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The Football Coaching Podcast with Joe Daniel

Coach Joe Daniel from JoeDanielFootball.com helps you build a better football team at any level. Youth Football Coaches, Middle School Football Coaches, High School Football Coaches, College Football Coaches and Semi-Professional Football Coaches will get great ideas and discussion from The Football Coaching Podcast.
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Nov 28, 2019

Get the breakdown on coaching defensive line in the 4-3 Defense. Alignment, Stance, Key Reads and Assignment.

The Miami 4-3 Defense is a great system for defenses that have the right athletes. One of the features is the simplicity and aggressiveness in the Defensive Line play.

We’ll break down the ASKA for coaching defensive line play in this great defensive front. Alignment, Stance, Key Reads and Assignments for your base 4-3 Defensive Line.

Nov 21, 2019

Is there a perfect Offensive Playbook for your Football Team? Probably, but it might not be for the reasons you think.

Following up on last week’s show on choosing the perfect defense, this week we’re working on finding the right offensive playbook for your football team. It’s a little different.

I’ll walk you through eight different offensive playbooks that might fit your team. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means, but a good enough look for you to get a good idea on how to figure out which one is right for you. 

At the end of the day, none of these offensive systems are better or worse. Every single one of them can and has won championships. But there’s one that’s right for you as a coach. Find it, and then STICK TO IT!

Nov 14, 2019

What’s the best football defense for your team to run? There is no ‘right’ defense, but there’s a right one for you.

Wasn’t planning to do this show, but it’s a good time for it. If your defense wasn’t ‘lights out’ last season, or if you’re just moving into coaching or rising to a coordinator position, you’re probably looking for that ‘right’ football defense. 

I can end your search for the Holy Grail of defense right now. It doesn’t exist. But there is definitely a right defense for you to latch onto and become the expert at. This episode is going to help you choose the best football defense for you and your football team. Then help you stick to it.

 

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Check out the Umbrella Principle for the 4-2-5 Defense at http://425defense.com/podcast

Download the Defensive Installation Manual above or at https://joedanielfootball.com/dim

Nov 7, 2019

Once upon a time, the I-Formation Offense was dominating the High School football world. And it’s not dead yet.

When I started coaching way back when, we were lining up in the I-Formation Offense. Running the toss sweep, Iso, and trap. And it was a pretty good offense.

The I-Formation Offense is not dead in the high school football landscape. In today’s episode I’ll break down when you should use the formation, how to make it a part of your offense, and we’ll put together a basic playbook for the I-Formation. 

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Free 3-Video Series teaches the Power, Counter and Power Pass

Coaching the Trap Play

Coaching the Toss Sweep Play in the I-Formation Offense

Nov 1, 2019

The Miami 4-3 Defense was the foundation of my understanding of defensive football. And it’s still a great System.

The Miami 4-3 Defense is where it all started for me. Not the first defense I ever ran, but the first time I really understood how a defense works. 

How do all the parts fit together? Why do you spill the football? Who’s the force player? Why does Coverage have to match the defensive front? 

Learning the Miami 4-3 Defense put it all together for me. I’m going to share what I’ve learned about the 4-3 Defense over the course of Season 6 of the Football Coaching Podcast. And how some of my views have changed. 

Check out this podcast to learn the foundations of the 7 man front in the 4-3 Defense System, plus choosing the right personnel to fill those spots. 

 

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Adjusting to the Spread with the 4-3 Defense (since we were in an I Formation all podcast)

1996 Miami Hurricanes 4-3 Defense Playbook breakdown


Quarters Coverage in the Miami 4-3 Defense from Season 2 of the FBCP

Oct 24, 2019

Nearly every High School Football Team is using Hudl for game film. Are you getting the most out of it?

How much has Hudl changed the world of High School Football coaches? If you were around going back to the VHS days, you know that it’s been an amazing innovation in our lives. 

But there’s so much more than just exchanging film with your opponents and watching the game. And we’re not talking about those additional tools. This episode is all about getting the most out of plain old basic Hudl for Football. 

Check out the 5 ways you can get more from Hudl and see if your football team is getting the most out of your video software!

Oct 17, 2019

It’s never a good idea to make huge changes for your football team in the middle of the season. Not if you’re a Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win coach. It’ll just slow your kids down.

But you can make adjustments. You SHOULD make adjustments. But you need to make the right adjustments. 

This week’s Football Coaching Podcast takes a look at the 10 in-season adjustments you can make, that will actually make your football team better. Right now. 


Each adjustment is ranked according to the return on investment. That ROI is estimated by how much practice time it takes to implement the adjustment compared to how much better it’ll make your team. Listen to the show, then download the PDF above and work through the list with your staff!

Oct 11, 2019

It’s Game Day! Here’s the full plan, from the end of school to the opening kick, to get your team ready to win. 

Coaches are always looking for an edge. Or a solution to a problem (that’s what coaches do!). And the problem of starting slow, or starting fast, on football game day can be that edge.

We’re going to go in depth on the Game Day Itinerary and the reasoning behind each step in today’s podcast. It’s the Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win approach to getting your players amped up for the opening kickoff! 

Plus you can download the Game Day Itinerary in PDF Format. Just enter your email address in the box at the top of this post.

Oct 4, 2019

Get your 33 Defense Zone Blitz package ready to attack… in the right ways. There’s no guessing here. 

The 33 Stack Defensive System offers so much versatility...  but you need to know how to use it. That freedom can be a blessing and a curse.

This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast will break down 5 different Zone Blitzes from the 33 Stack Defense. Plus how to use them, when to use them… and the extremely important difference between run blitz and zone bltiz.

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Sep 27, 2019

Perfect Thursday, the last practice plan you run before Game Day. Here’s the step by step guide to get your players ready. 

Perfect Thursday has been a long tradition in football coaching. But every program seems to approach it differently. This is the practice plan for perfect Thursday that has worked best in my experience. 

Of course, there’s a lot of other factors. This practice plan goes hand in hand with the 90 Minute Practice Plan week, which you can download for free above. I’ll talk about the step by step process, and all the factors that go into preparing the perfect Thursday practice plan.

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Sep 19, 2019

If your Quarterback fakes can freeze the defense, your offense has the advantage on every snap. Here’s how to make it happen. 

Coach Dan Gonzalez has been working with Quarterbacks and the passing game for a long time. He’s a true expert on the subject. So I asked him to get on the phone and talk Quarterback ball handling for this week’s Football Coaching Podcast. 

We go into detail about coaching the hand-off and coaching multiple different Quarterback fakes for your Play Action passing game in any offense. We also touch on zone read ball handling, drills for improving your exchanges in the backfield, and plenty more.

Under center, Pistol or Gun alignment. Doesn’t matter. It’s all here on this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast! 

 

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Sep 13, 2019

The 33 Stack Defense is one of my favorites. Fast. Aggressive. Attacking. Simple. The Stacks are a big part of that.

The 3-5-3 Defense, Georgia Military style, was the first defense I ever installed on my own. I’ve loved it ever since. Even when running other fronts as a base, the 3-3-5 Defense (or 5-3, or any combination of letters and numbers you want) has always been available as a change-up in our package. 

This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast breaks down the feature that makes the defense unique. The stacks. It’s a great look at the concepts that are central to our 33 Stack Defensive System at Joe Daniel Football, and what you should look out for as a stack defense coach. Check it out!

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Sep 5, 2019

The Unbalanced Single Wing is a great offense. What if we could use the concepts and formation with our existing System? 

A few years ago I sat down in a Glazier Clinic that Rick Darlington was presenting. Coach Darlington is a Single Wing guru from Florida and an incredibly entertaining speaker. I was just there to learn something I didn’t know and be entertained.

What I got was a lot more than that. It sparked a few ideas. I realized that the plays being run in the base package (which does NOT involve any ‘Spinner’ plays) were straight out of our Pistol Power Offense System.

Not long after that, I was adapting the Unbalanced Single Wing formation to the Pistol Power Offense System. That became the centerpiece of our very successful short yardage and 2-point conversion package. 

In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’m sharing how that System was created with you. Plus you can download the Unbalanced Single Wing in the Pistol Power Offense play sheet up by entering your email up above here.

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Aug 29, 2019

Pre-Practice periods can be extremely valuable in your football practice plans. But you need to use them right. 

Pre-practice has been a huge difference maker for practice planning, but it only works when you use it right. That means educating yourself, the rest of the coaching staff and your players on the purpose and execution of the pre-practice periods.

This is a great place to get extra work. To steal practice time, without wearing down your players. Non-contact drills, reviewing and reinforcing foundational football skills. 

Check out this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast to learn all about how you can use Pre-Practice to make your football team better this season. 

 

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Aug 22, 2019

Group Football Drills can target a specific area and clean out all of the noise around it. Plus you don’t need as many players. 

This episode was planned for several weeks into the future, but it needed to be moved up. These group football drills can do wonders for a lot more teams than even I knew.

Recently I asked coaches to tell me what is biggest problem their team was facing right now. No surprise, but a huge percentage of those responses revolved around needing more players. And wondering how to get a good practice with their small numbers.

These group drills can benefit any team. During the podcast I talk about how I’ve used the drills on a team with over 150 players in the program. But they’re also a critical part of coaching in a small school where 11 on 11 team is not always an option. 

 

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Aug 15, 2019

Time to take a look at a classic Air Coryell Playbook. An offense that brought the passing game to prominence in the NFL. 

Don Coryell and the San Diego Chargers lit up the NFL in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Air Coryell passing tree is something everyone has heard about in our coaching journey. 

Taking a step into the past, I’m going to investigate the 1983 San Diego Chargers playbook featuring the Air Coryell passing game. Spoiler alert: passing has come a long way. 

Visit FootballXOs.com to get the 1983 San Diego Chargers playbook: click here

Aug 9, 2019

There’s football teams from the past we still love to watch. For many reasons. Here’s our Top 5 Teams to Watch from the past.

Football coaches all have a little ‘football junkie’ in us. That desire to watch a game with the DVR remote so we can go back and watch a play again. Or pull games from the past up to watch our favorite offense or defense from the past.

Ron Mckie joins me on The Football Coaching Podcast to talk about our Top 5 Favorite Teams to Watch. When we go to YouTube, who’s the team to pull up? 

This was a great episode. We both chose teams for a number of reasons. And we’d love to hear your favorites - just send a message to us on Twitter @footballinfo and @CoachMckieJr with your own personal list! 

Aug 1, 2019

Here’s how to get the most out of your individuals football drills. Maximize your time without sacrificing your team’s performance.

You’ve got a limited amount of time to teach all the skills and techniques your football players need. And it starts with your 1 on 1 football drills in the individuals period. 

Follow these 12 key tips to get the most out of individuals with your football team. You’ll maximize the productivity of your coaching to see big time results on game day!

Jul 25, 2019

It’s the 300th Episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, so Nate Albaugh is back and we’re talking Wing-T Belly Series!.

The Buck Series is everybody’s favorite, but the Belly Series can be deadly for Wing-T Offenses. We’re breaking the Belly Series down with a Wing-T Novice and a Wing-T Expert on this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast. 

What’s the difference between Belly and Down? Why is the Belly Sweep such a great play that I can’t find any details about? I found the answers with Nate Albaugh from ChiefPigskin.com in today’s episode!

And the best part of the episode… long time listeners know that Coach Albaugh was the original Co-Host for The Football Coaching Podcast. Over 7 years later, we’re back together for the 300th Episode!

Jul 22, 2019

The performance of your Overhang Safeties in your defense is critical to your success. No matter what front you’re running, here’s how to coach your force defenders.

It’s one of the most requested topics that I get for The Football Coaching Podcast. Two years ago, we broke down coaching the overhang safeties in Episode 209. Time to do it again…

Start off with understanding the critical Umbrella Principle. It’s how your players understand run fits and how they fit into your defense. Then we’ll step through the Alignment, Stance, Keys and Assignments for your Overhang Safeties and Outside Linebackers. And top it off with the drill package for refining those skills.

Jul 11, 2019

When your Running Backs are doing a great job blocking for your team, the offense starts clicking. Here’s how to get it done.

Running Backs spend a lot of their time working on ball handling and jump cutting. Making moves and maybe even catching a pass or two… but there’s one skill they better get good at.

Run game or passing, coaching up your running backs blocking technique is going to be critical for the success of your football team. Here’s a deep look at the technique of blocking for running backs, with a Coach Simple, Play Fast take on the position. 

Don’t forget to grab the FREE PDF DOWNLOAD at the top of this page to get all the notes from this podcast plus DIAGRAMS showing each of the blocks. 

Jul 4, 2019

There’s successful seasons… and then there’s a successful program. Here’s how you know your team has ‘Made It’.

There’s good teams on your schedule. They have quality seasons and then some years they drop off. The coaching staff has some turnover, the players have even more.

Then you’ve got the perennial powerhouse. No one is ever going to look past these guys, and only a few are ever going to beat them. But their head coach is the most relaxed cat you’ve ever met…

Here’s 10 Signs Your Football Team Has Made It. How many has your football team achieved, and how many are you going to reach in 2019?

Jun 27, 2019

You’ve got your playbook all planned out… but how do you get all this in? Here’s how to build your Install Practice Plans.

Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win. That’s what Joe Daniel Football is all about. That means you can get your entire offense or defense installed quickly. 

So how do you put those practice plans together? You need an Install Plan first. We put that together last month: https://joedanielfootball.com/2019install

Now you start from the end, and work back to the beginning. Follow along with this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast to create the perfect practice plans for your install.

 

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Jun 21, 2019

It’s a slight technique change for blocking run plays. But it worked. Here’s the How and Why on the shift to shoulder blocking.

A few years ago, I came to the realization that something had to change in the way we teach blocking run plays on our Offensive Line. We needed to take out the weak link.  

Those adjustments had huge benefits. We’ve got to a shoulder blocking style - but not exactly like old Wing-T Offense or Veer Option blocking you might have seen.

This isn’t revolutionary. But a lot of coaches have asked about the adjustment to our run play blocking. So here it is!

 

Show Notes

  • Coach Lew Johnston’s blog at http://coachlewj.com
  • Watch video of shoulder blocking in it’s very early stages: https://fast.wistia.com/embed/medias/evfw55q5by
Jun 13, 2019

It’s the foundation of one of the most successful offenses in the history of football - the Wing-T Buck Series. Here’s how to do it.

The Wing-T Offense has always been a fascination for me, and the Buck Series is by far the most used series in that offense. But I needed to bring in an expert for us to break it down.

On this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, Coach Rick Stewart joins me to talk Wing-T Buck Series. We’ll go over the finer points of blocking the Buck Sweep, Buck Trap and the Waggle. It’s a great show!

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