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Man Free Concepts to Defend RPOs

2017-01-23 14:44:59

By Grant Caserta, Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs Coach, Husson University (ME) Husson University (ME) finished first nationally at the Division 3 level this season in the following categories: total defense (181 ypg), rushing defense (47 ypg), yards per rush (1.59), third...

Frostburg State’s Gap Schemes from Multiple Personnel Groupings

2017-01-23 14:21:47

By Tye Hiatt, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach, Frostburg State University (MD) One of the first things the Frostburg State staff does every week in their game planning sessions is find ways to effectively run the ball with a downhill attitude. Find out...

The Bunch Red Zone Package

2017-01-23 13:54:15

By Chris Parker, Head Football Coach, Pickens High School (GA) In the Red zone, Coach Parker moves away from his RPOs and utilizes a Bunch package to create favorable matchups when the spacing is not as helpful as it is in...

Varying QB/RB Alignments in One-Back Gap Schemes

2017-01-23 13:22:19

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs We found these responses were similar to the alignments that coaches use in the Power concept. The majority of coaches that use the Counter concept choose to use a vertical alignment of one...

Creating Defensive Alignment Issues With an Overload Line

2017-01-14 18:13:48

By Steve Steele, Head Coach, T.F. Riggs High School (SD) While some defensive coordinators have checks to one or two unbalanced looks, presenting up to nine in one contest can cause an abundant amount of alignment issues defensively. It’s an advantage...

Beating the Blitz With the Shallow Cross

2017-01-14 17:51:38

By Kevin Wallace, Offensive Coordinator, Robert B. Glenn High School (NC) Shallow cross is one of the most versitile concepts in football today. Coach Wallace expalains how he uses it to beat teams that like to bring the heat. Read about...

Pro Style RPO Packages From Under Center

2017-01-14 17:37:24

By Josh Franke, Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator , Newton Falls High School (OH) It was only a matter of time before a Pro Style coach started implementing RPOs at the high school level. Josh Franke is that coach. Find out how...

Deuce Coverage to Defend RPO Concepts

2017-01-14 17:26:49

By Mike Kuchar, Lead Research Manager, X&O Labs Henderson State University finished third in the country among Division II schools with 29 interceptions and did so by teaching their secondary to read the eyes of the quarterback even in zone concepts...

Bracket Coverage: A 2-High Answer for RPOs and Gun Runs

2017-01-06 16:15:12

By Woody Blevins, Safeties Coach, University of Northern Colorado, While some coaches have made the full transition to defending post-snap RPOs with man coverage, the defensive staff at Northern Colorado has bought into using bracket coverage structures to defend 10 and...

Pull Scheme RPOs with Universal Tags

2017-01-06 14:56:01

By Joe Spagnolo, Head Coach, Iona Prep (NY) In the last few years, Coach Spagnolo's offense has evolved into a Zone RPO and Power Read football team that plays up- tempo, with various formations and motions. They have found that the...

Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Championship Off-Season

2017-01-06 14:37:11

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs As part of our larger research report on NCAA Player Development Study, we talked with Peter Fredenburg of University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX). His team went on to win the 2016 D3 National...

Case Study: Getting Your Athletes to "Buy-In" Year Round

2017-01-06 11:01:10

By Research Staff, X&O Labs In this day and age, time is also at a premium. We understand that with all of the people, tasks, and responsibilities that compete for your limited bandwidth, a smart approach to managing all the details...

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Sam Nichols

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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 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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