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Teaching Leverage and Strike Points to WRs for Perimeter Blocking

2017-06-19 20:12:39

By Kenneth Tinsley, Wide Receivers Coach, Morrisville State College (NY) Morrisville State College (NY) is one of those programs which still enforces blocking technique for wide receivers on the perimeter and it does so by teaching them to understand four distinct...

Offensive and Defensive Pre-Season Installation Models

2017-06-19 19:21:47

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs With the pre-season rapidly approaching, high school coaches are now designing their installation schedules for summer camp. Finding a way to delegate an entire offensive menu into segments can be a challenging operation,...

Understanding Levels to Defend Stacks/Bunches in Man Coverage

2017-06-19 19:12:32

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs The following research was conducted as part of X&O Labs special report on “Man Coverage vs. RPOs,” which can be accessed in our exclusive membership website, Insiders. By Mike KucharSenior Research ManagerX&O LabsTwitter: @MikeKKuchar Introduction The...

Multiple Variations on Red Zone Power Pass

2017-06-18 23:52:00

By Cameron Keller, Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator, Winona State University (MN) Over the past season, Winona State ran some form of this concept 22 times inside the 30 yard line. Of those 22 snaps, they completed 17 of those...

Campbell University’s Press Technique Drills

2017-06-12 12:47:35

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...

Three Tags in the Four Vertical Concept

2017-06-12 12:24:42

By Eric Struck, Wide Receivers Coach/Passing Game Coordinator, Washington High School (SD) Four verticals concepts are extremely dangerous in the right situations. Coach Struck has found ways to adapt his 4 verts concept so that the situation is ALWAYS right. Read...

North Dakota University Competitive Tackling Scenarios

2017-06-12 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...

WIN Slant/Fin Lock RPO

2017-06-11 14:15:00

By Cole Kristynik, Offensive Coordinator, Cypress Springs High School (TX) After tinkering with the traditional 3x1 RPO concepts such as stick, bubble and glance, Cypress Springs High School (TX) offensive coordinator Cole Kristynik decided to make a commitment to his most...

RPO Drills to Help Train Your Quarterback’s Eyes, Rhythm, and Delivery

2017-06-05 20:38:28

By Stephen Wasil, Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers Coach, Albion College (MI) The post-snap RPO game places a significant amount of stress on the quarterback to make the right post-snap read. Even if your system is just dabbling with post-snap RPO concepts,...

Tao of Kickoff: 4 Drills to Improve Your Coverage

2017-06-05 19:55:44

By Coach William Lund, Special Teams Coordinator and Linebackers Coach, Saginaw Valley State University See how Saginaw Valley State rebuilt their Kickoff Team under the instruction of Coach Lund using these 4 simple drills. Read the report. By Coach William Lund Special...

Teaching Same Side Footwork For RBs in Gap Runs

2017-06-05 16:50:11

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs Check out this sneak peak inside our Spread Gap Schemes special report. Read the report. By Mike KucharSenior Research ManagerX&O LabsTwitter: @MikekKuchar Editor’s Note: The following research was conducted as part of X&O Labs special report...

“Steal” Coverage Concepts to Defend Trips

2017-06-04 17:41:00

By Mike Giancola, ST Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach, Westfield High School (VA) While some coaches use zone terminology such as flat, hook/curl, short hole, deep third and deep hole to defend trips formations, the staff at prep powerhouse Westfield High School (VA)...

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Sam Nichols

Managing Editor

X&O Labs

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 defensive coordinator at New Providence High School in New Jersey.  

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