Training Overhang Defenders to Diagnose and React vs. Run and Pass
By Mark Theophel, Defensive Coordinator, Hartwick College (NY)
The RPO game has made it even more difficult for overhang defenders to accurately diagnose, then fit, their responsibilities vs. run and pass respectively. So, defensive coordinators must do all they can...
What Every Coach Needs to Know About Long Snapping
By Christopher Tomlinson, Tight Ends and Special Teams Coach, Franklin High School (TN)
A long snapper should most definitely be "made" in the off season. This report discusses the very basics of long snapping. During the spring and summer months, use...
50 + Drills to Improve QB Pocket Presence
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...
Campbell University’s Press Technique Drills
By Bryan Butterworth, Defensive Backs Coach / Defensive Pass Game Coordinator, Campbell University (NC)
As a 48% Cover 1/Cover 0 outfit, Campbell University’s defense prides itself on teaching man technique. The Fighting Camels rode its man coverage philosophy to a...
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...
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...
Mirror Blocking Progression for Wide Receivers
By Dan Shula, Wide Receivers Coach, Florida Atlantic University
78 percent of Florida Atlantic University’s offensive drives last season contained at least one explosive play—a run/pass over 20 yards. On 67 percent of those plays, a wide receiver made a key...
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...
IZ Leverage Drills for 1st/2nd Level Blocking
By Mike Fossum, Offensive Line Coach, Wisconsin Lutheran College
Like most small schools, D3 Wisconsin Lutheran College struggles with having consistently bigger offensive linemen. So they’ve adjusted their inside zone schemes to fit their spread offensive personnel by widening the...
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...