Instant replay - at practice?

Mike Clemens
June 19, 2019 - 3:58 pm

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Green Bay, WI - One of the more interesting innovations to pop up during the NFL's mini camps this spring was the use of giant TV screens on the practice field. 

It's one of those ideas that make you say "Now why didn't we think of that?"

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase had a giant mobile TV screen rolled out during their mini camp practices so players could watch video replay of a play they had just run.

Gase says it's an idea spreading around the country in college football. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

He's right.

Penn State rolled out a huge mobile TV screen during their spring football practices. So did several other universities. 

It only makes sense. 

Why wait two hours after practice to review a play from your 11 on 11 team drills, when you can see what happened on the play as you walk back to the huddle?

We know when a play is under review during a game, all eyes of the players and coaches are watching the video replay on the scoreboard. 

Heck, we've even seen ball carriers look up at the Jumbotron as they dash for the goal line, just to see if anybody is close to catching up with them. 

Now technically teams in the NFL have already have used video when they've practiced inside their stadiums, like the Packers on Family Night inside Lambeau Field. Or Bears Night inside Soldier Field. 

I'm guessing it won't be long before Green Bay's CEO/President Mark Murphy will be adding a "giant mobile video screen" to his shopping cart list soon, as I would guess all NFL teams will copy this idea around the league in the coming weeks. 

I would think the coaches would consider it an excellent teaching tool during practice, making corrections, or heaping praise, on the spot.