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Adam Hovorka

Adam Hovorka

Adam Hovorka

Managing Editor

X&O Labs

Adam Hovorka serves as Managing Editor at X&O Labs. Since joining the team in 2017, Adam has worked with over 80 coaches to write and publish their materials. Adam has written several clinic reports on the 4-2-5 defense and the multiple spread offense. In addition to his work at X&O Labs, Adam just finished up his first year as the DC at Plainedge High School in Massapequa NY, helping lead the squad to undefeated regular season and a County Championship. Prior to joining the coaching staff at his alma mater, Adam enjoyed 18 years coaching in the high school ranks as a Head Football Coach and defensive coordinator. Coach Hovorka's teams have been in nine championship games. Besides coaching, Adam is a Special Education and a Social Studies teacher. He lives in Babylon, NY with his wife of 12 years and his three children.

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The Bounce Post Technique to Defend QB Run, RPOs, and Modern Offenses

2019-03-15 14:01:28

By Woody Blevins, Special Teams Coordinator/Cornerbacks Coach, University of Northern Colorado In this exclusive clinic report, Coach Blevins explains the three level reads he uses to teach the bounce post as well as the drill work he uses to train...

The Frisco Quick Concept: A 57% Efficiency Rate

2019-03-15 13:46:16

Joel Mathews, Offensive Coordinator, Fort Osage High School (OH) Our passing game is based on the system developed by Dan Gonzalez and this concept is similar to the one he utilizes in his offense. We use a combination of a...

Stick and Boot Screen SPOs (Screen/Pass Options)

2019-03-15 13:06:27

By Rich Alercio, Head Football Coach/Athletic Director, St. Johnsbury High School (VT) Screen Pass Options (SPOs) provide your quarterback with a frontside pass option opposite the side of your screen. By Rich Alercio Head Football Coach/Athletic Director St. Johnsbury...

Coaching Apps: How Off-Season Planning Can Drive In-Season Results

2019-03-15 09:34:09

By X&O Labs Research Team In this report, we look at how top coaching apps and digital DFOs are helping coaches improve their programs during the off-season. By X&O Labs Research Team FOMO. The fear of missing out. It’s a real thing, and...

Handling "A-gap" Pressure in the Gap Scheme Run Game

2019-03-10 14:42:13

By Doug Taracuk, Offensive Line Coach, Capital University (OH) In this exclusive clinic report, Coach Taracuk details the blocking adjustments he uses to handle the various combinations of A gap pressures from multiple fronts. Read report. By Doug Taracuk Offensive...

Building in Variations of the Bash (Counter Read) Concept

2019-03-10 14:16:30

By Lou Chiccehitto, Offensive Coordinator/QBs, Liberty High School (VA) As the evolution of the Spread Offense continues, our staff has noticed teams stray away from the use of gap scheme in the run game. We’ve found, especially at the high...

Whole Part Whole Method to Teaching Pressure Patterns

2019-03-10 13:43:23

By Zach Cunningham, Defensive Coordinator, Del Sol High School (NV) Just like how offensive guys get “giddy” about new pass concepts and blocking schemes, us defensive guys get just as excited for blitz packages. No matter how exotic the blitz...

South Dakota State University’s 12 Personnel QB Generated RPO Package

2019-03-09 21:26:37

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs As the quarterback continues to be a focal point of an offenses’ run menus, it only becomes natural for defenses to find ways to reclaim the numbers game by committing more defenders...

12/21 Personnel OZ/Boot Package

2019-03-04 15:31:21

By Brandon Maguire & Trevor Wikre, Running Backs Coach & Offensive Line Coach, University of Northern Colorado One of the more advantageous things an offense can do to a defense is dictate movement. And there is nothing that creates more horizontal...

Mixing Quarters Technique for Rip/Liz Match Pressure Coverage

2019-03-04 15:22:03

By Steve Erxleben, Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator, Southern High School (MD) As a defensive staff, we feel being a heavy zone pressure team gives us an opportunity to dictate the game and concern ourselves more with what we are running versus...

Empty Run/Screen Package from Wing Alignments

2019-03-03 22:22:05

By Nick Gehrts, Head Coach, Westview High School (AZ) After taking over the program, I wanted to continue to run the wing t, but I also wanted to evolve the offense to be able to give us more options when...

Press Quarters Coverage

2019-03-02 15:26:00

By Andrew Strobel, Defensive Coordinator, Culver-Stockton College Find out of implementing Press Quarters cut Culver-Stockton's passing yards per game by 50 yards and improved their pass defensive effieciency by 22 points. By Andrew Strobel Defensive Coordinator Culver-Stockton College Insiders Members: Click here to log in and read the full length...

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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