Quarterback Drop Back Drills


The purpose of the Quarterback Drop Back Drills is to teach and improve the footwork of the QB on drop back passes.


  1. QB takes his presnap stance
  2. shouts out a short cadence
  3. simulates the snap and takes a
    • 3-step drop
    • 5-step drop
    • 7-step drops
  4. ending with a throwing motion without actually throwing the ball.

In teaching period each QB should do it alone, but when using this drill as a routine drill, all QBs can line up about 3 to 5 yards apart, with one QB giving the cadence and all QBs doing the drop.

Coaching Points

(everything is explained for right-handed QBs, for left-handed QBs you have to exchange left and right)

  • The first step has to be taken with his right foot and should be big and directly behind the left foot so that the drop is straight backwards.
  • While taking his first step the QB turns by bringing his right hip, shoulder and elbow back to accelerate his separation from the LOS
  • The last two steps have to be shorter, so that QB is in good body-control position and ready to throw on his last step.
  • QB should take the ball up in front of his right armpit with his first step, holding it tight with both hands.
  • During the drop the ball should stay put in front of his right armpit, while the elbows should hang/swing loose to improve balance
  • QB should always look over his left shoulder downfield


  • Ball(s)