Defending Mobile Quarterbacks with the “Cage” Concept
By Holden Whitehead, Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach, Alfred University (NY)
The Cage works to give each player in our scheme a job to execute beyond just owning their gap. We utilize our cage in four-man, five-man, and six-man rushes.
Horizontal Reads off Tight Zone Runs
By Braden Layer, Offensive Coordinator/QB coach, Bowdoin College (ME)
We found that by devoting a handful of plays each game to the jet action with the original goal of challenging the perimeter, we were in turn able to dramatically influence...
Adapting the Shuffle Reach on the Backside of Zone and Gap Runs
By Mike Kuchar, Co-Founder/Senior Research Manager X&O Labs, OL Coach/Run Game Coordinator, Rahway High School (NJ)
For most young players, a shuffle technique is a common movement. It’s something even non-basketball players have done before.
By Mike Kuchar Co-Founder/Senior Research...
The Pistol Triple Option and PAP Package with Duo Blocking
By Eric Davis, Head Football Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Mankato East High School (MN)
The Triple Option is one of the most prolific rushing attacks ever invented and when combined with elements of the modern passing game, it provides an effective method...
Bracket Coverage Concepts From 3-High Safety Structures
By Jacob Gill, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties, Shiloh Christian School (AR)
At the tail end of our 2019 season, three-high safety defense became our base vs. 10 personnel and Bracket was our answer against our opponents’ best receiving threat.
By Jacob Gill...
A/B Gap Divide Runs vs. Odd and Bear Fronts
By Mike Kuchar with Brian Gabriel, Run Game Coordinator/OL Coach, Monmouth University (NJ)
When New England Patriots FB James Develin trapped Rams Nose Nadomincan Suh for a 13-yard gain to open the Super Bowl, it wasn't just a tempo setter...
Using The Lag Technique to Slow Down Wide Zone Runs
By Joseph M. Purvis, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, Franklin Parish High School (LA)
At Franklin Parish High School (LA), defensive coordinator Joseph Purvis uses the lag fundamental as an alternative for undersized 4i technique defenders that may not be capable of...
QB Power/Flare RPO
By Virgil Romer, Offensive Coordinator, Shoreham-Wading River High School (NY)
In this concept, the QB makes a pre-snap read of the play side-support defender (or any other adjuster) and either throw the flare or keep the QB power. This added...
Using “Sticky” Alignment Techniques to Defend Gap Schemes
By George Karafantis, X&O Labs Board of Advisors
We base out of an even front with our DL playing “sticky” to the OL. This sticky alignment helps our front four use their hands against an offensive lineman who cannot work...
Installing the Choice Package in the Pass Game
By Jim Glover, Offensive Coordinator, Centennial High School (TN)
In the Run and Shoot one of the first things we try to establish is the threat of the QB rolling and throwing to the field. At the high school level,...
Multiple Pressure Concepts from Double A Gap Front
By Adam Gaylor, Defensive Coordinator, Jenks High School (OK)
The Double A Gap (or Mug) front is a favorite on third and long situation because it gives the offense the illusion of max pressure yet gives the defense the flexibility...