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. Only careful and sound preparation will produce the results to develop into a championship quarterback. * You will be subject to more second-guessing and criticism than any other player. ***A good quarterback has total control at the line of scrimmage*** Performance Characteristics A quarterback has natural passing, faking, ball handling and play calling ability. He knows and can read defenses. He can throw long and short. He can drill and can soften and throw with a light touch. He sets up quickly without wasted motion. He can pump the ball and look off defenders when it is appropriate. He has quickness with arms, feet and hands. He gets the ball away fast. He has a great arm and mind, a rare combination. A good quarterback always takes inventory of himself. In the analysis of the former great ones at the quarterback position, these qualities very definitely prevailed. They always came off the practice field a better player in at least one of these areas. Having good arm strength to throw over the defense and complete the deep pass really opens up an offensive attack. Huddle Control and Mechanics The quarterback must have total control of the huddle. You must always take charge and have the ability to keep control. You cannot afford to be distracted. Suggestions should be discussed on the sideline, not during a drive. You must stay away from the huddle until the play is given to you or until you have reached a decision on what play to call. Once the decision has been made, move into the huddle, call the play distinctly, never talking too fast, and never lacking authority and assurance that it is the best play. Once at the line of scrimmage, it is important that the quarterback be consistent. He should always do the following, in the same order: * Scan the defense * Put his hands under the center * Go through the cadence properly * Be positive and distinct in calling the cadence Good ball handling is the result of many hours of practice with a quarterback and the running backs who will be executing the play together on game day.
with a slight bend at the waist and a slight forward shoulder roll. Snap -. The QB must get the laces where he wants them when he takes a snap. or as stated earlier. wrist deep. approximately the width of the armpits. pressure should be applied to the center's crotch while turning the head and shoulders to locate the belt buckle or the mid section of the ball carrier. For balance. The lower hand should be used to trap the ball. The ball should be "looked" into the ball carrier's midsection while making the handoff. loose and close to the body. The ball should be close to parallel to the ground at contact with the rear point slightly upward. slightly shifted to the push off foot. Both hands must follow the center forward.The QB-Center Exchange Stance The feet should be comfortably spread. with the wrist fitting the curve of the center's behind. The center should give it a slight twist so it fits the QB's hands. Hand Off As the ball is snapped. The fingers should be spread but relaxed. knuckle deep. The hips should be lowered so that the knees are slightly bent. This enables the quarterback to follow the center and adjust to the ball if the center does not hit dead center of the top hand. you may interlace the lower hand thumb on top of the upper hand thumb. The quarterback should keep his elbows and ball close to the midsection. The QB should receive the ball "well up" into both hands.Exchange of Ball The center must adjust the laces before the snap. The ball must SMACK into the crease of the upper hand quickly. The thumbs should be pressed together. with the toes pointed straight ahead. the body weight should be over the balls of the feet. The Lower hand should face the center's opposite foot. Both hands should be just back of the middle of the ball. with interlacing them an option. Pressure should be applied upward. fold under it with the lower hand. The exchange must be executed with speed. pointed toward the ground. The snap should be as hard as possible by the center. The quarterback should always stand tall. Make him feel the pressure. . When the ball SMACKS into the crease of the upper hand. The knees should be slightly bent to facilitate getting away from the center faster after taking the snap. The thumb of the upper hand may be under the thumb of the lower hand. The arms should always be kept slightly bent. The fingers of the lower hand should be extended and spread. The QB must keep pressure on the center's crotch until the ball is in his hands. If the ball hits the groove of the upper hand properly. The upper hand should be dead center in the center's crotch. Hands The upper hand should be pressed firmly against the center's crotch. This is the center's target. relaxed. you will hear the SMACK.
and rehudddle for their next play as another offensive unit is running a play. Offensive team huddles 5 to 7 yards from the football. with both hands remaining on the football or it can be done with ONE HAND. As offense breaks the huddle. Every offensive player should sprint off the ball full speed. 2. Offensive Huddle Drill Purpose: To give the quarterback practice in stepping into the huddle. 4. Once lined up. breaking the huddle in unison. including QB. 5. If you expect protection. Dropback Passing Fundamentals Setting to Pass 1. 3. 2. QB should always execute his fakes after handing off the ball. calling a play. should sprint to a yard line determined by coaches. QB steps into huddle and calls play and snap count. Coach signals play to quarterback from sideline. The width of the protection area is from the outside hip of one offensive tackle to the another. Entire offense. He then leads the huddle break and moves with the offense to the line of scrimmage. When possible. 3. Coaches should be sure huddle is exactly as they want it. it should be in unison as determined by coaches. 2. 4. you must understand the area we are trying to protect and stay there. follow a fake with your head and eyes. Then they should jog back. with the ball held close to the body with one hand and placing the empty hand against the ball carrier as he fakes by. Emphasis should be placed on perfect execution of the ball exchange between the quarterback and ball carrier. A good fake can be executed using TWO HANDS. and play is executed. Equipment: Football Procedure: 1. the QB calls the cadence and the ball is snapped on proper snap count. . and getting to the line of scrimmage and executing a running play.Faking A quarterback must be convincing when he fakes by having the proper attitude. No defense is needed for this drill Coaching Points: 1. to the outside.
11.Throw or run at first daylight. . 12.4 (5 and 2) (7 steps) .9. .6.Be certain to read the underneath coverage as the flare action (back swinging) may be your best receiver. The ball must be held chest high and with two hands. 5. the right foot. ready to unload quickly. 10. It is measured in length of stride: . Set up to pass in a good balanced position. It gives you time to look to your receiver and deliver the ball properly with the necessary timing. . The depth of the protection area is 9 yards. .After the ball is snapped.1 and 2 (3 steps) . you must study your reading area.7. The key to good passing technique is to drop off to the required distance with intense speed. . .At the snap.3.The first stride should be a long one. Setting up in the pocket must be done as quickly as possible. 9. (Pre-snap read) . Keep the ball chest high and in both hands. DISCIPLINE: the key to successful passing. The key to setting to pass with necessary speed is pushing or driving off the right foot. . It prevents sitting out and throws the body away from the line fast.Get away from the line of scrimmage as quickly as you can. Setting to pass as fast as possible without losing body control will aid your completion record. Our setup areas vary according to the type of pass (route or pattern) being thrown. move up into the pocket for additional protection and time.After reaching your setting spot.8. Unless the pattern requires pumping the ball.5 (3 and 2) (5 steps) 8. Break your sprint back with the right foot and get cocked and ready for delivery. 4. push of your key foot. Steps in drop must not be longer than can be controlled. It also enables the quarterback to follow the center on the snap. if the receiver is not open.Read the coverage before the ball is snapped. .7.You must use the proper footwork to fit the route run by the receiver in order to obtain good timing of the throw. Make a move into the pocket. . You must accomplish the following to become a top passer: . pound it into your left hand.3. 6.
Hang or sit on a plant foot. 15. Inside Zone. Types of Footwork on delivery: Hit -Throw. but these are three plays that have been very productive "shots" for touchdowns on mix downs. We have a great deal more variety than this. +50. Hit-Shuffle-Throw. 2. The basic throwing footwork is to push off rear foot. Use your best-run plays to set up your play action pass game. then throw. 14. Coaching Points for Play Action Passes 1. and Draw. step with forward foot parallel to target and throw. You must be willing to take a shot at a touchdown from anywhere on the field. run-straight away. and more especially. push off rear foot and shuffle along target line.Keep the ball chest high: hold the ball with two hands prepared for a quick delivery. This will result in a big loss. step and throw. Accomplish this and you have it made. 13. etc 3.Throw.never around.Hang or Sit. Wandering off and running around rushers hurts us. You must script and practice the play action pass you will use from various field positions: backed up inside own 5 yard line. If you don't like what you see and can't go to your outlet. Second and 20 kills us. Stay in the pocket and be oblivious to the rush. Our best play action shots come off our three basic run plays: Counter Gap. you. When you need more power. goal line. and after hesitation push. You must avoid the big loss. Put the ball in the air at the proper time with the proper speed and trajectory. Hit. . Make your move up and out. Second and ten is nothing. +25 +5. Good draw fake will freeze linebackers.
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