In this episode of USA Football’s Coach and Coordinator podcast, host Keith Grabowski shares another page from his notebook. This time, he discusses how calibrating the passing game and focusing on the details can help the passing game from the mid-season on.
Coach Grabowski’s gap escape drill and game application:
00:19 An example of how rhythm and timing is affected on game day
01:05 Evaluate how a wrinkle affects the timing for QB and receivers
01:30 Background in learning from Homer Smith’s teaching
02:20 1.8, 2.4 and 3.0 as key points in a progression
02:43 Value of understating the details of your concepts especially as related to timing
03:21 Understanding common calibration times
03:35 Move eyes and feet through the progression
03:50 Timing of common routes
04:21 Escape route for the QB as part of the progression
04:45 Dub Maddox and Dan Gonzalez rhythm features of their system
05:26 Navigation tags
05:38 Rhythm feature as applied to QB drop
06:15 Rhythm feature as applied to receivers
06:55 Benefits of using the rhythm feature
07:45 Routes requiring hitch steps in QB drop
08:30 Counting receiver steps
09:29 Using the stop watch in practice and film to calibrate the passing game
11:35 Evaluation through calibration
11:47 Quick game timing
12:10 Defensive considerations to hurt calibration
12:29 RPO calibration
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