Quarterback Vision Drills: Throwing Into Windows

There are many things to teach and a young quarterback. Throwing mechanics, footwork, play calling, audibles, reading defense just to name a few. Quarterbacks also need reps to develop timing and touch throwing into windows.

Below is a video courtesy of Championship Productions that details three separate drills to help quarterbacks find and throw into windows. The drills are presented and demonstrated by Kevin Gilbride. Coach Gilbride has over 20 years experience in the NFL as head coach and offensive coordinator.

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If you are interested in learning more about the DVD that this sample came from click the link Coaching the Quarterback

In this clip Coach Gilbride demonstrates what he calls vision drills that help QBs find windows a complete passes in those windows. His first drill is for a Seam Pass with a Single High Safety. In this drill he lines four players across the field each about 10 yards apart and approximately 15-17 yards downfield from the line if scrimmage. A receiver is placed to the side and will jog through the three window created by the four players. The QB will take a seven-step drop. At the top of the Quarterback’s drop, the receiver will begin to run through the three windows. At the same time the coach will shout out which window to hit the receiver in. Coach Gilbride stresses that the throw must be made early and thrown to the window before the receiver arrives.

The second drill is for a Seam Pass with Two Deep Safety. This will increase the difficulty as the windows are made smaller for this drill. Both of these two drills help the QB find windows downfield with drops and underneath coverage.

The final drill is designed to help find windows on shallows, slants and check downs. On these types of throws the quarterback must find his windows in the defensive line. In this drill the four players line up on the line of scrimmage acting as two tackles and two ends. When the QB begins a 5 step drop the four D-linemen move forward with their hands up. the QB must then find a window between their arms to complete a pass to a crossing receiver 5-7 yds downfield.

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2 thoughts on “Quarterback Vision Drills: Throwing Into Windows

  • August 15, 2016 at 11:13 am

    The drills are very good for our Quarterbacks vision of the windows and it benefits receivers as well because they need to ready to catch balls with players is front of them thru windows. Really like the idea with finding windows in the defensive line as well.

    • August 16, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback Tom!


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