Running Back Coach Research Report

Jul 6, 2013 | Program Development, Evaluations

By The X&O Labs Staff

Having covered both sets of linemen last week, this week we shift our focus to the survey results running back coaches provided as part of our Self Scout Your Career survey.

Remember, the survey is still ongoing (if you or your staff hasn't taken it yet, check it out here), we wanted to share some of the insight that the surveys have unearthed. We also recognize that while many of you have already taken one survey from, you likely have not seen the results of the other 10 surveys. In addition to the Running Back Research Report you are currently reading, we will also be releasing our Linebacker Research Report this week.

Here are a few of the highlights you will find in the graphs and questions contained in the Running Back Coaches Survey results below:       

  1. Inspite of many high profile programs moving away from this technique, over 55% of the coaches surveyed teach their players to switch the ball to the outside arm during a run.
  2. 48% of the coaches surveyed claim to classify all of their backs as "running backs" and teach them all the same techniques dismissing the positions of H Back and Fullback.
  3. The most popular "evasion technique" taught by coaches, with over 55% or coaches choosing this method,  is the the simple act of dropping the near shoulder.
  4. 52% of coaches consider pre-snap reads and entry points as the most undercoached part of the running back skill set.

Check out each of those questions and their responses below and see how the information compares to the your team. As always, we would love to hear your thoughts on the data presented in this report. Please feel free to share your opinions and thoughts in the comments section below.

**Note: The data shown below is the current information from our ongoing study. It will likely change over time and as that happens, we will be sure to keep you apprised of the trends as they become apparent. Again, if you or your staff has not already participated, or if you want to just take a different survey (you can use the same email address without a problem) please CLICK HERE.