Jameis And Virtual Reality

August 2nd, 2015

virtual realityRecently, a lot was made of the fact the Bucs went out and got a virtual reality system to aid in the development of “America’s Quarterback,” Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston.

Maybe because it was the dead period of the NFL, maybe because people are fascinated with shiny new technology, but the coverage of the event seemed akin to the reinvention of the wheel.

Yesterday, when Jameis spoke to the Tampa Bay pen and mic club at One Buc Palace, Joe asked Jameis about the celebrated gizmo. He seemed to downplay the significance.

“Well, I’m a very visual learner, and I use it some,” Jameis said. “But I haven’t used it that much. It’s a great thing, especially for right now.”

Joe guesses what Jameis was implying was that it was a nice tool when you aren’t playing underwear football or scrimmaging against Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David and Johnthan Banks, and the rest of the first team defense.

In other words, as good as technology may be, it still can’t replace good ol’ fashioned scrimmages and game action.

7 Responses to “Jameis And Virtual Reality”

  1. Dick2111 Says:

    I suspect that the technology as it relates to the NFL is still in its infant stage. Only so many hours in a day to meet and study and train and exercise. My guess is that once it gets refined over time that QBs (and others) will use it more and more.

    Out of curiosity, wonder if they experimented with marrying what the QB really sees, say obtained via a miniaturized GoPro camera on the QBs helmet, with the virtual reality technology they’re now using. Film taken from the sidelines or from overhead is one thing, but I’d think that video taken from the view of the QB would be even more beneficial.

  2. Atlbuc28 Says:

    Dick2111… The competing company out of Stanford U is at the leading front of that angle… Dallas Cowboys are using them… $$$$$$$ you get what you pay for..

  3. Stanglassman Says:

    Schiano use to use a Go-pro on the Qbs. I thought this was from a 1st person perceptive from how it’s described but I can’t find any video demonstrations.

  4. Stanglassman Says:

    I hope the Bucs picked the right one. Stafford’s (STRIVR) seems ahead Tect wise but more expensive. Good article comparing the two.



  5. Atlbuc28 Says:

    Our version is more like a video game… easier to use and less human man hours envolved.. and very much driven to help keep cost down for youth football … I believe this could be to help bring the tech to market. Stanford virtual reality program is top notch, using multiple go-pros from qb angle.. Dilfer and Trent Edwards have some envolvement along with Stanfords HC investing some big money…

  6. Atlbuc28 Says:

    Stanglassman! good find, I was trying to remember where I read about it..

  7. Dick2111 Says:

    Stanglassman … thanks for the links. Sounds like STRIVR is a more realistic system, but not as time-sensitive because of the filming requirements. Also sounds like it’s a lot more expensive.

    As Atlbuc28 said though ‘You get what you pay for.’