Quarterback Drill: Finding the Open Window

To simulate the windows quarterbacks will need to throw to in games, coach Joe Bouffard of the Youth Football Coaches Association offers this simple football drill to help quarterbacks become comfortable in high-traffic passing lanes.

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Setting up the Drill

  • Place three defenders at linebacker depth, approximately five yards apart
  • Have one receiver aligned at one end behind defenders

The Drill

A diagram of the drill
  • The quarterback takes a three- or five-step drop.
  • On plant step, receiver will start across, and three defenders take one giant step left or right at random, creating natural windows.
  • Quarterback should adjust feet and throw to receiver in best window.

Coaching Points

  • This a great drill for receivers to concentrate and quarterbacks to focus on timing.
  • Great for a youth team, as you have up to five players in activity during one drill.
  • Rotate receivers to linebacker, and linebackers to receiver.
  • Make sure to use your running backs as well as receivers.
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The founder of Youth Football Coaches Association and current director is Joe Bouffard. Bouffard, affectionately known as Coach Bouf, is a veteran of 16 years of coaching experience at various levels that include youth, high school and college. While at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, Coach Bouf employed a passing attack offense that has led to 2007 and 2008 Class MM State Championships. Currently, Coach Bouf serves as offensive coordinator at Fairfield Warde High School in Connecticut.

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