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rb1sBy 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.



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 selfscoutyourcareer.com, 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.

1. Which of the following ideas are most similar to your philosophy on ball security?

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2. How do you classify your running backs?

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3. Which of the following evasion techniques are most important for a running back to learn when carrying the football?

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4. In your opinion, what is the most under-coached aspect of RB play?

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5. Which of the following is the most important intangible trait/characteristic you can instill in your RBs to get them to be successful?

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In addition to the questions above, Running Back coaches that completed the survey also provided interesting insight into the following topics:

 

  • The most important physical skill coaches can teach their RBs to possess in order to be successful.
  • How much practice time are do coaches get on a daily basis to work with your RBs.
  • Which element of RB play do the coaches spend the most amount of time on during practice.
  • The types of footwork coaches teach in their gap schemes.
  • Pre-snap aiming points have been most successful for their RB’s when executing the inside zone concept.
  • Post-snap entry points have been most successful for their RBs when executing the inside zone concept.
  • Pre-snap aiming points have been most successful for their RB’s when executing the outside zone concept.
  • Post-snap entry points have been most successful for their RB’s when executing the outside zone concept.
  • The ideal pitch relationship for their RBs in the option game.
  • How involved are their running backs in the passing game on a regular basis.

For access to this information, you can either click here to take the Running Back coaches survey and receive your own, instant results or you can log in to the Insiders.

 

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