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Frostburg State’s Down and Distance Pursuit Progression

2017-03-20 13:23:56

By John Kelling, Defensive Coordinator / Linebacker Coach, Frostburg State University (MD) Much more goes into teaching defenders how to pursue the football than chasing a “rabbit” to the sideline these days. Players have to be educated on the responsibilities of...

Quick Game Tags to Zone and Gap Run Schemes

2017-03-20 12:54:28

By Jacob Knight, Offensive Line, Waverly High School (OH) Tagging passing concepts in the run game is a growing trend. See how Coach Knight and his offense structured their concepts to result in over an 85% completion percentage on these calls...

Quarterback Outside Zone/Bubble RPO

2017-03-20 12:44:57

By Chad Stadem, Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Washington High School (SD) There are many ways to have the quarterback run the football. While the power, inverted veer, zone read, and midline read are among the most effective in today’s game, Coach Stadem...

Cover 3 Conversions From a Cover 2 Shell

2017-03-19 13:42:00

By Nick Bamber, Defensive Backs Coach, Chesterton High School (Chesterton, IN) The middle of the field is the biggest void of a cover two structure, so it would make sense to get a post-snap defender there before the offense can exploit...

Hardball and Solo Coverage to Defend RPOs

2017-03-10 17:45:21

By Jerrod Sparling, Head Football Coach, River Valley High School (OH) For the last two seasons at River Valley High School (OH), head coach Jerrod Sparling has been using 3 Cloud Coverage against 3x1 and 3x2 formation RPOs. It not only...

4x1 Triple Post Concept

2017-03-10 16:45:21

By Rich Holzer, Head Football Coach, Mount Saint Joseph High School (MD) See how this 4x1 concept has become a go to big play opportunity for Coach Holzer and his offense while helping the QB get rid of the ball quickly...

Two-Back Iso Variations from Spread Personnel Groupings

2017-03-10 15:45:21

By Andy Martinez, Assistant Head Football Coach/Run Game Coordinator, Archbishop Stepinac High School (NY) Discover how Coach Martinez uses 2 back Iso concepts to compliment his RPO and screen game in this new report. Read it here... By Andy MartinezAssistant Head Football...

Pre-Snap Hitch Controls in the Run Game

2017-03-10 15:15:21

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs See how 3 coaches are using hitch controls in their run game to attack defenses. Read the report here... By Mike KucharSenior Research ManagerX&O LabsTwitter: @MikeKKuchar Introduction: The following research was conducted as part of...

Kansas Wesleyan's Sprint-Out Concepts

2017-03-03 20:05:08

Matt Drinkall, Head Coach, Kansas Wesleyan University (KS) A sprint out package facilitates the offense in a number of different ways: it holds up against pressure, it’s useful in any field zone and it changes the launch point of the QB...

Protecting Two-Back Runs with Flood and Naked PAPs

2017-03-03 19:05:08

By Ryan Turnage, Head Football Coach, Lee-Davis High School (VA) See how Coach Turnage puts run defender in binds with his play action concepts from 20 personnel. Read the report... By Ryan Turnage Head Football Coach Lee-Davis High School (VA) Twitter:...

4-3 Blitz Checks to Attack Protections

2017-03-03 18:05:08

By Adam Hovorka, Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator, Schreiber High School (NY) See how Coach Hovorka has simmplified and molded his blitz checks to attack protections with his 4-3 defense.. Read the report... By Adam Hovorka Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Schreiber High School (NY)...

Combining Two Play Sequences in One Word Call

2017-03-03 11:42:00

By Brian White, Offensive Line Coach, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology See how Rose Hulman picks up the pace in their zone / play action game with their one word play calls. Read more here... By Brian White Offensive Line Coach Rose...

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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

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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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