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Wyoming A Gap Power Concept

2018-01-13 14:32:57

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs While most programs preach an A gap power concept, the University of Wyoming practices it. And it does so by teaching horizontal double teams at the point of attack, bump techniques for the...

Sprint Out Game in the Run and Shoot Offense

2018-01-13 11:53:10

By Justin Clark, Offensive Coordinator, Ridgeview High School (SC) Some passing concepts are just "straight to the playbook" type of concepts. This is one of those. See how Coach Clark picks on defenses with this sprint out concept. Read the...

Defending Trips and Quads Out of 4-2-5

2018-01-13 09:01:40

By Garrett Schmidt, Defensive Coordinator/DBs Coach, Huron High School (SD) Find out how Coach Schmidt and his staff have been able to cover up trips and quads without taking Mike and Will out of the box. Read the report... By Garrett SchmidtDefensive...

Managing Off-Season Communications and Scheduling

2018-01-13 06:13:57

By X&O Labs Find out how Coach Schmidt and his staff have been able to cover up trips and quads without taking Mike and Will out of the box. Read the report... By X&O Labs Twitter: @XandOLabs Over the past couple of years we’ve highlighted...

Three-Level Sail Concept: New Trends Create a High-Low Stretch on the Flat Defender

2018-01-12 14:56:00

By Lee K. I. Boyd, Wide Receivers Coach, Saint Louis High School (HI) While the Sail has been ingrained in the run and shoot offensive system since the days of Mouse Davis, now this three-level flood concept is being tweaked to...

21 Personnel RPO Package

2018-01-08 16:30:24

By Brent Dearmon, Head Football Coach, Bethel University (TN) Last season at Arkansas Tech University, offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon called an RPO on 35% of snaps. And while the Wonder Boys averaged 225 yards rushing and 210 yards passing per game,...

Defending RPOs with Split Coverage Out of the 3-4

2018-01-08 16:09:38

By Isaac Sturgis, Defensive Coordinator/Linebacker Coach, Guerin Catholic High School (IN) See how Coach Sturgis combats RPOs from our slant angle 3-4 using split coverages. Read the report... By Isaac Sturgis Defensive Coordinator and Linebacker Coach Guerin Catholic High School (IN)...

A Seasonal Plan for Off-Season Training

2018-01-08 12:57:44

By Noel Piepgrass, Assistant Coach, Exeter High School (CA) As sad as it can be to have your hopes of a championship season end in disappointment, the start of the off-season brings with it a new-found optimism for the season...

3x1 Counter Trey/Glance RPO

2018-01-08 08:26:00

By Nick Coleman, Offensive Coordinator, Itawamba Community College (MS) Like most two-high defensive structures, the boundary safety is asked to play both an exterior gap in the run game and a vertical threat in the pass game. It makes him extremely...

Ferris State Power Read/Jet Read Concepts

2018-01-01 13:33:00

By Dan Rohn (QB Coach/Run Game Coordinator), Steve Annese (Slot WR Coach), and Sam Parker (OL Coach) - Ferris State University (MI) Ferris State continues their offensive explosion year after year and much of its success is credited to its 10...

Lateral Stretch & Swing RPO Concepts

2018-01-01 12:55:00

By Jordan Neal, Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach, Hendrix College (AR) Hendrix College’s (AR) entire offensive philosophy is to stretch the field laterally, not vertically, and it has done so using RB swing and stretch RPOs from 10/11 personnel groupings. Because of these...

Bracket Coverage: A 2-High Answer for RPOs and Gun Runs

2018-01-01 11:41:00

By Woody Blevins, Safeties Coach, University of Northern Colorado, While some coaches have made the full transition to defending post-snap RPOs with man coverage, the defensive staff at Northern Colorado has bought into using bracket coverage structures to defend 10 and...

Sam Nichols

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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

X&O Labs

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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