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Developing a Defensive Identification System

2017-02-19 20:29:52

By Sam Gooding, Offensive Line Coach/Special Teams Coordinator, Dakota State University (SD) With the multiple looks that Dakota State University (SD) offensive line coach Sam Gooding received from defenses each week, it was clear that the classic "covered/uncovered" principles in his...

Four RPO Answers to Beat Man Coverage

2017-02-19 19:57:23

By Jeff Smith, Offensive Coordinator, Warrenton High School (MO) Defensive coordinators are leaning on Man coverage to defend RPOs. See how Coach Smith is countering that approach with Man Coverage answers built into his RPOs. Read the report... By Jeff SmithOffensive CoordinatorWarrenton...

A Comprehensive Guide to Defending the Flexbone Option

2017-02-19 19:43:37

By Brock Harney, Defensive Coordinator, La Crosse Logan High School (WI) Defending the Flexbone Option offense is a frequent topic of discussion among high school coaches. Well coached Flexbone offenses can be very difficult to stop on a regular basis. Having...

OLB “Bite” and “Blood” Technique vs. Three Man Surface Runs

2017-02-19 19:22:46

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs Coach Baechler will teach what he calls a “Bite Technique” to his outside linebacker against three-man surfaces, particularly if he is slanting to the field and the tight end is to the boundary...

Three-Level Sail Concept: New Trends Create a High-Low Stretch on the Flat Defender

2017-02-12 21:06:17

By Lee K. I. Boyd, Wide Receivers Coach, Saint Louis High School (HI) While the Sail has been ingrained in the run and shoot offensive system since the days of Mouse Davis, now this three-level flood concept is being tweaked to...

Mix These 5 Coverages Behind Zone Pressures to Defend the Run and Pass

2017-02-12 20:43:48

By Clay Iverson, Head Football Coach, Mukwonago High School (WI) When you double the number of INTs that you had from one year to the next, you must be doing something right. Find out how Coach Iverson mixes his coverages to...

Attack Multiple Coverages Using Dig-Pivot Concept and Simplify Your QB’s Read

2017-02-12 20:36:35

By Kyle Buresh, Quarterbacks & Wide Receivers Coach, Dakota Wesleyan University (SD) The Dig-Pivot Concept is a simple read for the quarterback and allows an offense to attack the defense in multiple coverages. See how Coach Buresh and his offense used...

Pre-Snap Screen Rules Off Run Actions

2017-02-12 16:26:08

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs At Downey High School (CA), anytime Coach Plaa doesn't tag a pass, the wide receivers know to automatically run what head football coach Jeremy Plaa calls his “screen rules. Learn about them here... By...

West Conn’s Post Season Self-Scout Protocols

2017-02-06 14:39:08

By Drew Owens, Offensive Coordinator, Western Connecticut State University Post AFCA Convention usually transitions into a self-scout period with staffs analyzing game tape of last season to assess what went right and what went wrong. But aside from evaluating proficiency,...

Air Raid: Shake/Out/Scissor Concept

2017-02-06 14:28:26

By David Robinson, Offensive Coordinator, Skyview High School (ID) See how the Shake / Out / Scissor concept has become more reliable thank 4 verticals for Coach Robinson and his squad. Skyview’s 2016 offense set new records in every passing category...

4-3 Pattern Read Coverages: Play Any Zone Coverage While Simplifying LB Rules

2017-02-05 23:24:09

By Erik Kruppe, Head Football Coach, Farmington High School (MO) Over the past two seasons, Framington's opponents are only converting on 34% of 3rd and 4th downs. They emphasize and take pride in defending what they call the “critical downs.” See...

Deciphering Level Reads in Offset Formations

2017-02-05 23:20:25

By Mike Kuchar, Senior Research Manager, X&O Labs Here we will dig into the pre-snap level read progression Foster teaches his second and third level defenders based on the placement of the back. Read it here... By Mike KucharSenior Research ManagerX&O LabsTwitter:...

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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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