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Quarterback Mechanics

How Any QB Can Improve His Timing, Footwork & Completion Percentage

Learning and mastering the right quarterback mechanics is essential to every aspect of the position: passing, rushing, avoiding sacks and, ultimately, helping the team win.

But unfortunately, some of the most talented QBs in high schools around the nation never learn the proper mechanics and therefore never reach their full potential. In fact, a lack of training and knowledge from high school coaches prevents many of these players from going on to future careers in the game.

Simply put: if the coaches don’t know the proper quarterback mechanics (or don’t have the time or resources to work individually with their QBs), then the player may never achieve greatness. This is a vital part of any Quarterback Camp that must be included.

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Sound familiar?

  1. You have an aspiring quarterback with huge potential – but something is missing that is preventing him from succeeding on the field.
  2. You aren’t sure if the player should have his own, individual quarterback workouts, or what those workouts should be.
  3. You’ve searched online for tips on the best QB drills, but it’s difficult to apply them or the information is lacking.
  4. You or your QB have your sights set on a professional football career, but a lack of the proper training is holding you back.
  5. You’re worried that the player may never be found by scouts unless he steps up his game. Or, worse: that improper mechanics could increase the risk of injury and ruin his career before even getting started.

Don’t let these concerns stop you from giving the player the training he needs. A professional quarterback camp can help him:

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Master the proper mechanics

Learn the most effective quarterback drills

Get individualized instruction from the best quarterback coaches in the world

Significantly increase his skill level

Help his team win more games

Increase his exposure to college & NFL scouts


Let’s take a closer look at how a QB can benefit from learning the right mechanics, and where to find a training program that will propel his ability.

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Why Do Quarterback Mechanics Matter?

How a quarterback moves on the field is a critical component of how well he is able to make plays. From simply handling the ball to ducking, twisting, and maintaining balance, the QB must be able to move his body properly. A failure to do so will result in more sacks, fumbles and an inability to connect with receivers.

Having the right quarterback mechanics can vastly improve his skill level on all fronts. The player must be prepared for every situation and know exactly how to move in each play.

20130525 Steve Clarkson Field 0412 300x200 Quarterback MechanicsWhen a play begins, a quarterback must react immediately. If he’s passing, he has only moments to find (and connect with) his target. If he’s handing the ball off, he has even less time to make the play happen.

Having the right timing is crucial. The QB must develop an instinctive-like ability to make fast decisions. He must know when to get rid of the ball, when to hold it and when to release it. Even a modest improvement in timing can result in massive success on the field.

Proper footwork is essential for both timing and overall quarterback mechanics. Every quarterback should devote a significant amount of practice time to mastering the way he moves his feet in every type of play.

Having the right footwork can help a quarterback throw farther and more accurately, move faster, and stay on his feet longer.

Muscle strength is the foundation of all quarterback mechanics. The right drills and workouts can help quarterbacks boost strength throughout their body and enhance their performance tremendously. A good training camp will show a QB the most effective strategies for building muscle in his arms, legs, back and neck.

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Learn Quarterback Mechanics At
Steve Clarkson’s Elite QB Camps

Youth and high school quarterbacks who want to take their skills to the next level can gain professional, QB-focused instruction at one of Steve Clarkson Dreammaker’s elite quarterback camps.

DSC 0441 e1383077825961 280x300 Quarterback MechanicsNamed by ESPN as “the most powerful quarterback coach in football,” Steve Clarkson gives aspiring QBs the opportunity to learn from the pros, fine-tuning their quarterback mechanics through intense training and drills. The Steve Clarkson Dreammaker training programs provide rigorous on-the-field instruction, as well as mentorship on how to act professionally off the field and set the right expectations for recruitment.

Our programs consistently receive exposure by prominent media outlets, like HBO Sports and Sports Illustrated, putting many of our participants in the national spotlight.

Steve Clarkson and his elite team of coaches provide an unparalleled level of training, helping players to significantly improve their ability. Our attendees range from the nation’s most highly touted prospects to the best undiscovered talent in the country, as well as players who simply want to help their teams win back home.

Contact us to learn more about Steve Clarkson Dreammaker and find out where you can attend one of our elite quarterback camps.

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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: 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


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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