I have always liked this picture of Y.A. Tittle. It embodies the game of football. To me it also embraces the position of quarterback. That is a picture of a leader by example. The blood, sweat, and tears from effort. The look of exhaustion from the mental strain of a game. The position of quarterback has nothing to do with perception, but completely based on reality. The position of quarterback cannot be fooled in the game of football on every offensive snap. So what are the qualities of a quarterback? What makes it work to get the performance we all
A coach cannot hide this position in the game. Sure you may have a powerful running back or great skill players, but without the quarterback sooner or late you will have to win a game on this positions abilities. The better your quarterback is the greater your potential for achieving team goals are. So why am I spending time on a well talked about position? The number one question I get asked is quarterback related. So I decided to create a series of articles, that I feel would answers these questions and create a check list for other coaches. The
As the off season approaches and clinics will be filled with X's and O's, I would like to to move back to step one in the world of coaching. With the new year approaching, the yearly resolutions are waiting in our minds. Many of us are making pledges for various reasons and results, but what kind do coaches make? Better than that what drives you? I believe in our job market we have to look at some reflection, but also the future. Where is our core? How do we find renewal? I happened to see a twitter post recently of
Offensive Line is the root of all offenses. If you do not have a solid front, no matter what your scheme is it does not work. Protection is another hot topic in table talks across the country, whether to slide, vertical etc. In this article, I will dive into the vertical pass drop from a schematic look. I will talk about the mathematics and the proof of why we use vertical pass protection and how we feel that it is the best for your passing game. We do not have bigger staggers or kick slide with our tackles. We vertical
I like to think of myself as a football archaeologist. My mind wants to trace everything back to the roots from where it started. I like to find old books on passing the ball from its infancy years, and compare what we are doing now. I received Dutch Meyers Spread Offense book (that had been out of print for some time), as a Christmas present some years back. It is still one of my prize collectibles. This off season I started reading everything I could find on Sid Gillman. Now if your mind does not seek history like mine, then
One of the oldest discussions in football is physicality. It has been criticized recently, adjusted, and being sought out by many coaches this off season. So you are coming off a year where you could not win the tough yards. It just Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus staring down the Green Bay Packers offensive line at Wrigley Field.Chicago, Illinois 12/14/1969(Image # 1160 ) seems your team does not have the mind set to grind it out, and you are frustrated. You feel as if you left a key element out of the game. You are embarrassed at the
This is a guest article written for FootballXOs.com by Adam Hovorka. Coach Hovorka introduces his Ice Play from the Spread Offense.
We have been running some form of packaged plays since 2013 when I saw a clinic talk by Mike Emendorfer from UW-Platteville. Back then it was on the cutting edge of what teams were doing, but not it has become very advanced and teams at every level are running packaged plays, and RPO’s are all over as well. Our use of RPO’s and Packaged Plays has evolved tremendously from our meager beginnings in 2013, but there are some aspects that have never changed because they work so well for teaching and understanding the concepts involved.