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Noose Drill Progression Jeremy West, Offensive Coordinator, Stamford HS (TX)


If you’re looking for your offensive pass production to increase this season, the Noose Drill may be the answer. It’s a multi-faceted drill that works on negating press coverage- teaching receivers to attain leverage quickly at the line of scrimmage while training quarterbacks to finding throwing windows. It’s a staple at programs like Washington State, West Virginia and Baylor. And it can get done in all under five minutes.  

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8 New Progressions in the No Huddle for 2014 By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs


The no-huddle system continues to advance and this season will be no different. As a follow up to our No-Huddle special report that XandOLabs.com released last off-season, we surveyed only those coaches with winning percentages over .500 that have used the system the past three seasons to see what they are doing differently this time around. We categorized their responses into 8 new advancements below, some of which may surprise you.  

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Noose Drill Progression

Jeremy West, Offensive Coordinator, Stamford HS (TX) If you’re looking for your offensive pass production to increase this season, the Noose Drill may be the answer. It’s a multi-faceted drill that works on negating press coverage- teaching receivers to attain leverage quickly at the line of scrimmage while training quarterbacks to finding throwing windows. It’s a.....

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By Ryan O’Hara, Quarterback Coach, Santa Monica College Find out how three simple drills can refocus your QB on the fundamentals and greatly improve his accuracy.

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By Brian Flinn, WR Coach, Villanova University Villanova University is known for efficiency in its spread offense.  WR coach Brian Flinn shares his entire drill catalog with XandOLabs.com.  Below is some of the drill progressions he uses to teach his receivers the various kinds of stem breaks they use in their system.    

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