- BE A LEADER: Set the standard for your teammates.
Leaders play inspired and are passionate about the game! They
are willing to sacrifice themselves and fight
for every yard they gain. They also are a good example on and
off the field. Leaders have great work ethic; so not only should
you be the first one there and the last one to leave, you should
also work harder than anyone there.
- BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME: First, study your
team's playbook inside and out! It is your job to know
the system and your terminology. As the quarterback, it is inevitable
that the other offensive players will eventually ask you for their
assignments...CHAMPION QB's know what every player does on every
play. Second, invest time in film study. Studying the plays
and play-calls in action will help you fully understand what you
have studied in the playbook. Identifying and Reading defenses
will make the difference between an average quarterback
and a CHAMPION QB.
- "AIM" FOR GREATNESS: Don't 'just
throw to throw!" Always stretch and warm-up properly (10,20,30
yds) with accuracy being your #1 priority. Have an aiming
point or "bull's eye" with every pass. I prefer the
target's NOSE, because even if you're slightly
off in accuracy, the pass is still in a place where the receiver
can catch it. On moving targets, Aim for "1
body in front" of your running receiver. Help your
receiver by giving him an accurate and catchable
- HAVE A SOLID BASE/FOUNDATION: Balance is everything.
Before each throw, ensure your shoulders are square to your target
and that your lead shoulder (sight) is locked
on your target. Relax the throwing elbow - keeping it down towards
your side, take a 'short step' to the target and execute a high
to low release, following through towards your target and
finishing with your thumb at your opposite pocket. This will allow
your pass to turnover with a spin &
- EXPLODE FROM CENTER: Get Back Fast!!
Make sure to explode away from under the center or from
the shotgun in all of your drops. Get away from the defensive
line/linebackers and their rush that is coming
- HAVE QUICK FEET: Good footwork is vital
for your drop and especially movement in the pocket. You need
to be able to make short, quick movements with your feet in order
to avoid the rush and maneuver
within the pocket!
- USE YOUR EYES TO LOOKOFF DEFENDERS: You know
the play...The defense doesn't
know the play; all they have to read is your eyes!
On a 3 step drop, hold the LB's with your eyes for at least 1
step; on a 5 step, hold the LB's/DB's for at least 3 steps; and
on a 7 step, hold the defense with your eyes down the middle for
at least 4 steps. Make sure not to stare-down or lock-on your
target until it is time to make the throw.
- I.H.O. IS HE OPEN! Is your receiver
open? If he is, hit him with an accurate and catchable
pass. If he isn't, throw it away, tuck it and
run for yardage, or take the sack. DO NOT risk throwing
an interception, turnovers will hurt you and your team. KEEP IT
- ALWAYS HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE: Everything
will not always go your way-it's a fact of the game! While you
cannot control everything in a game or practice, you can
control your attitude. Even when something negative
happens, remain positive! Exemplify a Winner- your teammates
are watching you and they need to see someone who doesn't
doubt...but who BELIEVES!
- SERVE YOUR TEAMMATES: As the quarterback,
you are in a leadership position. However, in order to lead
- you must first be willing to serve.
Show your teammates a selfless and unselfish player who puts them
first and always desire to make your teammates better: Throw extra
on the field; give spots in the weight room...go the extra mile
for your teammates. When this is done your team will not only
play for you...they will go to war for you.