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Quarterback FundamentalsIn the Air Raid Offense
by: Matt Mumme
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Throughout the course of football history there have been many great quarterbacks to play the game of football. Some of the quarterbacks that I have enjoyed studying over the years are Joe Montana, John Elway and recently Peyton Manning and Ty Detmer. Ultimately the one thing that each one of these quarterbacks has in common is great fundamentals that took each one of their games to another level.
In our offensive scheme there are many demands on the quarterback. So repetition is the most important aspect that we talk about. For us to have success we must make the offense simple to communicate and have a high amount of reps in practice to be efficient. Along these lines the fundamental drills that our quarterbacks go through set up different scenarios that will happen to them in game type situations.
In season, we will work on each of these drills once a week and during the off-season I emphasize the importance of our quarterbacks doing these drills on their own. The reps will show up in their performance and you will know who worked the hardest.
Scramble Drill: Take a stand up dummy (imitates a D-lineman or LB) and set it a yard short of the depth you want your QB’s drop to be at. Set up a cone two yards deeper outside of the dummy and two more cones going toward the line of scrimmage.
Barrel Drill: Place a barrel in the back corner of the end zone. Make the centers and QB’s get on the five to ten yard line and work on taking their drops and putting good air on the ball to make it in the bucket. Purpose: Teach your QB to put touch on the ball like he would need to on a corner route or fade route. In the past, quarterbacks in this system such as Tim Couch and Martin Hankins have made huge plays off of having great fundamentals. At New Mexico State University we emphasize doing the little things that is what eventually will help you win.
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