It’s truly amazing how fast a year goes by. Dusty and I started The QB Docs Podcast one year ago and we are now 104 episodes in. We have had 27,000 downloads across a span of 50 countries. It’s been amazing to see the response. We truly thank any of you that are reading this that listen to the podcast as well. We have been able to talk to many great guests that surround the football arena from physical therapists to college coaches. We even got to talk to some yoga experts and strength and conditioning experts. With that said, we want to recap the top 5 downloaded podcast episodes from this past year.
For anyone that has ever worked with us, they always ask the same question: “Why do you guys work on footwork so much?” Well let us answer that question for you today. If you take a global look at the quarterback position during the course of a play during a game, what does this look like during a pass play? Well, the quarterback takes position either under center or in the shotgun. From there he is scanning the defense to see what the pre-pass look is. Digesting the front, leverage of the linebackers and what type of shell the secondary is in, he is making many decisions before the ball is snapped. Once he decides that they are in a good play, he then snaps the ball.
At the snap of the ball, this is where the magic happens. The quarterback takes his drop or performs his play action footwork, while also now reading the defense post snap. This is HARD! The defense has the ability to disguise what they are doing before the snap so the QB has to digest what is going on in a split second and make a good decision for his team. From the snap to the throw, this is the most crucial period and the footwork is what gets us set up before the throw in order to pick up a big gain downfield. If the footwork is poor, this will lead to bad decision making and poor positioning in a quarterback’s pre-pass position when he does want to throw. This is why we practice!! Let’s look a little further here at how we can perfect this critical period from the snap to the throw.
When most quarterback coaches talk about throwing, they talk about it in reference to throwing from a “platform” or “pre-pass position.” This is the position that quarterbacks stand from in the pocket and then throw from to their receivers downfield. Well, there’s another platform that players throw from as well which is very different from throwing from a stance. This would be throwing on the run! We are very scientific when we break down this position and we have noticed some very big differences in guys that have great ability to throw on the move compared to those that don’t. Today, we explain the why throwing on the run is so different and how you can ultimately improve this ability by improving in certain areas. Don’t miss today’s blog post players and coaches! We plan to blow your minds!
In the second part of this blog topic, we will be talking about how to identify the issues that were brought to the surface last week, along with how to fix them. 99% of football players are going to present with some sort of decreased ankle mobility. That’s just the nature of the beast. Where we go from here is going to determine how much performance you are going to allow yourself to put back on the table, but also how much you are going to decrease your injury risk as well. Quit hiding from this problem players! Do you want low back pain, ACL tears, hip pain, ingrown toe nails, plantar fasciitis, patellar tendonitis, or even shoulder issues? Yes, I said shoulder issues because of your lack of ankle range of motion. If you want these problems, then continue to perform with this issue. If you want to be an exceptional quarterback and increase your chance to stay on the field, then you better read this today!
The ankle joint is our favorite joint as we coach a lot of football players because 99% of the players that we work with have some sort of dysfunction here. When you have dysfunction at the ankle, especially when it comes to stability or range of motion in dorsiflexion (2 most common issues), these problems will create issues all the way up the chain. This is very important for athletes, especially quarterbacks, on many fronts as we will dive deep into why this would be a problem. This is a must read everyone because 99% of us present with this issue. Let’s take a look!
This past week we were fortunate enough to give a presentation to a group of football players that are getting ready for the NFL combine, all star games, and pro days when they come in March/April. When asking them the question “What are the areas of performance?”, we were shocked to hear that a lot of them only considered training the primary area of improving performance. We thought this was pretty crazy considering that the training is only a very small part of the equation. Today, we want to outline all of the different parts of performance and give our Top 20 Tips For Improving Performance For Athletes.