Technique Tuesday – Quarterback Three-Step Drop

April 12th, 2016

The three-step drop is ideal for a football quarterback when throwing short passes or timing routes. Timing is critical, the QB needs to set up as quickly as possible in the pocket.

⦁ The rhythm for the three-step drop is – one big step – two quick steps.
⦁ The first step of your drop is always straight back – regardless of what side you are throwing to.
⦁ Your first step of the drop is the longest, covering the most yards. It is a deep, powerful and explosive step.
⦁ The next two steps are quick, and used to regain your balance with your weight underneath you.
⦁ To help balance, keep your chin over your toes.
⦁ When you finish your steps, your shoulders should be pointing toward the target.
⦁ Your back foot should be planted firmly on ball of foot – pointing towards line of scrimmage
⦁ Make sure to hold your finish. You will be able to tell if you have a good throw based on your balance at the finish.
⦁ To throw left: on your crossover step, pivot your left foot to start setting your body to throw left, take a short 3rd step with right foot and plant it under your right hip, lead-step with your left foot to throw left.
⦁ To throw right, on your crossover step, pivot your right foot to start setting your body to throw right, take a short 3rd step with right foot and plant just in front of the 2nd step, perpendicular to your target, lead-step and throw right.

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