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Offline Grizzliescoach

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Creating a New QB
« on: March 04, 2012, 11:43:41 AM »
I am coaching a midget team(15-17) this year. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances we are with out a QB among our returning players.  The prospects for an incoming QB are uncertain at this time.
We do have a couple of players who we may be able to develop and mold into serviceable QBs.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should concentrate on or tips to help with the development of a QB from (almost) scratch?

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Re: Creating a New QB
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 12:05:45 PM »
As a QB coach, I highly reccommend picking up some of Darin Slacks materials..

I just spent 2 days with Dub Maddox at the AC glazier, and can tell you it's probably the most in depth position material thats out there.

I spend the last coule years focusing on QB play and what I can tell you from hearing various speakers on the topic of QB development

the MOST important thing all of them stressed was accuracy, above and beyond all else you need a kisd who can put the ball where it needs to go .

According to Noel Mazzone (OC at UCLA) the most important things he looks for in a QB

1) Accuracy
2) Decision making
3) Moblity
4) Creativity- Can use his athleticism
5) Arm strength-
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Re: Creating a New QB
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012, 01:02:57 PM »
Don't confuse throwing ability with quarterbacking. There is a difference between a "thrower" and a "passer".
Find a leader here, first.
Try to put your most athletic kid in this position.
He's going to touch the ball on every play, so I like to find a kid who could take a mishandled snap and still make a positive play from this.
Then you can either select or adapt the rest of the offense around this kid's abilities.
Offenses such as the Single Wing or Double Wing are not QB dependent, and can do quite well with a kid with lesser passing abilities.
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Re: Creating a New QB
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2012, 05:41:19 PM »
I am coaching a midget team(15-17) this year. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances we are with out a QB among our returning players.  The prospects for an incoming QB are uncertain at this time.

We do have a couple of players who we may be able to develop and mold into serviceable QBs.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should concentrate on or tips to help with the development of a QB from (almost) scratch?
If it's compatible with your offense (i.e. you don't need symmetric moves away from center in both directions), I recommend sidesaddle positioning of the QB to simplify the C-QB exchange and thereby get that out of the way fast.  Other than that, there are a lot of C-QB exchange techniques, but they all depend to some degree on feel between a particular C and a particular QB.  From what I've seen, second safest to sidesaddle is snapping the ball without rotating its long axis to a QB whose palms face down with thumbs overlapping, which seems more forgiving than any of the V-in-the-wrists methods.  Even with sidesaddle, you have the choice of overlapping thumbs making a basket, or the baseball-style stop-and-scoop.

The rest is up to your team's style and system of offense.  Except for having to do a C-QB exchange (assuming by "quarterback" you mean a player in QB position and not shotgun), quarterback in one offense can have to do very different things from QB in another.

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Re: Creating a New QB
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2012, 10:25:30 AM »
Having coached the QB position in HS I agree with both Rich and bignose.  Find the one player who you can depend on to handle the ball every snap first.  He may not fit your current system, but he can serve as your primary weapon.  Spring training is where we began drilling and evaluating

1. Accuracy
2. Snap/exchange
3. Handoffs
4. Footwork/mechanics
5. Strengths and Weaknesses

Decision making IMO comes as the QB learns to utilize the offensive system.  We had a kid who was deadly accurate up to 10 maybe 15yds.  After that forget about it.  The HC wanted to be a vertical team but we went with more of a traditional west coast allowing the QB to make short precise throws, which was his strength.
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Re: Creating a New QB
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2012, 11:07:20 AM »
If I was in that age bracket and had no QBs with experience
It would be a no-brainer
Run the SIngle Wing
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Re: Creating a New QB
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2012, 01:01:55 PM »
If I was in that age bracket and had no QBs with experience
It would be a no-brainer
Run the SIngle Wing
Much as I love single wing, the original poster probably has a choice between replacing QBs and replacing the entire offensive system, which is a bigger to-do.  Depends how closely he's wedded to what he's been running, of course.  The bio stuff under his name on the left says "multiple".

Of course if he took my suggestion of sidesaddle placement, the next thing that would suggest itself would be single wing, since historically the placement of the QB like that generally went with a form of single wing, box, or similar thrown-snap system, although the fan I've got doing it in Texas has it in the context of a power Y & jet/fly-oriented system.
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