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Hardball and Solo Coverage to Defend RPOs

2017-11-20 23:45:00

By Jerrod Sparling, Head Football Coach, River Valley High School (OH) For the last two seasons at River Valley High School (OH), head coach Jerrod Sparling has been using 3 Cloud Coverage against 3x1 and 3x2 formation RPOs. It not only...

Methodologies in Building Formation Packages

2017-11-20 18:25:00

By Adam Hovorka, Head Coach, Schreiber High School (NY), X&O Labs Contributing Writer Games are won on match-ups, match-ups are created by leverage and leverage is created by formations. How offensive coordinators design their formation packages can not only accentuate top...

RPO Concepts to Manipulate Squat Corners

2017-11-20 16:14:00

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs The following research was conducted as part of XandOLabs.com special report on “Designing RPO Systems,” and covers how Joe Osovet, now at ASA, manipulates corners with RPOs. By Mike KucharSenior Research ManagerX&O LabsTwitter: @MikekKuchar Introduction...

RPO Concepts to Manipulate Squat Corners

2017-11-20 16:14:00

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs The following research was conducted as part of XandOLabs.com special report on “Designing RPO Systems,” and covers how Joe Osovet, now at ASA, manipulates corners with RPOs. By Mike KucharSenior Research ManagerX&O LabsTwitter: @MikekKuchar Introduction...

Pre-Snap Hitch Controls in the Run Game

2017-11-20 15:15:00

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs See how 3 coaches are using hitch controls in their run game to attack defenses. Read the report here... By Mike KucharSenior Research ManagerX&O LabsTwitter: @MikeKKuchar Introduction: The following research was conducted as part of...

“Locked Route” Passing Concept

2017-11-12 20:01:03

By Brian Grady, Head Football Coach, Fair Haven Union High School (VT) See how Coach Grady used his formations to create a variety of route combinations. Read the report... By Brian GradyHead Football CoachFair Haven Union High School (VT) Insiders Members: Login here to...

Using Man Pressures to Defend Quick RPOs

2017-11-12 19:29:59

By Rob Busmente, Head Coach, Sterling High School (CO) While Sterling High School (CO) is a predominantly fire zone pressure team, Head Coach Rob Busmente needed to find a better way to combat the quick throw RPO game that is infiltrating...

Pattern Match Coverages to Defend 2x2 and 3x1

2017-11-12 00:41:00

By Alex Place, Defensive Coordinator, Dublin Scioto (OH) See how Coach Place adjusted his 4-2-5 to a 4-3 in order to create more problems for QBs with his pattern match concepts. Read it here... By Alex PlaceDefensive CoordinatorDublin Scioto (OH)Twitter: @dmsmrplace Insiders Members: Login...

Protecting Two-Back Runs with Flood and Naked PAPs

2017-11-11 19:05:00

By Ryan Turnage, Head Football Coach, Lee-Davis High School (VA) See how Coach Turnage puts run defender in binds with his play action concepts from 20 personnel. Read the report... By Ryan Turnage Head Football Coach Lee-Davis High School (VA) Twitter:...

Trap and Cloud Coverages to Defend Trips

2017-11-06 02:17:47

By Erik Speakman, Defensive Coordinator, Opelika High School (AL) At Alabama prep powerhouse Opelika High School, Defensive Coordinator Erik Speakman is starting to see more perimeter run game to the away side of his split field coverage concepts, which stresses his...

Mid-Season Wrinkles for Tempo Inside Zone RPOs

2017-11-06 01:56:07

By James C. Gower, Offensive Line Coach, Tomball Memorial High School (TX) Linebackers are too good and well coached these days to give them the same look every time. See how Coach Gower is changing up the picture for the...

4-3 Blitz Checks to Attack Protections

2017-11-04 17:05:00

By Adam Hovorka, Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator, Schreiber High School (NY) See how Coach Hovorka has simmplified and molded his blitz checks to attack protections with his 4-3 defense.. Read the report... By Adam Hovorka Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Schreiber High School (NY)...

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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 defensive coordinator at New Providence High School in New Jersey.  

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