By Ian Shoemaker
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
St. Cloud State University (MN)
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Editor's Note: Ian Shoemaker officially joined the Husky football coaching staff on July 1, 2008. This past season, Shoemaker directed the St. Cloud offense to average 426 yards per game, including 264 passing yards per game. The Husky offense also scored 35.8 points per game this past season. Shoemaker had been the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and strength and conditioning coordinator at Baldwin Wallace College (OH) previously.
I consider this a tremendous honor to be allowed to share some of our ideas on QB play. I also appreciate X&Os Labs for providing this platform for coaches to share some of our tricks of the trade. What I am going to present is just what we feel is important to our QB position at St Cloud State University. Nothing that I am going to present here is revolutionary and all of the mechanic ideas and drills are things that I have pillaged from other QB coaches that I have had the opportunity to visit with or study. As you watch the film (available in the Insiders) you will see our QBs are not perfect, far from it, however, we aspire to perfect these points of emphasis in every drill we do. I think that these check points and drills provide our QBs the best opportunity to produce and replicate a consistent release, which in turn gives us a chance to be an accurate passer. I just hope that there are a couple of ideas here that you might be able to use to improve your coaching of the QB position.
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Coaching points: Step just off your line and give your hips room to clear.
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Coaching point: "Up and back" not "down and around."
Coaching point: Get the nose of the ball pointing up and away from target.
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Coaching point: Drop the ball to Zero.
Questions or Comments? Post your questions or comments below and Coach Shoemaker will respond below.
My son took Darin Slack's camp. He is struggling mightily with movements from the set position in back all the way to the zero position. He cannot get the J down. Can anyone help with an anaolgy that will help him understand? I really can use suggeetione. Thank you.
What is meant by dropping the ball to zero?
"Zero" refers to that elbow/shoulder position where your body is working complete harmony to make a throw feel effortless. Your shoulder shouldn't feel strain. Nor should your elbow. Its best compared to the feel of a perfect golf swing.
Refer to Darin Slack's QB Developmental DVDs for further explanation of "Zero"
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