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The Navy Way: Combos, Scoops and Veers

2017-05-19 13:49:45

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs Regardless of your offensive system one thing is hard to argue, when it comes to running the football not many do it better than the Naval Academy. The Midshipmen have averaged over 5.7...

5 E.D.D.s for Shield Punt Coverage

2017-05-19 12:55:08

Zach Watkins, Co-Defensive Coordinator/Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers, Washburn University (KS) In 2016, Washburn U. finished 1st in the MIAA and 9th in NCAA Division II in Net Punting with a 38.3 avg. net/punt while only allowing 2.5 yards per return on 62...

Fast Screen Variations from Doubles, Trips and Empty

2017-05-19 12:30:08

By Jordan McGowan, Head Coach, Brookside Christian HS (CA) That fast screen is a great way to stretch the field quickly at the snap of the ball. See how Coach McGowan has used this concept within his Air Raid system. Read...

Cardinal Double Team Technique in Gap Schemes

2017-05-15 17:35:40

By Gabe Fertitta, Offensive Coordinator, Catholic High of Baton Rouge Not many programs run gap schemes like Stanford University, which is why Gabe Fertitta, the offensive coordinator at prep powerhouse Catholic High School (LA) went right to the source when re-working...

Gap Scheme RPO Organization and Implementation

2017-05-15 17:04:01

By Brian White, Offensive Coordinator, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN) See how X&O Labs Board of Advisors Member and RHIT OC Brian White has adapted his RPOs to his gap scheme concepts. Read the report here. By Brian White Offensive Coordinator Rose-Hulman...

OLB Play in the Cover 2 Robber Defense

2017-05-15 16:58:44

By Shawn LaMothe, Defensive Backs/Running Backs Coach, Grosse Ile High School (MI) If your league is heavy on smashmouth offenses, you need your outside backers to play run first. Find out how coach LaMothe teaches this out of his Cover 2...

Eight Tips for Maximizing Your Program’s Summer

2017-05-15 12:22:26

By Product Specialist Team MaxOne.com We recently met with the guys at MaxOne to talk best practices for summer. MaxOne is also a sponsor of X&O Labs. These guys are doing some cutting-edge stuff. We looked at the research they have...

Teaching the Back-Shoulder Fade Route

2017-05-08 13:41:57

By Danny Freund, Wide Receivers Coach, University of North Dakota (ND) North Dakota University threw more back shoulder fades last season than they’re used to, because as wide receiver coach Danny Freund puts it, “we had good size and athleticism, but...

Implementing a Pre-Season O-Line Drill Catalog

2017-05-08 13:08:41

By Justin Iske, Offensive Line Coach / Co-Offensive Coordinator, Southwest Oklahoma State University Coach Iske details how he optimizes his offseason time with his players to best prepare his line for the season. Read the report here. By Justin IskeOffensive Line Coach...

Slide Footwork in Press/Catch Technique to Alleviate False Feet

2017-05-08 12:54:08

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs Most coaches will argue that in press coverage, the feet must move before the hands. But where they move is just as important as how they move. Too many times, a corner will...

Designing Pre-Snap Movement Verbiage in Tempo Offenses

2017-05-01 19:24:33

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs It’s clear why more offensive coordinators are implementing pre-snap shifts and motions this season. Pre-snap movement not only puts a defensive unit on its heels, but also distorts its eye discipline, producing the...

Adjusting the Bear Front to Defend RPOs

2017-05-01 19:07:04

By Kevin Gaul, Defensive Coordinator, Colts Neck High School (NJ) The Bear package has been an effective tool for some programs to utilize against spread RPO oriented teams because it allows them to execute against multiple offensive sets and personnel groupings...

Sam Nichols

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Sam Nichols

Managing Editor

X&O Labs

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

X&O Labs

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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About Us

X&O Labs

A Research Company for Football Coaches

X&O Labs’ Insiders, an exclusive membership-based website, delivers you in-depth reports on the trends, schemes, strategies and drills that are proven to maximize offensive, defensive and special teams production.

Over 8,000 coaches from the NFL, college and high school levels use the Insiders (a membership-based website) every week to improve their programs – and their careers.

X&O Labs’ Insiders releases over 200 new clinic reports, research reports, drill reports and special reports every year. And these are not just any reports, either. The Insiders’ reports feature specific topics and dig deeper than the general overview you find in other coaching resources – and that includes coaching clinics.

Where other coaching resources tell you “what coaches do”, X&O Labs’ Insiders reports go further and tell you the “why” behind the concept. With each report, you’ll get specifics like detailed coaching points, alignments, reads, installation steps, downloads -- everything you need to increase the production of your offense, defense or special teams.

Plus, these reports provide multiple coaches’ perspectives at solving the same problems and issues you face every day.

“The video within X&O Labs’ Insiders reports allow me to see inside the minds of great coaches and concepts.”

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Offensive Coordinator

Harrisburg High School

But what makes X&O Labs’ Insiders reports truly powerful is the use of game film and tutorial video. As you read a report, you can now watch videos to see the concept or drill in real-game situations. This significantly increases your ability to bring these concepts back to your program.

Plus, only with X&O Labs’ Insiders reports will you get the opportunity to network with the coaches featured in these reports. It’s a great opportunity to further your career.

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