Quote from Coach Aguilar

Pocket Movement

  • As a quarterback …among the most insulting comments you can have made to you is that you don’t have the courage to stand in the pocket when the rush is getting close. That’s crushing … it’s degrading. The problem is simply that you may not have the knowledge of the proper mechanics involved and you may not know what drills to use to enhance your movement and confidence in the pocket.
  • I want my quarterbacks to be mobile, but mobility has to happen more behind the line of scrimmage and inside the pocket. By far, the safest place for a quarterback to move after he drops back is not right or left. It’s almost always straight ahead, because the pass rushers are going up the field and you can see your passing lanes. When you step up in the pocket, you create space, time to throw, and running as well as throwing both remain options.
  • Once you begin running laterally you’ve limited your throwing options. You must realize that when you go sideways, you can really only throw the ball toward the sideline you’re running to because it’s difficult to throw the ball straight down the field, unless you have space to come down hill. Moreover, defensive linemen get off their blocks because your offensive linemen don’t know where you’re going.
  • Young quarterbacks’ immediately think … “run, run, run”. Then with some specific drills, it gets to the point where they think … “look, run”. Then later with more practice … “it’s look, look, run”. My drills will develop a better understanding that moving to gain more time to throw is usually more effective than moving to run.
  • If the quarterback doesn’t see his receiver … it’s because he either lacks the knowledge on how to get in the line-of-sight or he lacks the patience to stand in there and try to find the open man. As the quarterback gets more and more reps, the picture he sees will become clearer and clearer … and the opponent’s movement seems to slow down while the quarterback’s speeds up.
  • As a quarterback, you need to able to move every once in a while when the system breaks down … and have the perfect instincts to know when the pass isn’t going to happen … and it’s time to run.
  • Your footwork needs to be so effective that it borders on being great as far as maneuvering just enough to avoid the rush and being a more productive quarterback. You need to master your movement around the pocket and shuffling to get in the line of sight or to get extra time to throw. You must move with the effectiveness that you need to buy that extra time. You don’t have to be the fastest guy on the team to be able to buy yourself some time in the pocket.
  • I don’t want you to just turn and run and end up out of position to throw the football. When you shuffle and you move, you must stay in a throwing position … shoulders parallel to the sideline, head turned down the field, toes facing the sideline in the perfect position to throw. Through drills you must practice to the point where you do this exceptionally well.
  • The ratio is 10:1 when it comes to big plays created with the quarterback moving in the pocket, giving himself that extra second to throw … instead of running.
  • Once in the pocket … keep your feet active but quiet and always maintain your proper footwork and throwing position.
  • Most rushes and blitzes will come from the quarterback’s outside and blind side.
  • A quarterback can’t become uncommonly vulnerable when he completely freezes verses the rush.
  • Verses the pass rush, step up, remain poised and don’t get in the habit of giving up on the plays. The defense wants to see “happy feet” … nervously shuffles his your when the pressure heats up. That type of movement is not going to help you deliver the ball quickly.
  • Always remember your progression and what route develops the quickest in that particular pass play in case something bad happens. Every pass route has its own ideal point of completion.
  • Escapes are used when protection has totally collapsed and the quarterback needs to get out. If the potential tackler is approaching hard from the left … drop step your foot away from the line of scrimmage at a 45 degree angle to the sideline and where he is coming from. Snapping your head around will turn shoulder around quicker. You are in essence using his momentum against him. If the potential tackler is approaching hard from the right … drop step your foot away from the line of scrimmage at a 45 degree angle to the sideline and where he is coming from.
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"Coach Aguilar has positioned himself as one of the best teachers of QB fundamentals in the profession."

Juan Castillo, Offensive Line Coach - Philadelphia Eagles