Play Calling Quarterback Alignment | QC Episode 147

Your Quarterback alignment may change frequently during a game. If it does, how do you communicate the change?

I’m surprised how much I get certain questions. This one falls in that category. How do you tell the Quarterback and Center what alignment they should be in – under center, pistol or shotgun?

The question reminds me of when I first started trying to learn offensive football. As a lifelong defensive player, I had no understanding of the mechanics of one of the most basic elements of football – the handoff. Yet, no one ever wrote about it or talked about it in videos.

Well there’s no need for you to be in the dark on this quarterback alignment issue. In this episode of the JDFB Quick Clinic, I’ll talk about how you can communicate (or not communicate) the desired quarterback alignment to your guys from the sideline.

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