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By Nick Coleman, Offensive Coordinator, Itawamba Community College


In preparing your QB, it’s important to give him a system, rather than a series of drills, to teach him the proper way to respond when things unravel this fall. But considering the hundreds of options, many coaches find challenges in selecting the drill work they will use. Nick Coleman, the offensive coordinator at Itawamba Community College, hand picked the 14 drills he will use in pre-season and this fall to train his quarterbacks for optimum efficiency. He provides the coaching points and video for each of these drills in this exclusive clinic report. Read the report here.

 



By Nick Coleman
Offensive Coordinator
Itawamba Community College
Twitter: @QB_CoachColeman

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Introduction:

Quarterback individual is the most crucial aspect of developing a young athlete. The key to any QB coach is to have a daily, weekly, and seasonal plan for drills. Every aspect of coaching a QB starts with his feet and works up from there. Our offense has our everyday drills along with drills we do once a week and situational based on weekly game plan. The most important aspect of coaching QB drill work is to have drill correlation between drills, group work, pass skelly, and team periods. If the drill does not correlate, do not use it that day or week. 

Note that in all of our drills QBs must have active and hot feet. Every offense is built on timing and anticipation within the scheme. The active feet allow the QB to be ready for any type of disruption with the receivers’ routes. Every drill that you will see, the QB will have active feet and his base the width of his shoulders. 

Drills

Noose Drill

PURPOSE: First thing we do at practice. This is how we warm-up. Emphasizes stance, release, getting over top, sticking cuts, noose, exaggerating look and tuck, dipping and turning straight down field. QB will work on drop, reads, slides, fast feet, and accuracy of throw. QB should see reads in his head.

TEMPO: ¼ - ½  MAX

PAT-N-GO: SHORT

PURPOSE: Fundamentals drill where QB and other skill players perfect techniques at less than full speed as they continue to loosen up. Catches over shoulder.

TEMPO: ½

SIDE WAYS STEP OVERS DRILL

PURPOSE:  Condition QB to have fast feet in pocket while keeping eyes downfield and going through read progression. Working on keeping front should open so you don’t close down field

TEMPO:  Full

FRONT TO BACK STEP OVERS DRILL

PURPOSE:  Condition QB to have fast feet in pocket while keeping eyes downfield and going through read progression. Working on keeping front should open so you don’t close down field

TEMPO:  Full

4 MOVEMENTS STEP OVERS DRILL

PURPOSE:  Condition QB to have fast feet in pocket while keeping eyes downfield and going through read progression. Working on flipping hips open when looking down field.

TEMPO:  Full

ORGANIZATION/SET-UP:  Straddling a line

BAG WEAVE DRILL WITH RECOGNITION

PURPOSE: To teach QB to move in all directions in pocket, keeping eyes downfield, feeling the rush and bodies around him, while maintaining his read progression with proper timing.

TEMPO: Full speed with drop and with hitch in pocket. Move feet as fast as possible but under control. Be light on feet. Should move the distance of snail but with fast feet.

ACCELERATED BAG WEAVES DRILL

PURPOSE:  To teach QB to move in all directions in pocket, keeping eyes downfield, feeling the rush and bodies around him, while maintaining his read progression with proper timing.

TEMPO:  Full speed with drop and with hitch in pocket. Drive up and back in the pocket with explosive movements. Be light on feet. Trying to simulate having to step up or back in a hurry while keeping eyes down field and ready to throw.

YO-YO DRILL

PURPOSE:  To perfect skill of throwing on the run and to get QB in habit of running at target when throwing on the run. This forces the QB to use proper throwing form on push back and rotation of hips and shoulders. It also helps the QB to separate upper body from lower body on throws.

TEMPO: ½ to ¾ speed depending on level of skill and stage of practice

BARREL THROWS DRILL

PURPOSE: To teach the Quarterback touch on a deep ball vs. man coverage. Throw the ball with air so it does not have to be a perfect throw.

TEMPO: Full Speed Drops

INTERMEDIATE THROWS DRILL

PURPOSE: To teach the Quarterback how to drop the ball over 2nd level defender and before the 3rd level defender can close on it and make the play. Throw the ball just over the goal post to another QB or Coach. Use the cross bar and the upright. Try to get as close to both without hitting them.

SHUFFLE DRILL

PURPOSE:  To teach QB to slide effectively in the pocket while maintaining reads, footwork, and ball security. Then finding RB on the Check down.

TEMPO:  Full Speed

SCRAMBLE DRILL

PURPOSE: To train QB to escape under and outside rusher and be prepared to throw from outside the pocket on run.

TEMPO: Full Speed

ANTICIPATION DRILL

PURPOSE: To train the QB to trust what he sees. Great QB can see the window open before it opens.  This drill is designed for the QB to throw the ball before the WR is open.

TEMPO: Full Speed

REALISTIC THROWS DRILL

PURPOSE: To simulate game like throws and situations while the QB is in the pocket. Develops quarterbacks familiarity with making the difficult throw.

TEMPO: Full Speed

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Conclusion:

In conclusion, coaching quarterbacks is not an exact science. Different quarterbacks have different strengths and weaknesses. The key to being a great quarterback coach is to magnify each QBs strengths and work to improve on each one’s weaknesses. Build your offense around a quarterback’s talents and allow them to play football!

 

Meet Coach Coleman: Nick Coleman is the Offensive Coordinator at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Mississippi.  He coached Quarterback Kwadra Griggs to a second team all-state season in 2015 when the University of Southern Mississippi signee threw for 2,138 yards and 18 touchdowns in 10 games.  Prior to ICC, he spent three seasons at Faulkner University working as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In his first year at Faulkner, Coleman played a key role in the development of two-time NAIA All-American quarterback, Josh Hollingsworth, who led the nation in most all passing statistical categories. In his final season with the Eagles, his offense was ranked amongst the top in all NAIA categories.

 

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