Using The “Dent” Technique to Eliminate Vertical Seams in Gap Runs
By Alex Smith, Defensive Coordinator, Spring Lake High School (MI)
The Dent technique is violently ripping your outside shoulder through the inside pec of the trapper, redirecting your shoulders vertically, and trying to make the tackle on the ball carrier.
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...
7 Every Day Drills to Teach Ball Security
By James Guest, Running Back Coach, University of Virginia – Wise
We’ll go ahead and state the obvious: turnovers win and lose games any level, period. So, as an offensive coach if you’re not devoting time to teach ball security, you’re...
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...
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”...