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"40" Personnel Package for Red Zone Offense

By Chris Cutcliffe, Head Coach, Oxford High School (MS)
With Noah Riley, X&O Labs Contributing Writer

We all know that as the field condenses, it becomes more and more difficult to move the football against a great defense; therefore, great preparation and practice in this area of the...


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Drilling the Guard to Near Back Read Progression for ILBs

By Spencer Leno, Inside Linebackers Coach, Massillon Washington High School (OH)

While block destruction, tackling, footwork, and pass defense are all important aspects of playing ILB, our players really take pride in reading their keys and then reacting to the football.


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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 setting your players up for failure. And...


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7 Drills to Teach Proper Pursuit Angles

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs

All great defensive coaches teach effort. But how to teach effort continually needs to be addressed. Maxims like “run to the ball,” or “get there quicker” are being quickly replaced with refined coaching points on how to take the correct angles...


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"40" Personnel Package for Red Zone Offense

2018-07-16 11:08:46

By Chris Cutcliffe, Head Coach, Oxford High School (MS) With Noah Riley, X&O Labs Contributing Writer We all know that as the field condenses, it becomes more and more difficult to move the football against a great defense; therefore, great preparation...

Drilling the Guard to Near Back Read Progression for ILBs

2018-07-16 10:40:46

By Spencer Leno, Inside Linebackers Coach, Massillon Washington High School (OH) While block destruction, tackling, footwork, and pass defense are all important aspects of playing ILB, our players really take pride in reading their keys and then reacting to the football. By...

7 Every Day Drills to Teach Ball Security

2018-07-15 14:12:00

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...

7 Drills to Teach Proper Pursuit Angles

2018-07-15 10:07:00

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs All great defensive coaches teach effort. But how to teach effort continually needs to be addressed. Maxims like “run to the ball,” or “get there quicker” are being quickly replaced with refined coaching...

Game Planning the Red Zone

2018-07-08 17:40:46

By Lazarus Morgan, Defensive Coordinator, Alfred University (NY) With Adam Hovorka, X&O Labs Managing Editor In 2017, Alfred University (NY) gave up a TD roughly 43% of the time an offense would get in the red zone; an improvement of nearly...

50 + Drills to Improve QB Pocket Presence

2018-07-07 16:04:00

By Sam Nichols, Managing Editor, X&O Labs Sure, your QB may be delivering the ball on time and with accuracy in those 7 on 7 drills this month, but we all know football is not played that way once the season...

Defensive Line Run Destruction

2018-07-07 14:24:00

By Clay Iverson, Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator, Mukwonago High School (WI) Coach Iverson provides and in-depth look at how he turns his D linemen into destructive run stoppers through drill and technique. By Clay Iverson Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Mukwonago High School, Mukwonago WI Insiders Members: Click here to...

North Dakota University Competitive Tackling Scenarios

2018-07-07 00:20:12

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs The following research was conducted as part of X&O Labs special report on “Designing Tackling Systems.” Get this sneak peak into the special report here... By Mike KucharSenior Research ManagerX&O LabsTwitter: @MikekKuchar Introduction The following research...

The 11 Most Effective Open Field Tackle Drills

2018-07-01 14:02:56

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs Research shows that 32 percent of open field tackles are missed. It’s the highest missed tackle rate among all types of potential tackles and we found the deficiencies fall into three main problem...

Game Planning: Scripting to Play Fast

2018-07-01 14:00:18

By Alan Stanfield Offensive Coordinator, Whitworth University (WA) Discover how your practice planning can greatly increase the speed and efficiency at which your team is able to play. By Alan StanfieldOffensive CoordinatorWhitworth University (WA)Twitter: @coachstanfield5 Insiders Members: Login here to access the full-length...

RPO: 9 Drills to Train the QB’s Eyes

2018-07-01 13:59:00

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs The success of the RPO game falls upon the decision making of your quarterback. Last January, we published our special report The RPO Study and we had numerous request from coaches on how...

6 Drills to Teach Triple Option Mesh Mechanics

2018-06-24 16:40:46

By Greg Webster, Offensive Coordinator, Springfield College (MA) To effectively run the inside veer, we must drill individual and team techniques numerous times. By Greg Webster Offensive Coordinator Springfield College (MA) Twitter: @coachgregweb Insiders Members: Login here to access the full-length...

 

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