Quote from Coach Aguilar

Drop-Back Mechanics

  • Without the proper footwork on your drop, you will find it very difficult to get into a good rhythm … and if you don’t have rhythm when you drop, you won’t have rhythm when you throw. Always keep in mind that any movement prior to the throw is part of the throw.
  • To enhance an explosive 1st step and eliminate false stepping with left foot off your stance … you should have weight transfer to your left foot. Just before the snap, shift your weight ratio to 70% on your left foot and 30% on your right. On any drop, your first step is the longest and most explosive step.
  • I want my quarterbacks to drop-back really gracefully … being light on their feet and staying smooth.
  • The two basic ways are the crossover and the backpedal techniques. The crossover is the quickest and with the backpedal, it’s just harder to get your weight going forward again.
  • When you open at 6 o’clock and your 1st step touches the ground, insure that “Camera B” on your left shoulder is facing directly at the original alignment of the center. At that same point, the ball should be at your right digit of your jersey and your chin should be on your left shoulder.
  • The quarterback should have two hands on the ball 99.9% of the time.
  • Keep your footwork close to the top of the grass. If your feet tread heavily on the ground … your head will jolt as well. Keep your eyes level and your head steady.
  • Get away form the center quickly and with rhythm … while maintaining a stretch on your drop. Avoid your drops being too shallow.
  • Keep your head looking downfield as long as possible. That way it looks the same no matter where you’re going to throw. That’s the quarterback’s version of a poker face.
  • Don’t get all tightened up, and fight yourself through your drop. Don’t think so much about what you’re suppose to be doing with your feet or you’ll end up not doing much with what they’ve got in your hands. That’s why it is so critical that you work hard on your footwork.
  • Some common threads on each of the drops are that you need to keep both hands on the ball with the point to the ground. Also, you need to hold the ball about 3 inches in front of chest, moving the ball for rhythm from digit-to-digit of your jersey. Stay close to your body with both elbows tucked in to protect your ribcage and reducing the chance of rusher getting inside your arm to strip the ball.
  • I want the drop to be perfect because that sets up everything else. The perfect drop is simply put … has no wasted steps, good rhythm, a productive balance, and when the drop is finished … finding yourself in the correct position to throw the football. Time is critical … if you get a bad start, it is very difficult to make up ground. Quarterbacks must drill properly and work hard on their drops because any movement prior to the throw is part of the throw.
  • Quick Drop: To throw left, step with your right foot behind and across your left foot, then “hang-technique” and lead-step with your left foot to throw left. This will allow you to set up very quickly to throw left. To throw right, step about 12 inches with your right foot at 5 o’ clock as you “hang-technique” to throw right.
  • 1-Step Drop: With your shoulders square and to throw left, power step straight back with your right foot about 16-24 inches at 6 o’ clock, then “hang-technique” and lead-step with your left foot to throw left. To throw right, power step back about 16-24 inches with right foot at 5 o’ clock as you “hang-technique” to throw right.
  • 2-Step Drop: With your shoulders square and to throw left, step straight back with your left foot about 12 inches at 6 o’ clock, plant your right foot to set your body to throw left, then “hang-technique” and lead-step with your left foot to throw left. With your shoulders square, and to throw right, step straight back with your left foot about 12 inches at 6 o ‘clock, then step back 12 inches at 5 o’ clock as you “hang-technique” to throw right.
  • 3-Step Drop: Regardless of the side you’re throwing, the first step of this drop is the longest and most powerful. To throw left, on your crossover step, pivot your left foot to start setting your body to throw left, take a short 3rd step with right foot and plant it plant it under your right hip, lead-step with your left foot to throw left. To throw right, on your crossover step, pivot your right foot to start setting your body to throw right, take a short 3rd step with right foot and plant just in front of the 2nd step, perpendicular to your target, lead-step and throw right. Plays using this drop are designed to be 1, 2, 3, gone so they develop very quickly! Timing is more critical on these passes than any of the others. This means setting up in the pocket as quickly as possible.
  • Big 5-Step Drop: Regardless of the side you’re throwing, the first 3 steps are strong … but on the 4th step, you want to catch your weight to straighten up your spine and chin angles. This allows gathering your 5th step and getting under control so you can hitch and throw quickly. Now, this is where the difference comes in. To throw left, plant your right foot 24 inches outside your right hip, step and throw left. To throw right, plant your right foot 24 inches outside your right hip, step and throw right. Your depth should be at 7 yards. You don’t deliver the ball as quickly with the hitch … but a hitch does increase you velocity, it improves your timing, and it maintains your rhythm on your throws.
  • Quick 5-Step Drop: Regardless of the side you’re throwing, the first 3 steps are strong … but on the 4th step, you want to catch your weight to straighten up your spin and chin angles. This allows gathering your 5th step and getting under control so you can throw quickly. Now, this is where the difference comes in. To throw left, plant your right foot under your right hip, step and throw left. To throw right, plant your right foot under your right hip, step and throw right. Your depth should be at 6 yards.
  • Sprint-Out: Your first step is at 5:30-6:00 o ‘clock, then take a crossover step to a landmark of 6½-7 yards behind the original alignment of your offensive tackle. This will set a natural arch for the path outside. When you’re behind the tackle area … be certain your body is coming down-hill to insure you are a threat as both a runner and passer.
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"The Alamo City Quarterback Camp is the most complete Quarterback Camp I have ever been involved with. Coach Aguilar goes through the complete package of Quarterback play both on and off the field."

David Sanchez, Head Football Coach - United High School