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Pairing Cover 0 Pressures with Stick Coverage to Win 3rd Down

2019-02-17 17:08:22

By Pete DeWeese (X&O Labs), Featuring Mike Fox, Defensive Coordinator, College of Brockport (NY) In this exclusive clinic report, Coach Fox details his Cover 0 “Sticks” pressure package which he combined with catch technique coverage to protect defensive backs with...

The Complete Unbalanced Run/PAP Menu

2019-02-17 16:54:50

By David Buchanan, Head Coach, Mercer County Senior High School (KY) By David Buchanan Head Coach Mercer County Senior High School (KY) Twitter: @ChiefSmoke10 Insiders Members: Login here to access the full-length version of this report. Unbalanced lines have been...

Defending Hot Reads and RPOs from a Cover 2 Structure

2019-02-16 22:33:04

By Mike Harrison (Athletic Director/Head Football Coach) and Roy Salas (Assistant Athletic Director/Secondary Coach), Holy Cross High School (TX) At Holy Cross, they believe in a gap control odd front with a cover 2 shell as their base defense. This...

Compliment the Veer with Power

2019-02-16 03:13:20

By Rob “Tog” Paschall, Offensive Coordinator, Carrolton Creekview High School (TX) Find out how Coach Paschall and his staff have meshed the Veer with Power and Zone schemes to develop a potent running attack. By Rob “Tog” Paschall Offensive Coordinator Carrolton Creekview...

Weak Side Overload Fire Zone in the 4-2-5 Defense

2019-02-10 21:38:17

By Ed Raby, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties, SUNY Morrisville (NY) In this report, Coach Raby reveals his weak side overload fire zone pressure that he runs out of his base 4-2-5 defense called “Waco.” Waco comes from the boundary using our boundary...

Balancing Consistency and Culture as a Newly Hired Coordinator

2019-02-10 20:19:11

By Justin Roper (with Mike Kuchar), Quarterbacks Coach, University of Northern Iowa Justin Roper had big shoes to fill when he first arrived at Slippery Rock University in 2016, the “Rock” was coming off a year where it averaged 45...

A Systematic Approach to the Psycho/Amoeba Defense

2019-02-09 18:29:00

By Micah Adams, Defensive Coordinator, Waukesha South High School Looking for a way to keep offenses guessing and slow down their pace? This 0 down or 1 down scheme might be just the trick you need. By Micah AdamsDefensive CoordinatorWaukesha South High...

Double Duty for the Double Screen (Drill)

2019-02-09 17:13:46

By Ray Butler, Head Football Coach, Boston Latin School With governing bodies reducing practice time, one coach found a unique way to combine both conditioning and his Double Screen. See what he did... By Ray Butler Head Football Coach...

11/20 Personnel Unbalanced Gap Schemes

2019-02-01 23:34:33

By Scott Girolmo, Head Football Coach, Battlefield High School (VA) Born out of creative necessity, the use of the unbalanced 5-man surface does two things: helps to maximize the stronger personnel within the OL and two helps protect weaker personnel...

Defending 2 Back Runs and Heavy Formations from the 3-4

2019-02-01 22:36:32

By Lawson Green, Defensive Coordinator, Oak Grove High School (LA) Coach Green details how he has adapted his defense over the years to stop the spread attach. By Lawson Green Defensive Coordinator Oak Grove High School (LA) Twitter: @lawson_green45 Insiders Members: Login here...

Attaining the 21% Roster Increase: 14 Methods in Recruiting and Retaining Players

2019-02-01 18:08:44

By Jeremy Plaa, Head Football Coach, Thomas Downey High School (CA) How one coach re-built his program from the top down to fix the core problems of low numbers and poor buy-in. See the remarkable turnaround... By Jeremy Plaa Head...

Dave Aranda: Implementing the Simulated Pressure System

2019-02-01 17:35:09

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs This new pressure system is the brainchild of LSU Defensive Coordinator Dave Aranda and it’s helped propel him to one of the most sought-after minds in college football. By Mike Kuchar Senior Research...

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Sam Nichols

Managing Editor

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Sam Nichols serves as Managing Editor at X&O Labs.  Since joining the team in 2012, Nichols has worked with over 100 coaches to write and publish their materials.  He is the author of the popular No Huddle Research Report that was released in March 2013.  In addition to his work at X&O Labs, Sam is entering his third year as wide receivers coach at Hope College in Holland, MI.  Prior to joining the coaching staff at his alma mater, Sam enjoyed 10 years coaching in the high school ranks leading multiple teams to playoff appearances and coaching players like current Washington Redskin Kirk Cousins.  Sam had a variety of writing and publishing experiences before he joined the X&O Labs team.  Since 2006, he has published 8 articles in various football coaching journals, is featured in an instructional coaching DVD series, wrote a best-selling no huddle manual, and published a instructional book on running great youth football camps.

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Mike Kuchar


Mike Kuchar

Senior Research Manager

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Mike Kuchar serves as co-founder and Senior Research Manager of X&O Labs. Kuchar has spent the last 15 years of his writing career researching and reporting on the newest trends and innovations in the game. His work has been featured in various national publications including ESPN Magazine, USA Today, and CBSports.com as well as coaching trade publications. Since starting X&O Labs, Kuchar has authored several special reports including the Zone Read Study, the Quarters Coverage Study and the 4-2-5 Defense Study.  Aside from his journalistic pursuits, Kuchar has been a coach for 14 years, both at the high school and college level as a head coach and a defensive coordinator. Currently he is the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Rahway High School in New Jersey.  

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