Whenever thinking about the quarterback throwing motion from the outside in, it looks pretty simple to most. What if I were to tell you that the QB throwing motion is just as intricate as the golf swing? Well, it is! Quarterbacks of all ages will develop different motions based off of pre-requisite mobility/stability that they have, how they are taught, and the different motor patterns that they will acquire as they practice. No two quarterbacks look exactly the same, but as long as they follow a base set of principles in relation to the quarterback throwing motion, they will give themselves a chance to be successful. One part of the QB throwing motion that is often overlooked is the deceleration phase into the follow through. It’s great to be powerful and explosive to throw with velocity, but if you can’t control the body after the throw, you are setting yourself up for failure. This is like driving a Lamborghini without brakes. This doesn’t sound fun does it? Any time a QB fails to decelerate, he puts himself at high risk to be very inaccurate and also puts himself at high risk of injury. Check out today’s post to see what proper deceleration is and how to improve it!
Where are you in your life currently? Is it during a time of extreme happiness? Is it during a time of struggle? My brothers and I have all had times in our lives where we have felt like we were on top of the world and also at the lowest of lows. Did you know that it’s important to have these ups and downs of life from a biological perspective? Many times there our thoughts and way we live our lives dictate the decisions we make. Some people think about the mistakes they made in the past and get stuck on the “woulda, shoulda, coulda” mentality. If I would’ve just done this one thing differently or if I would gone down this certain road. Others are “forecasters”. They spend tons of mental energy prepping for the future and trying to plan. This could be for wealth, family, or whatever goal they have in mind. If you fall into either of these categories, you are most definitely in the wrong because the best time to live is the here and now! Check out today’s blog post to see why this is advantageous for your body, mind, and spirit!
Are you someone that gets nervous before games? Are you someone who analyzes every different situation, and most of the time it’s thinking about how a situation can go wrong during a game? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. I used to be this way as well. Before every football game I would throw up. During warm ups I couldn’t even put my mouth piece in my mouth because it would trigger my gag reflex. Talk about anxiety huh? Was I extremely prepared? Yes, I most definitely was. What about physically prepared? Absolutely. Then you might ask me “where was all of this nervousness and anxiety stemming from?” Well, it was from a lot of places and most of it was my own fault. We will talk about all of the different reasons for having anxiety before/during competition and how you can combat it in today’s blog post!
The idea of earning respect if somewhat of a lost art when it comes to the young population coming through the ranks. With instant gratification being something that is expected by most youth, the idea of earning something over a period of time seems like it is a thing of the past. The only problem with this is that it is IMPOSSIBLE to earn the respect of your coach in a short period of time. Though the many years of us Kiel brothers playing the QB position, we learned ways to efficiently earn the respect and trust of our coaches and also learned what types of things would tilt the scale the opposite direction as well. Today, we want to outline some of the top ways to earn the respect of your coaches and also how to MAINTAIN that respect.
We have a very interesting topic for y’all today. After many years of evaluating the QB position from the lens of a player, QB coach, physical therapist, and strength and conditioning coach, there are some common trends that we tend to see when trying to improve the play of a player that we work with. What we often fail to realize is that the player that presents to us at that moment in time likely already has some limitations within their body that they are going to have to fix in order for us to reach max potential for this player. You have heard us talk a lot about trunk stability, but there’s actually one area of the body where we tend to see a lot of limitation in that makes it extremely hard for quarterbacks to become the throwers that they want to be. Better see what that area is today!
I have some bad news for you. Bad things are sometimes going to happen to you in your life. The loss of a loved one, losing a job, having a car wreck, passing a kidney stone (these hurt), are all issues that people deal with ALL the time. Every single person in this world has something that they are dealing with while you are reading this sentence. Have you ever thought about that? The fact that everyone has issues. For me personally, it’s very easy for me to get wrapped up in my own problems to think about the fact that every other person I interact with has problems as well. Every quarterback has problems as well. The pressure that comes with the position and the demand that it takes to be good is something that only a quarterback can understand. Injuries, coaching changes, losing a starting job, being on bad teams, and getting scrutinized in the public eye are all types of hurdles that quarterbacks have to climb every single day! During these times of struggle it is important to understand a few key concepts to get you to the other side of the “adversity tunnel.” We are going to talk about 5 of them today in our blog post topic to help you thrive in these type of situations!
We have had some of the best so called quarterback coaches in the country. Brian Kelly at Notre Dame, Matt Canada (formerly at LSU/Maryland), Brad Cornelson and Justin Fuente at Virginia Tech, Darin Hinshaw at Kentucky, and Kevin Wilson at Ohio State. These guys have coached quarterbacks such as Jimmy Clausen, Andy Dalton, Sam Bradford, Paxton Lynch, DeShone Kizer, and Nathan Peterman. These guys are/were pretty good players right? We think so. What makes these guys such good quarterback coaches? Is it the technique they teach them, the expertise in X’s and O’s, or the psychological traits they teach them? Well, today we are going to break down the three silos that make up the traits needed to be a successful and explain how most “experts” only teach well in ONE of the THREE areas. Keep reading to understand what we are talking about and how to perfect your craft as a QB coach!