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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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!
It can be daunting when you look at all the great stuff you want to run against your Week 1 opponent, and compare it to the number of days you have to actually get that playbook installed.
Today’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is exactly what you need. I’ll share a plan for a 5 Day Install on Offense and Defense.
We’ve done this install schedule with a team where everyone plays both ways, and practices are only 90 minutes long. You can get it done.
Don’t forget to download the Playbook Install Template at the top of this page!
15 years ago, Georgia Military College came out with a comprehensive video series on the 3-5-3 Defense. It was all the rage back in 2005, with tons of coaches buying them up.
I was one of those coaches. We installed the defense in 2006 and I took over as Defensive Coordinator in 2007.
By 2008, we had moved on. This time it was the Miami 4-3 Defense. That changed my coaching life forever.
With a little more knowledge and wisdom, it’s time to go back and look at the original concepts and videos on the 3-5-3 Defense. What’s changed? And why didn’t we stick with it?
Find out what you need to look for when you switch to the 33 Stack Defense in 2019 (and it IS the same - GMC said so!) when you listen to this week’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast!
Coaches love playbooks. Unfortunately, most of the defensive playbooks you’ll download off the internet are going to be completely worthless to your football program.
There’s a 10 Step Process you need to use to putting together the Defensive Playbook for your football team. Find out what it is and get to work putting your ideas on ‘paper’ with this week’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast.
There’s nothing more valuable on your coaching staff than the guy who has 30+ years of experience coaching football. That old ball coach is a blessing.
But sometimes, it can get frustrating. Especially if he’s set in his ways and you want to move forward into the 21st Century.
This week’s episode is kind of fun, kind of weird. 10 Tips for getting that old coach to change his ways. He ain’t wrong, he’s just different.
They can be frustrating. Drive you completely insane. Maybe take a couple years off your life.
But you can’t let the officials in your football game know that, Coach. You’ve got to keep your cool.
This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is a deep dive into how to communicate with the officials during your game. From pre-game to post-game and everything in between.
Want to get those critical calls? You need to check out this episode.
[3-4 Defense Run Fits PDF]
Getting that 3-4 Defensive Line to slant and attack without getting washed or kicked out can be tough. You’ve got to have a plan, and this is the technique to make that plan work.
If you’re using a spill & kill philosophy or coaching the umbrella principle to your guys, the 3-4 Defense slant drills in this episode will help your players be the right place to achieve your goals.