Whether you're trying to become the best quarterback you can or a coach developing and teaching a young pup, pay attention to the football drills you find on this page.
Keep in mind that you want to use a variety of quarterback drills so as to not bore the players and to also work on a number of football skills. We've chosen some drills we feel will help you accomplish both objectives.
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Coaches - The following football drills will develop your quarteback's hand-eye coordination as well as his ball handling skills. Both the strong hand and weak hand will be put to use, thus reducing the number of bad snaps or fumbled hand-offs. This will equal less turnovers. Every coach's wish!
Football Quarterback Drills
The first five drills help ball control skills.
Quarterback Drill #1 Grip Drill
With palm facing down, the quarterback grips the ball and moves the ball up and down. With each motion, be sure they re-grip the football. After at least 15 reps, repeat drill with the other hand.
Football Quarterback Drill #2 Drop Drill
Extend arm from the body and hold ball with palm facing down. Drop the ball and then re-grip instantly. Bring football back to starting point and repeat at least 15 times. Repeat drill with opposite hand. You can also do both hands at same time by using two footballs.
Quarterback Drill #3 Drop and Rotate Drill
Same as the Drop Drill except that as the ball is dropped, the quarterback rotates his hand around the ball before re-gripping it.
Perform at least 15 reps with each hand, then try with two hands at the same time.
Football Quarterback Drill #4 Spin Drill
With palm facing down, hold the ball at one end.
With a flick of the fingers, give the ball a full back spin so it lands on the back of the hand.
With the back of the hand, flick the ball into a full front spin and re-grip the ball with palm facing down again.
Do at least 15 reps with each hand.
Quarterback Drill #5 Basketball Drill
Just like a basketball point guard, move the ball from hand to hand behind the back and between the legs. Do at least 3 sets that last 25-30 seconds each. Perform this football drill as fast as you can.
The next set of quarterback drills will help develop the proper mechanics of the delivery, release, follow-through, drop, throwing on the run, etc.
Football Quarterback Drill #6 Knee Drill
Objective - To develop the proper wrist snap and release of the ball.
Action - Begin the football quarterback drill with the QB's on both knees. Align them about five yards apart. The first QB gets the proper grip, lifts the football like he would when taking the snap and passes the ball to his partner. Be sure the ball is brought up near the ear, the follow-through is straight at the receiver with palm down. After ten reps back and forth, move the players five yards further apart and continue football drill from there.
Coaching Details - Check for proper grip with opposite hand securing the ball. Be sure follow-through is correct and pay attention to accuracy.
Football Quarterback Drill #7 Alternate Knee Drill
Repeat QB drill #6 with the right knee down, then with the left knee down.
Football Quarterback Drill #8 Wrong Foot Drill
Objective - Teach to throw off the wrong foot when scrambling.
Action - (Reverse this for lefties) The right foot is forward with toes pointed in direction of throw. As the pass is made, shift weight forward onto the ball of the right foot.
Coaching Details - Emphasize the correct rotation of the hips and shoulders to reach the proper "delivery" position.
Football Quarterback Drill #9 Release/Follow-Through Drill
Objective - Develop a proper release and follow-through.
Action - Align your quarterbacks with shoulders facing (standing sideways to one another) and about 7-10 yards apart. As the first player makes the pass, he rotates his hips properly in order to get the shoulder around for a good throwing motion. Partner repeats the process and returns the pass. Move the QB's 15 yards apart, repeat the football drill. Repeat at 20 yards.
Coaching Details - Check grip, hip rotation, release and follow-through.
Football Quarterback Drill #10 Drop-Back Drill
Objective - Develop the three, five and seven step drop-backs.
Action - Quarterback starts in the pre-snap stance and on coach's whistle, performs a three step drop. On the third step, he should be set and ready for a pass with the ball held at chest level. Do the three step 5-10 times, then do the same thing with a five step and seven step drop-back.
Coaching Details - Make sure your QB performs this drill with adequate quickness and that at set-up, most of his body weight is positioned on the back foot.
Very important - Be sure there are no false steps in the drop... Boom, boom, boom, throw.
Football Quarterback Drill #11 QB Clock Drill
Objective - Develop further the drop-back and stance.
Action - As your quarterback drops back, call out "3 o'clock!", "9 o'clock!", "12 o'clock!", etc. At each call your QB must turn in that direction, give a pump fake, then step into the next direction. Repeat this with a each of the three types of drops.
You can also have receivers set up and at each command, your quarterback will turn and throw a pass.
Coaching Details - As with the drop-back drill, be sure your quarterback is taking a quick drop. Don't allow him to let his throwing fundamentals break down at any time during the football quarterback drill.
Football Quarterback Drill #12 Sprint-out Drill
Objective - Develop "throwing on the run" skills
Action - Align a quarterback on a yard line at the sideline 10 yards apart. On coach's signal, they begin to run down their assigned yard line as they pass the football back and forth. Once they reach the opposite side of the field, they'll turn around and repeat the football drill back to the starting point.
You can then repeat the drill at 15 yards apart for a slightly longer pass or even five yards apart in order to practice the pitch-out.
Coaching Details - Be sure they keep their shoulders square and utilize correct hip rotation. This drill will help develop the skill of leading the receiver. Make sure the follow-through is done correctly.
Football Quarterback Drill #13 Circle Drill
Objective - Develop "throwing on the run" skills
Action - Standing about 10-15 yards apart, have two QB's run in a circle as they pass the ball back and forth. On the coach's signal, they will then reverse and repeat the drill in the opposite direction.
This football quarterback drill will help your QB's get good at leading the receiver as they to keep the circle motion going.
Coaching Details - Be sure they keep their shoulders square and utilize correct hip rotation.