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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT QUARTERBACK COACH

A good quarterback coach can help an aspiring player improve his skills dramatically – but it’s crucial that you work with the right person.

If you’re in the process of searching for quarterback coaches, then you probably have a player who is already displaying talent but could be even better with the right instruction. Partnering with an inexperienced QB coach could actually be very detrimental to the player’s ability. This is why finding the best quarterback camp is so important!

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Dangers of choosing an inexperienced coach:

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  1. Improper instruction could lead to unnecessary mistakes on the field.
  2. Wrong throwing techniques and body movements could put the player at risk of serious injury.
  3. Incorrect education could hurt the player’s sense of timing and chemistry with other players – when it matters most.
  4. The instructor won’t have enough training about the professional recruitment process or how to prepare the player for high school or college play.
  5. You could end up wasting your money completely on a private coach that does little for the player’s skills.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

With so many resources available, it’s easy to find the best quarterback coaches in football. And that’s exactly what it’s going to take for a player to truly enhance his ability, whether he’s one of the nation’s most highly touted prospects, or just a youth player who wants to help his team win.

Below, you’ll find several simple tips that will help you narrow your options and find the right instructor.

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QUARTERBACK COACH COMPARISON TIPS

Check their experience.
Has the quarterback coach played on a professional level, in college or in the NFL? How long has he been coaching? Has he coached on any pro teams? What is his experience working with youths or high school players?

Experience is perhaps the most important factor in determining the quality of instruction that the player will receive. So make sure to look carefully at credentials before you make your final decision.

Ask about the specific types of drills and techniques that will be taught.
steve7 248x300 HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT QUARTERBACK COACHQuarterback drills should be a key part of the player’s training, but not all drills are the same. Ask the coach or his staff what types of drills are performed and exactly what the benefits are.

If you get vague answers, or it sounds like the drills are just basic calisthenics (rather than specific QB instruction), then the coach may not be the right option.

Think twice before working with local, part-time coaches.
It’s increasingly common for former high school coaches to offer private instruction to youth QBs. But just because someone coached your hometown team doesn’t mean they’ll be able to help the player unlock his true potential.

If you’re going to invest in hiring a coach (and in the player’s future), then you’ll get the greatest value by working with professionals who coach QBs for a living.

See what others are saying.
Testimonials, reviews and the names of successful alumni are all good ways to judge the quality of quarterback coaching. Have previous players who worked with the coach gone on to successful careers? What do parents and school coaches of those players say about the instructor?

Ask around to see what you can find out from others who have worked with the coach before. If the instructor is regarded as one of the best, then you’ll know it pretty quickly. Conversely, if you can’t find anything about the instructor, then you should probably look for someone else.

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WHY WORK WITH A QUARTERBACK COACH AT ALL?

There are numerous benefits to working with a skilled instructor who has extensive experience coaching quarterbacks:

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  1. They can help QBs improve not only their own gameplay, but their chemistry with the entire team.
  2. They help players to become better leaders and communicators on and off the field.
  3. They assist quarterbacks in unleashing their full talent with drills and techniques that are taught in the pros.
  4. They can help a player shine on the field to improve the chances of being noticed by future college coaches and scouts.
  5. They provide valuable instruction based on real-world experience as professional players and coaches on winning teams.
  6. They know the best tactics and techniques for improving throwing skills, footwork, timing, and every other aspect of the position.
  7. They can educate players on what to expect, not just on the field, but also in terms of the pressure and scrutiny that comes with being the best.

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If you’re looking for a professional quarterback coach to help a young player significantly improve his abilities, Steve Clarkson Dreammaker offers several powerful camps that can help.

20130525 Steve Clarkson Field 0132 e1383080344485 300x298 HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT QUARTERBACK COACHNamed “the most powerful QB coach in football” by ESPN, Steve Clarkson is widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on the quarterback position. His elite quarterback camps, based out of Southern California, are attended by aspiring players from all over the United States. Our athletes include tomorrow’s biggest stars, as well as youth athletes who simply want to be better for their teams back home.

Coach Clarkson and his football camps have been consistently recognized as the best of their kind in top sports media outlets, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, HBO Sports, the NFL Network and others. His lengthy list of alumni includes names like Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Cassel, Matt Leinart, Jimmy Clausen, Josh Freeman, Jake Locker, and Matt Barkley.

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Disclaimer: Now before you read this blog, let’s make it clear that I am an AJ McCarron fan.  I think he is poised beyond his years and if you need proof, just check my tweets.

 This is a huge weekend for the “quarterback position” for this years’ upcoming NFL draft.  It’s the time of the year when the top college QB prospects will get grilled and prodded like a Bone-in Rib-Eye.  Yes!  You guessed it…The NFL Combine. 

For a few it’s a time to build your case on why a team should select you.  Others will be left to pick up the pieces on what was once a promising career.  For some of these prospects the wheels were wobbly even before getting to this point.  Example: AJ McCarron of Alabama, who I love coming out of their bowl game.  Only to not participate in the Senior Bowl, and to follow that up by NOT participating in the throwing drills at the combine, this I just don’t understand.  AJ’s biggest asset is his LEADERSHIP qualities! Furthermore, his very impressive resume, which includes two National Titles (which could have easily been three), and a possible Heisman Trophy (had it not been for a freak field goal return for a touchdown). 

Up until this point AJ McCarron has done everything right……However, by not playing in the Senior Bowl AJ missed the chance to show just how valuable he could be to a team.  Especially those looking for a potential franchise quarterback in the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Joe Montana.  By doing so he went against what he has always done best, and that is to COMPETE! 

Again, I want to be very clear…I’ve always been a huge fan of AJ and I’ve taken plenty of heat for doing so.  I just don’t agree with this approach when he has so much to gain and not nearly as much to lose.  What is the down side?  That your arm wasn’t the strongest in draft?  No secret, we all know that.  But we also know that there is no other quarterback who was better prepared to seize the moment, like AJ, the Quarterback that played for Americas most demanding Coach (Nick Saban) and Fan Base (Alabama).

 Furthermore, to make things more frustrating you have decided to PASS at the NFL Combine, where the throws are very simplistic and not as challenging as most people think.  So by skipping the Senior Bowl AND the throwing portion of the combine you are taking the all or nothing approach, (just throwing at Pro Day) which could lead to the biggest upset of your career.

 AJ, you are a true competitor and champion.  But you know better than anyone what can happen when you put all yours eggs in one play!  #GoingForTheFieldGoal instead of playing safe for overtime!  You Remember…  

 Good Luck AJ!!!  Hope you have a Rabbits Foot!  If not I’ll put one in the mail.

Roll Tide! 

Posted: February 14, 2014, 1:39 am

Interesting topic for debate brought to you by Jason La Confora of CBS: 

http://mweb.cbssports.com/nfl/writer/jason-la-canfora/24438540/face-it-nfl-quarterbacks-are-underpaid-and-salary-cap-is-way-too-low which suggests that NFL quarterbacks are greatly underpaid compared to other sports stars and entertainers.  For years I’ve always felt that the NFL has missed the boat by not protecting and compensating their most valuable asset.  

Finally, someone else agrees with my way of thinking…  

The top tier quarterbacks should be exempt from the salary cap, which has gone in reverse since 2009.  Even though at the same time individual NFL Team profits have gone up!  Did you know that the NFL just set a world record for views on a “single telecast” with more than…………….One-Hundred- and-Eighteen- MILLION viewers who tuned for the #SuperBowl48.  Yes, Peyton Manning was awful but he WAS, and will continue TO BE box office!  This was accomplished by Peyton playing his entire career in a small market!  

Due to the all salary cap restrictions…the NFL’s richest team owner, Paul Allen has had the luxury of owning a Porsche while only having to pay for the price of a Volkswagen!  What a deal?  Or steal?  

Let’s face it…Eddie Murphy hasn’t made a good flick since “Coming to America," yet he still gets 20 MILLION a film!  

"Ba,ba,ba,ba,ba,ba, BOOM!  Help!  Eddie!  Aunt Bunny fell down the Steps!"

Posted: February 11, 2014, 9:07 pm

All quarterbacks should take note for their off season…This guy right here…Russell Wilson

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He talks about his drive to be “better than yesterday & better tomorrow than today.” I think the biggest asset to Russell Wilson’s game is his ability to HANDLE THE MOMENT. He doesn’t ever look at what WAS or what WILL be, just what IS and the importance of being the most efficient player on the field every single down! As a quarterback coach, one of the first things I look for in a QB is his ability to create a NEGATIVE into a POSITIVE.

Russell Wilson continues to impress me with his ability to come up with big timely plays when needed the most. There have been times this past season where Russell has not had a great game statistically, but when needed most has made a key throw or run to keep drives alive. Which then led to game winning moments. Maybe the most impressive thing about his game has been his ability to avoid the big hits and remain heathy. Today’s game is very challenging for the style in which Russell plays so that’s a huge accomplishment! Just ask RGIII!

Posted: February 6, 2014, 9:31 pm

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