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Virginia Tech’s Defensive In-Game Operations

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs

VA Tech’s longtime defensive coordinator Bud Foster has continually harnessed a reputation as being one of the best in-game adjusters in football. Last spring, while X&O Labs was conducting research on the Hokies Bear Package, Mike Kuchar sat down with Coach...


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7 Drills to Teach Proper Pursuit Angles

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs

All great defensive coaches teach effort. But how to teach effort continually needs to be addressed. Maxims like “run to the ball,” or “get there quicker” are being quickly replaced with refined coaching points on how to take the correct angles...


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Southeastern Louisiana University’s One-Step Variants in Zone Blocking

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs

Travis Mikel, the offensive line coach at Southeastern Louisiana University, teaches a hip Aiming Point and what he calls a “Triangle Read” to his offensive linemen. The triangle read is to keep their eyes on the following (down lineman hip, play...


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8 Closed Space Tackle Drills

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs

Tackle situations are either made in open space or closed space. As we reported last week, while tackling in the open field continues can be issue of defensive concern, tackling in closed spaces has its own share of issues too. Closed...


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Southeastern Louisiana University’s One-Step Variants in Zone Blocking

2015-08-30 13:02:00

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs Travis Mikel, the offensive line coach at Southeastern Louisiana University, teaches a hip Aiming Point and what he calls a “Triangle Read” to his offensive linemen. The triangle read is to keep their...

8 Closed Space Tackle Drills

2015-08-24 13:41:39

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs Tackle situations are either made in open space or closed space. As we reported last week, while tackling in the open field continues can be issue of defensive concern, tackling in closed spaces...

McMurry University’s 6 Essentials for OL Scouting Reports

2015-08-23 14:02:24

By Adam Kirby, Offensive Line Coach, McMurry University (TX) Preparing an offensive line from week to week can be a challenge. That is why Coach Kirby has put together a schedule / package to ensure his guys are as prepared as...

Using Quick Game Tags to Attack Voided Alleys

2015-08-22 16:04:00

By Scott Girolmo, Offensive Coordinator, Liberty High School (VA) Empowering your Quarterback with the decision making ability to run the ball into five-man boxes and throw the ball away from eight-man fronts takes a great deal of recognition and even more...

The 11 Most Effective Open Field Tackle Drills

2015-08-17 13:45:56

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs Research shows that 32 percent of open field tackles are missed. It’s the highest missed tackle rate among all types of potential tackles and we found the deficiencies fall into three main problem...

Get Game Stats and Play-Charting in Real-Time and on the Sidelines

2015-08-17 10:59:03

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs If you’re like 99% of us, you’re tracking game day stats and charting plays with pen and paper. This process hasn’t changed much since football coaches began collecting and analyzing data decades ago...

Easy “Layups” with the RB Stack Concept

2015-08-17 08:35:00

By Andrew Coverdale, Offensive Coordinator, Trinity High School (KY) Innovators see things differently and in the case of Coach Coverdale, he has a knack for finding ways to make simple concepts look very complex to defenses. See his latest innovation here. By...

Four Flexbone Variations That Manipulate Defensive Reads

2015-08-16 16:12:00

By Ian Gardner, Quarterbacks Coach, Desert Edge HS (AZ) Find out how flexbone teams are able to get the blocking angles and reads that they want through these four simple variations. By Ian Gardner Quarterbacks Coach & Pass Game Coordinator Desert Edge HS (AZ) Twitter:...

RPO: 9 Drills to Train the QB’s Eyes

2015-08-10 02:19:46

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs The success of the RPO game falls upon the decision making of your quarterback. Last January, we published our special report The RPO Study and we had numerous request from coaches on how...

Cornell’s Chaotic Pre-Practice: 10 Drills in 6 Minutes

2015-08-08 13:07:00

By Roy Istvan, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach, Cornell University (NY) Coach Istvan breaks down how he combines a ballistic warm up with essential OL drills in pre-practice. Learn more here... By Roy Istvan,Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach,Cornell University (NY)Twitter: @coachistvan Insiders Members: Login here to access...

Advancements on the Bubble Screen

2015-08-08 09:31:00

By Lee Blankenship, Head Football Coach, Beggs High School, Beggs OK Find out how Coach Blankenship has made the bubble a staple in his potent offense with various new techniques and concepts. By Lee Blankenship Head Football Coach Beggs High School, Beggs OK Insiders Members:...

6 O-Line Techniques to Defend the Bull Rush

2015-08-01 12:02:31

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs Football camps are opening all over the country this week, so XandOLabs.com is presenting its weekly series on troubleshooting offensive and defensive concepts. The most successful coaches are anticipatory, not reactionary, so our...

 

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