Teaching OL Physicality in an Up-Tempo Offense
By Adam Kirby, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach, Sulphur High School (LA)
In operating out of an up-tempo system, the toughest aspect that I’ve found to monitor daily is being fundamentally and technically sound. I think the common knock on up-tempo...
Training the Eyes and Hands of Defenders to Promote Takeaways
By Anthony Kerr, Defensive Coordinator, Black Hills State University (SD)
The premise of creating more takeaways begins with the commitment to do so. Black Hills State University made that choice three seasons ago and since has averaged 2.5 takeaways per...
8 Closed Space Tackle Drills
By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs
Tackle situations are either made in open space or closed space. As we reported last week, while tackling in the open field continues can be issue of defensive concern, tackling in closed spaces...
The Outside Linebacker Training Manual in the 3-4
By David Pitman, Defensive Coordinator, Sachem North High School (NY)
The beauty of the 3-4 is we can manipulate who the force player is by changing the coverage call, while not changing the alignments or assignments for the box players.
Pre-Snap and Post-Snap RPO Drill Work For QB’s
By Josh Lindke, Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterback’s Coach, Toledo Central Catholic High School (OH)
When you are looking to improve your RPO game, the first area that you may want to look at above the scheme, defenders you want to conflict...
Creating a Stem System for DL to Disrupt Blocking Schemes
By Jordan Fast, Defensive Coordinator, Sioux Valley High School (SD)
Organized stems at the line of scrimmage place blockers in conflict, create negative plays and forces offensive lines to have sound blocking rules.
By Jordan Fast Defensive Coordinator Sioux...
Using Pullers in the RPO Game
By Phil Hamilton, Offensive Coordinator, Saint Vincent College (PA)
Defenses have slowly but surely adapted to the “RPO” world we currently play in. Having the ability to continually keep a defense on their toes is always at the forefront of...
Bracketing the X in Trips Formations
By Ty Gower, Defensive Coordinator, Norman North High School (OK)
The free access throw to the X in 3x1 formations continues to be a staple in most offensive coordinators’ menu, particularly against two-high safety structures. So it becomes more of a...
4 Essentials For Proper Strike Points in Block Destruction
By Dan Owen, Former Defensive Coordinator/Special Teams Coordinator, Keiser University (FL)
Your hands are your weapons in football, and you must be willing to use them. When we talk about using your hands here at Keiser, we call it “Striking”...
The “Gung Ho” Kickoff Scheme
By William Lund, Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach, Roosevelt University (IL)
Gung Ho is a Chinese phrase that translates to “working together or working in harmony.” Kickoff operates in the same way with 11 players working together to...
Using Read Families to Train QB Progressions
By Jeff DiSandro, Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach, Bishop Kenny High School (FL)
The more the quarterback is able to conceptualize routes, the more efficient he will be as a passer.
By Jeff DiSandro Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach...
Split Mid-Zone with Formation and Motion Variations
By Adam Hovorka, X&O Labs Managing Editor, with Jason Eck, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach, South Dakota State University
In order to run the ball effectively in the highly competitive Missouri Valley Conference, where four of the top 10 defense units...