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Varying Backside Cut Points in the OZ By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs


Although the ball carrier entry point on the stretch run concept can vary between the play side C-D gap, we’ve found many offensive line coaches are spending just as much time instructing their players how to establish back side cut points. Jason Eck, the OL coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota Makato- who is averaging 310 rushing per game this season- is just one of the coaches who provides the progression he uses to cut off first and second level defenders.  

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A Tweak on Cover 8 vs. 2x2 Sets By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs


This variation of the Quarters Cover 8 concept from Coach Darian Dulin of Abilene Christian University is a proven adjustment to address specific formations you will see against spread teams.  

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Quick & Complete Kickoff Circuit By Sam Nichols, Managing Editor, X&O Labs


This simple yet comprehensive KOR circuit is a must for yeams at any level.  Start them this week and improve your feild position each week moving forward.  

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Teaching DL Block Destruction By AJ Blum, Co-Defensive Coordinator, Westfield High School (TX)


The defensive lineman's ability to get off of a block, and better yet destroy the block, is essential to shutting down the run game and getting to the passer. Find out how this Texas HS DL coaching veteran techniques his players daily in the area of "Block Destruction."  

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Clinic Reports

Varying Backside Cut Points in the OZ

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs Although the ball carrier entry point on the stretch run concept can vary between the play side C-D gap, we’ve found many offensive line coaches are spending just as much time instructing their players how to establish back side cut points. Jason Eck, the OL coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota.....

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A Tweak on Cover 8 vs. 2x2 Sets

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs This variation of the Quarters Cover 8 concept from Coach Darian Dulin of Abilene Christian University is a proven adjustment to address specific formations you will see against spread teams.  

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Teaching DL Block Destruction

By AJ Blum, Co-Defensive Coordinator, Westfield High School (TX) The defensive lineman's ability to get off of a block, and better yet destroy the block, is essential to shutting down the run game and getting to the passer. Find out how this Texas HS DL coaching veteran techniques his players daily in the area of "Block Destruction."  

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Proven Protocols In Defensive Game Planning

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs We all know coaches watch film, but how do coaches, particularly successful ones, watch film? We surveyed high school defensive coaches that have won more than three-quarters of their games the last three seasons and asked them how they game plan- from elements like delegating film work to staff, which information to give.....

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7 Efficient Sprint Out Concepts

By Chuck Williamson, Assistant.....

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Adding Empty as a Mid Season Wrinkle

By Chris Parker, Head Coach,.....

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11 as 1 Team Defensive Pursuit

By Jason Sedlak, Defensive.....

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Drag Hand/Backside Hand Technique

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research.....

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4 Offensive Game Planning Mistakes

You spend all week studying.....

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No Huddle - How to "Coach On the Run"

By Dan Ellis, Head Coach, Great.....

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Research Reports

Research: Defending the Problem Areas in Quarters Coverage

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs In an effort to make sure we were as thorough as possible in our research, we wanted to devote this last case to defending the various "problem areas" in Quarters coverage. We all know that every coverage has its weaknesses, and Cover four is no different. So we asked some of our sources directly, how they best defend.....

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Press Box Research Report

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs It's the game within the game that matters, which is why XandOLabs presents new research on how offensive and defensive coordinators train their spotters in the press box.  With some states allowing the use of technology in the booth these methods could mean the difference between wins and losses.

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Using Press Technique to Disrupt the Fade-Stop

By Trey Henderson, Safeties Coach, College of William and Mary Coach Henderson outlines how the College of William and Mary has implemented press coverage techniques that can throttle their FBS opponents.

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Four Vertical Landmarks, Reads and Progressions

By Mike Kuchar, X&O Labs Senior Research Manager This in depth X&O Labs research report on the four vertical pass concept will focus primarily on the research we found regarding receivers landmarks and route technique as well as the QB's read progression based on coverage. Since over 60 percent of coaches surveyed run the concept out of 2x2 formations, this article will.....

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Defending the Bunch Formation

By Mike Kuchar X&O Labs Our.....

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Marrying Inside and Outside Zone Schemes

By Chris Fisk, Offensive Line.....

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50 + Drills to Improve QB Pocket Presence

By Sam Nichols, Managing Editor,.....

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Varying Supports in Zone Pressures

By Wagner College Defensive.....

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DB Press Technique Report

By Mike Kuchar Senior Research.....

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Drill Reports

Quick & Complete Kickoff Circuit

By Sam Nichols, Managing Editor, X&O Labs This simple yet comprehensive KOR circuit is a must for yeams at any level.  Start them this week and improve your feild position each week moving forward.  

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Fordham University's QB Movement Drills

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs Discover the drills behind Fordham's QB's setting new school records in 2013 of most points (526), passing yards (5,052) and total yards (7,214) in a season.  

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QB Drills - Towson University

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs X&O Labs Senior Research Manager Mike Kuchar provides a video tutorial on the every day drills used by QB's at Towson University.

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OL Drills - Ohio State University

Insiders Members: Click here to login to the Insiders to view the full 16 minute drill film. What You're Missing: This brief drill report is a portion of the 16 minute drill catelog that we have online for our Insiders members. The full version includes the following drills / concepts: How Ohio State drills its reverse combo blocks on the inside zone scheme. The.....

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LB Drills - University of Kentucky

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DB Drills - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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DL Drills - Temple University

By Mike Kuchar From Ben Albert.....

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Noose Drill Progression

Jeremy West, Offensive.....

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QB Drills - Santa Monica College

By Ryan O’Hara, Quarterback.....

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RB Drills - Auburn University

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QB Drills - Footwork Progression - UCLA

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research.....

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