By Andrew Porter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) â€” Typically, Chip Kelly has been the football coach starting new trends and techniques in the NFL. This time, however, itâ€™s Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys.
Garrett, heading into his fifth season as Cowboys head coach, has begun using drones to film practices. He got the new-aged idea from SMU football coach Chad Morris.
â€œWe pride ourselves on coaching and teaching our players as well as we can and film has been a big part of the game for a long time,â€ Garrett said via ESPN.com. â€œTypically you have an end zone shot and a sideline shot. We use a lot of hand-held cameras on the ground. â€¦ 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.â€
More specifically, Garrett explained that the drones give the Cowboys a closer look at the all-22 shot.
â€œItâ€™s interesting because it gives you the chance from behind to see all 11 guys on offense and all 11 guys on defense but from a closer angle,â€ Garrett said. â€œOftentimes you have to kind of pull yourself away to get the all-22 shot. This allows you to get a little closer so you can coach better. You can see hand placement. You see where they have their feet, where they have their eyes. I think thatâ€™s important. You can look at that and coach them better being that much closer to the action.â€
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