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Complete Installation: Odd Robber Defense

2019-01-13 16:36:59

By Adam Hovorka with Rob Everett, Former Defensive Coordinator, Bridgewater College (VA) What started out as a game plan adjustment against flex bone option offenses (the corners support helped on the perimeter) has morphed into an every down defense for...

Creating 10 Play Package From NASCAR Tempo

2019-01-12 23:41:39

By Brandon Clay, Offensive Coordinator/OL Coach, Haltom High School (TX) Want to play faster next season? Here’s how one coaching staff simplified the process by creating a 10 play package from NASCAR tempo. See it here. By Brandon Clay Offensive...

The Off-Season Tipping Point - Rise of a Champion

2019-01-10 15:14:31

By X&O Labs Research Team How one coaching staff, who grew tired of early playoff exits, made an off-season change that played a crucial role in an undefeated state championship... How one coaching staff, who grew tired of early playoff exits, made...

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

2019-01-09 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...

Unbalanced Line Surfaces to Boost Your Run Game

2019-01-06 18:21:18

By Will Compton, Associate Head Coach, Conroe Oak Ridge High School (TX) What happens when you put your best three linemen on one side? One coaching staff tried it and found out. Read their report... By Will Compton Associate Head...

Evolvement of 20 Personnel “Key” RPO to Out-leverage Odd Defenses

2019-01-06 17:40:42

By Ken Vigdal, Offensive Coordinator, Brookings High School (SD) What used to be a post-snap RPO screen to the number two receiver has transitioned into getting a back out on the perimeter against a slower inside linebacker. By Ken Vigdal...

Creating a Fake Punt Menu from Rugby Alignments

2019-01-06 00:22:24

By Nick Smith and Clint Hodges, Defensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach, South Effingham High School (GA) Are you heading into next season without a great option at punter? If so, check out what these coaches did that changed their special teams...

Defending the Triple Option with the “Monster” Package

2019-01-04 14:53:29

By Steve Coburn, Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator, Wasatch High School (UT) Fact: 74 percent of coaches will need to defend the Triple Option offense at least once this season. By now, some of you may have faced this scheme already,...

Marrying Inside and Outside Zone Schemes

2018-12-31 09:49:00

By Chris Fisk, Offensive Line Coach, Southern Oregon University Chris Fisk, the offensive line coach at the University of Southern Oregon, details how he uses a man count system (the same used at Oregon) to block his inside zone scheme. By Chris...

Offensive Explosiveness with the R4 System

2018-12-30 20:21:00

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs Check out our in depth interview with NFA Coach and Jenks OC Dub Maddox. Find out how their R4 system is impacting programs across the country. By Mike Kuchar Senior Research Manager X&O Labs Insiders Members: Click here...

Defending the Option with the 4-2-5

2018-12-30 08:35:00

By Chris Kappelmeier, Defensive Coordinator, Sparta High School (NJ) Discover how a State Championship program from New Jersey has been able to shut down option offenses by following a few simple, but important rules. By Chris Kappelmeier Defensive Coordinator Sparta High School (NJ) Insiders Members:...

Effective Off-Season Player Meetings

2018-12-29 18:14:00

By X&O Labs Staff Why do a small group of high school football programs win multiple championships year after year? Our research staff at X&O Labs found the answer. They’ve discovered programs that win more local and state championships do things...

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 offensive coordinator at Rahway High School in New Jersey.  

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X&O Labs

A Research Company for Football Coaches

X&O Labs’ Insiders, an exclusive membership-based website, delivers you in-depth reports on the trends, schemes, strategies and drills that are proven to maximize offensive, defensive and special teams production.

Over 8,000 coaches from the NFL, college and high school levels use the Insiders (a membership-based website) every week to improve their programs – and their careers.

X&O Labs’ Insiders releases over 200 new clinic reports, research reports, drill reports and special reports every year. And these are not just any reports, either. The Insiders’ reports feature specific topics and dig deeper than the general overview you find in other coaching resources – and that includes coaching clinics.

Where other coaching resources tell you “what coaches do”, X&O Labs’ Insiders reports go further and tell you the “why” behind the concept. With each report, you’ll get specifics like detailed coaching points, alignments, reads, installation steps, downloads -- everything you need to increase the production of your offense, defense or special teams.

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