Quarterback and captain manual

When the football coach selects his candidates for the position of quarterback, the first question which presents it­self is: How can I teach these candidates my principles of gen­eralship as quickly as possible? What is the most effective method?

An immense amount of time can be saved after selecting the prospective candidates by use of the "Quarterback and Captain Manual" presented within this chapter. This is a reliable method of teaching the quarterbacks and captains one's thinking on strategy and team development prior to the season. It may also serve as a simple constant testing device throughout the season for these essential men.

Since the captain should be familiar with the methods of strategy, this manual is also presented to him. In modern foot­ball often the captain and the quarterback are the same indi­vidual.

An effective and inexpensive way to form this manual, is to have the material either mimeographed or dittoed, and then stapled within a manila folder. The caption "Quarterback and Captain" in large black letters can be printed or stamped on the cover. The quarterback's number may be placed in large figures at the top.

Again, to get a good case study help from today, this is only a recommended manual for quarterbacks and it is not intended to be the only way of presenting the offense.


-Mental attitude and preparation:

A. Association with teammates:

1. Confidence in your preparation and ability. 2. Loyalty to teammates. 3. Interest of the team at heart. 4. Staying away from a clique.

B. Knowledge of individual abilities:

1. The best ball carrier. 2. Most dependable passers. 3. Sure ball-handlers. 4. Accurate punters. 5. Punters with slow rhythm. 6. Backs that are good for long gains. 7. Backs that are good for short gains. 8. The strongest offensive linemen.

C. Knowledge of team's ability


I. Blocking

II. Defensive assignments

III. Voice and rhythm

IV. Mechanics

A. Before the huddle:

1. Last player into huddle. 2. Observation of other players.

B. In the huddle:

1. Play number. 2. Side of the shift. (Keep team away from side line.) 3. Starting signal.

C. Preshift:

-Call and defense.

If the opponents shift into a different defense, after our team is in another formation, call out the defensive set-up before the starting signal is given (if time permits).