“Box and Triangle” Coverage Tags to Weak Side of 4-2-5
By Zach Watkins, Defensive Coordinator/Secondary, Washburn University (KS)
Many offenses get into 3x1 sets to isolate their best WR on the backside, usually being singled up vs. the boundary CB. Using quarters coverage and our away side "tags", we have...
Using “On” and “Off” Calls to Defend Option in Odd Fronts
By Isaac Sturgis, Defensive Coordinator and Inside Linebacker Coach, Guerin Catholic High School (IN)
The On/Off look helps you dictate to the offense what look you give them. It also keeps it simple for the kids to know and execute.
Inside Zone: 17 Solutions to Increase Production
By Justin Iske, Offensive Line Coach, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
See how Coach Iske details the seven most common technique errors he sees in blocking the IZ and more importantly, he explains the technique adjustments he gives his offensive lineman on...
Southern Oregon’s 4 Every Day Drill OL Circuits
By Chris Fisk, Offensive Line, Southern Oregon
The University of Southern Oregon is fresh off an NAIA National Championship.Coach Fisk decided to tweak his circuit drills- surprisingly after scoring 45.7 points per game- and he presents the circuits he uses to...
Complete Installation: Odd Robber Defense
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...
Track Blocking the Wide Zone
By Andrew Coverdale & Mike Kuchar, X&O Labs Research Staff
Teaching combos on the zone scheme can get expensive, particularly for tempo offenses that prioritize speed to manipulate defenses. Because of this philosophy- and some inexperience up front- prep powerhouse Trinity...
Defending Mobile Quarterbacks with the “Cage” Concept
By Holden Whitehead, Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach, Alfred University (NY)
The Cage works to give each player in our scheme a job to execute beyond just owning their gap. We utilize our cage in four-man, five-man, and six-man rushes.
Horizontal Reads off Tight Zone Runs
By Braden Layer, Offensive Coordinator/QB coach, Bowdoin College (ME)
We found that by devoting a handful of plays each game to the jet action with the original goal of challenging the perimeter, we were in turn able to dramatically influence...
Adapting the Shuffle Reach on the Backside of Zone and Gap Runs
By Mike Kuchar, Co-Founder/Senior Research Manager X&O Labs, OL Coach/Run Game Coordinator, Rahway High School (NJ)
For most young players, a shuffle technique is a common movement. It’s something even non-basketball players have done before.
By Mike Kuchar Co-Founder/Senior Research...
The Pistol Triple Option and PAP Package with Duo Blocking
By Eric Davis, Head Football Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Mankato East High School (MN)
The Triple Option is one of the most prolific rushing attacks ever invented and when combined with elements of the modern passing game, it provides an effective method...