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3x1 Counter Trey/Glance RPO

2017-04-21 17:26:44

By Nick Coleman, Offensive Coordinator, Itawamba Community College (MS) Like most two-high defensive structures, the boundary safety is asked to play both an exterior gap in the run game and a vertical threat in the pass game. It makes him extremely...

Using the Mike LB to Adjust to 20 Personnel Fast Motion

2017-04-21 17:13:29

By Michael Bellacosa, Defensive Coordinator, St. John the Baptist High School (NY) Fast motion makes the defense change responsibilities fast. Coach Bellacosa has a system to keep his defense aggressive when teams quickly motion out of the backfield. Find it here... By...

SEC OL Coach on The Insert (Split) Zone Study

2017-04-19 13:58:49

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs When defenses add safeties into the box it leaves an offense with two options: read him with an RPO or go right after him in the run game. One prominent SEC OL coach...

Hot Route System for the High School QB

2017-04-19 07:49:00

By Dan Ellis, Head Coach, Great Valley High School (PA) In an effort to stay simplistic, many high school offenses employ a half-man/half-slide protection scheme and Great Valley High School (PA) head coach Dan Ellis is no different. But with the...

Case Study: Communication Drives a Winning Culture

2017-04-18 00:38:10

By Research Team, X&O Labs Over the last six years, X&O Labs has discovered that great programs work hard at avoiding one of life’s biggest pitfalls: poor communication. Communication is key to building culture. A football coach’s goal is to have...

2 RPO’s to Manipulate Quarters Safeties

2017-04-17 16:57:00

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs The deeper down the RPO rabbit hole you go, the more you will find unique concepts. These concepts attack the quarters in a powerful way with RPOs. Find out more here... By Mike KucharSenior...

4 Options for the 3x1 Stick Draw

2017-04-17 15:57:00

By James Stubkjaer, OL Coach, Avon High School (SD) and Jared Smith, OL Coach, SF Roosevelt High School (SD) See how these teams have taken the Stick Draw and molded it into a QB friendly play with various potential outcomes. Read...

4-2-5 Split Coverage Variations to Defend Trips

2017-04-17 14:57:00

By Chris Endress, Defensive Coordinator, Columbus High School (KS) See why coach Endress used these concepts against over 80% of the trips looks they saw this past season. Read more here... By Chris Endress Defensive Coordinator Columbus High School (KS) Insiders Members: Login here to...

Bracketing the X in Trips Formations

2017-04-10 20:45:33

By Ty Gower, Defensive Coordinator, Norman North High School (OK) The free access throw to the X in 3x1 formations continues to be a staple in most offensive coordinators’ menu, particularly against two-high safety structures. So it becomes more of a...

Two-Back Isolation RPO from 20 Personnel Groupings

2017-04-10 20:11:18

By Kyle Ralph, Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, New Palestine High School (IN) How does an inside zone team turn their Iso into a concept that averages over 10 yards per carry? Find out here. By Kyle Ralph Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator New Palestine...

Training the Y/H in Split Zone Runs

2017-04-09 22:54:41

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs See how coaches across the country are teaching H backs to attack loaded boxes pre-snap and defensive “back gapping” post-snap. By Mike KucharSenior Research ManagerX&O LabsTwitter: @MikeKKuchar Introduction The following research was conducted as part of...

QB Gap Read Concepts

2017-04-03 15:04:26

By Jace Schillinger, Offensive Coordinator, Dickinson State University (ND) Using the quarterback as the primary runner this season helped Dickinson State (ND) alleviate many issues it was having with a youthful offensive line. But using traditional read concepts like zone...

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Sam Nichols

Managing Editor

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Sam Nichols serves as Managing Editor at X&O Labs.  Since joining the team in 2012, Nichols has worked with over 100 coaches to write and publish their materials.  He is the author of the popular No Huddle Research Report that was released in March 2013.  In addition to his work at X&O Labs, Sam is entering his third year as wide receivers coach at Hope College in Holland, MI.  Prior to joining the coaching staff at his alma mater, Sam enjoyed 10 years coaching in the high school ranks leading multiple teams to playoff appearances and coaching players like current Washington Redskin Kirk Cousins.  Sam had a variety of writing and publishing experiences before he joined the X&O Labs team.  Since 2006, he has published 8 articles in various football coaching journals, is featured in an instructional coaching DVD series, wrote a best-selling no huddle manual, and published a instructional book on running great youth football camps.

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Mike Kuchar


Mike Kuchar

Senior Research Manager

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Mike Kuchar serves as co-founder and Senior Research Manager of X&O Labs. Kuchar has spent the last 15 years of his writing career researching and reporting on the newest trends and innovations in the game. His work has been featured in various national publications including ESPN Magazine, USA Today, and CBSports.com as well as coaching trade publications. Since starting X&O Labs, Kuchar has authored several special reports including the Zone Read Study, the Quarters Coverage Study and the 4-2-5 Defense Study.  Aside from his journalistic pursuits, Kuchar has been a coach for 14 years, both at the high school and college level as a head coach and a defensive coordinator. Currently he is the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at New Providence High School in New Jersey.  

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