1 QB and Center in the drill. Four other QB's or managers and a minimum of one receiver or manager will be needed. Place QB on a yard-line under center, with the other QB's/managers lined up as defensive personnel, have them align in 2 techniques and 9 techniques.
On the snap the QB will execute a 5-7 step drop with proper mechanics. On the 3rd step the coach (who is behind the QB) will signal one of the defensive personnel to rush. The QB will execute his assigned drop then use proper mechanics to avoid the rush.
·On a strong outside rush to his throwing side, he will hitch step forward while maintaining proper throwing position.
·On a strong inside rush to his throwing side, he will loose ground and shuffle to that side while maintaining proper mechanics.
·On a strong inside rush to his back side, he will loose ground and shuffle to that side while maintaining proper mechanics.
·On a strong outside rush to his back side, he will loose ground and pivot out to his back side, deeper than the rush then get back into throwing position.
After each rush the QB is to deliver the ball to the Receiver, who is placed in one of the above positions. When the QB's become proficient at the drill it can be used with multiple receivers, all four linemen rushing (one with a stronger push), or any other variation.
While under center, make sure the QB has proper posture and is scanning the field.
The major coaching points are to ensure proper pocket and throwing mechanics, focusing eyes downfield rather than on the rush, and footwork in avoiding the rush.
Teaches QB's proper footwork, a "feel in the pocket", and poise. This is also a good drill to help develop foot work, confidence, receiver recognition, and the ability to create the "big play".