching high school football in suburban Dallas and will take over as coach of the to-be-named Memphis franchise in the new Alliance of American Football next year, stopped by the Lions' Allen Park practice facility Thursday to check out the new video board at the team's outdoor practice field.
One of Matt Patricia's many stamps on Lions practices comes in a pixelated display hanging next to the scoreboard in Allen Park. It's a jumbotron that allows coaches to watch plays from another angle as they happen, and it's something he's hoping can elevate the way Detroit runs practices.
Its effect remains to be seen, but it did attract one Hall-of-Famer on Thursday. Mike Singletary was the day's guest, there to check out the technology a much younger first-time head coach was implementing into his practices.
One sight that is missing at Buccaneers Training Camp this year are the hydraulic lifts that have hovered 50 feet above the practice fields for decades. They've been replaced with hi-tech "eyes in the sky.”
The coach's master-cams are now run from the ground, removing team photographers from their precarious platforms.
Meet Lyyve Coach: The two trailer-mounted 12' x 7' outdoor rated LED boards give Florida's coaching staff an immediate look at what just happened on the field after a drill or play. Manufactured by 8K Solutions in Titusville, Fla., the Lyvve Coach boards are lightweight enough to be pushed anywhere on the field by hand, or towed behind a golf cart.
Twenty-four NFL teams and 18 teams from the college power-five conferences have switched from the traditional manned scissor lifts to the new mobile “mast cams.” Rated for 55 miles per hour winds, the MastRcam operator sits at a console with a pan zoom tilt control to shoot practices.
The Chiefs are using new practice cameras this season that don’t require a traditional manned lift - “They’re called mastRcam mobiles,” said Pat Brazil, the Chiefs’ Director of Video Operations. “Basically, they’re similar to a boat trailer with a moulded canopy and Bimini on top, with a 55-foot tall telescoping mast that’s rated for 50 miles per hour."
...the Dolphins cooked up the idea in the spring, got together with 8K Solutions, a sports technology firm based in Titusville, and have been pleased with the early returns.
...thanks to new technology made by 8K Solutions out of Titusville, Florida, Hobbs can monitor practice on three mast cams using robotic cameras and joysticks from the comfort of his control panel.
8K Solutions attended the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl, showcasing how the mastRcam is changing practice and introducing new products, including Lyvve Coach. Bob White was interviewed by the "Late Hits" radio show and shared more information about how teams are putting this technology to use. Listen to the clip below: