You spend your entire off-season working on blitz packages and trick plays. You might call some of them once or twice the entire season. But you miss the big picture.
Chris Fore from The Coaches Locker Podcast joins me on today’s episode to talk about the ‘little things’ that really matter in coaching. We’ll talk about recruiting your building, player academics, and everything else your program needs to win.
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.
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?
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.
The 3-4 Defense System that I teach in JDFB Insider offers a ton of flexibility, so you’ll want to use it. But you need to know how to use it.
In this podcast, you find out how to use your 3-4 Defense Zone Blitz Package effectively. How and when to call your Single Edge Pressures, Interior Pressures, and Double Edge Pressures.
This is an advanced stage for your 3-4 Defense System, so make sure you review the podcasts on the base fronts and base blitz package below.
You can also run all of these 5 man pressures with a Cover 1 coverage, instead of the 3 under / 3 deep Zone Blitz coverage we discuss in the podcast.
As an experienced football coach, you need to do everything you can to help develop those new coaches on staff. The young guys who think they’ve got it all figured out. Or the guy just stepping in who’s head is completely swimming.
These 10 tips will give you ideas on how to develop your new football coach to be the best they can be. And that’s going to make your football team the strongest it can be this season.
We’ve been looking at a lot of 3-4 Defense lately. I’m hearing more and more of it. So it makes sense to go back in time and look toward the origins of the 3-4 Defense.
That means we get to break down a playbook! I found the perfect one with an aggressive defensive scheme from the 1985 Oklahoma Sooners. This 5-2 Defense has a great look at multiple fronts from the 3-4 Defense (or 5-2 Defense) and a coverage package that will fit right in for today’s game.
There’s some adjustments to be made. But it’s great to see how the defense fits perfectly with the Umbrella Principle and mirrors so much of what we do in the 3-4 Defense System.
Teaching tackling to your football team and seeing better results on game day will done more for your football team’s winning percentage than anything else you can do. After all, this game is still all about blocking and tackling.
There’s an entire off-season for your team to improve their tackling. And with rule changes being put in place limiting live contact, you may be teaching tackling with no pads on all season long!
In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’ll share tons of drills you can use to teach tackling to your football players without any contact. And without screaming WRAP UP!
A few weeks ago I started looking at the Run and Shoot Offense. With the assistance of Jason Hahnstadt’s Demistifying the Run and Shoot Offense video series, I came up with a base understanding of the offense. But I wanted to go deeper.
Do I think the Run and Shoot Offense is the right direction for a High School Football team to go? Only if you have a background and a guaranteed Quarterback pipeline. Do I think there are elements we can take from the offense? Absolutely.
So I dug around through a few Run and Shoot Offense playbooks. Settled on the 1985 Houston Gamblers playbook with… wait what? Kevin Gilbride? No idea. That’s who’s on the front page. John Jenkins was the Offensive Coordinator after Mouse Davis had moved on to the new Denver Gold.
Yes, this is the first time we’ve ever talked about the USFL in the history of The Football Coaching Podcast. Coincidence, with the AAF coming around this year? Yes. Completely.
Anyway, here’s the links to the playbook and some other useful links for Run and Shoot Offense enthusiasts…
Every coach wants to win. And there are times when your job will depend on it. But every loss can’t be a soul crushing defeat that sends you into the doldrums for a week.
In this episode, we’re going to break down losing into 3 categories of losses. Then we’ll look at how you can best deal with each type of loss. You’ll find out how to get the most out of each loss, so that your team moves forward instead of bogging down and falling behind.
The simplest way to disguise your coverage is to give the same look on every snap. One way to accomplish that is to align your safeties and corners across the field in a straight line - then adjust before (or after) the snap.
On this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’ll go in detail on installing a Roll Cover 3 system into your defense. This is based off of our 4-3 Defense System packages, but can be incorporated to any defensive package with a few adjustments.
Want to get the most out of your passing game? You’ve got to have a plan for your passing drills. There’s a lot more to it than just working the QB’s throwing motion, too.
A lot more, in fact. And a lot more than playing 7 on 7. In this episode, I’ll outline how to plan your passing game drill progression to work your most important route concepts to perfection.
This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast looks at how to coach quarterbacks when you’re not a Quarterback Guru. It turns out you don’t need a PhD to get the job done.
First, you’ll find out the 3 critical skills your signal caller needs to have when you’re deciding who should play the position. Then we’ll break down 10 Keys to Coaching Quarterbacks. You can download the 10 Keys in PDF format in the download box at the beginning of this page.
It may be football’s greatest mystery. The most complex offensive play design out there. For myself, it’s the single offensive system I knew absolutely nothing about.
Time to change that! This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is a look at the Run and Shoot Offense. I’ll look at a few base passing plays and see what we can learn from this offensive system.
The Run and Shoot Offense is fascinating. I don’t know of any other system that has achieved such high levels of success without spreading like wildfire through the High School and College coaching ranks. Maybe we’ll be able to figure out why!
Today’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is getting us caught up on your questions from the football coach mailbag. We’re hitting all kinds of topics you’ve been asking about in this special episode!
In This Episode…
You hear it on every podcast: Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win. But what does that really mean?
This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is all about explaining my own personal coaching philosophy. Because a lot of coaches get it wrong. They think I’m a 4-2-5 Defense guy, or a power run game guy.
None of that is true. My entire coaching philosophy is summed up with 5 words. Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win. And you hear it on every podcast. Now, let’s go in depth on what that really means.
The 3-4 Defense has become increasingly popular because of the flexibility to defend everything from downhill rushing attacks to elaborate Spread Option and RPO offenses. In today’s episode we’re going to look and the 3-4 Defense System that is a part of JDFB Insider.
The 3-4 Defense System gives you a simple approach to defense. But with an added complexity and flexibility you can use as needed. We’ll talk about the base front, stunts, and blitz package that are taught inside the system. You can also download alignments to standard formations in PDF format above.
How can you learn to be a better football coach this off-season? There’s more opportunity available than ever, but you’ve got to look in the right places and have a focused goal.
I’ll share 6 resources you can use to learn to coach football, whether you’re just starting out or continuing your lifelong coaching education. And the 3 keys that you must follow to get a coaching education that’s actually going to help your team win games.
You had a great game plan. It should work. Maybe it’s even working for you… to a point. But at halftime, you need to make a few tweaks to get to the finish line.
Halftime adjustments in your 4-2-5 Defense (or any defense, for that matter) can be made for a number of reasons. In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’ll break down the 5 reasons you should make an adjustment, and share some of those potential adjustments for your 4-2-5 Defense System with you.
Don’t let a driving, pouring rain cost you a football game. Or footballs. Because footballs are expensive.
In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’ll go into detail about how to prepare for a rain game. I’ll give you the 11 items your program needs to have to get ready (put these on your off-season shopping list!).
Then we’ll talk about in-game management. Keeping the balls, and your players, dry all night. And how you can still hit the perimeter without tossing the football.
Finally, I’ll share how we played a game in a driving rain, and got all of the footballs back to game-ready. The entire process (good and bad) is shared on this podcast!
You beat them once. Or maybe you lost to them. But this is your second game against the same opponent!
Last season, we faced this conundrum twice. We played our week 9 opponent in the first round of the playoffs, and our week 10 opponent in the 2nd round. It’s tough to prepare for the changes you’ll see!
In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we’ll focus on preparing an Offensive Game Plan to face a team you’ve already played one time this season.
Need a different result? Need the same result again? Doesn’t matter. This episode will get you prepared to win!
The biggest difference maker in the success of your offense, and maybe your football team, is how good your Offensive Line plays. For most offenses, that includes great Pass Protection.
Today’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast focuses on Offensive Line footwork for blocking defenders in drop back passing. And it’s really independent of what pass protection scheme you decide to use.
Learn the most important rules of pass protection. Then find out how to coach the first two steps that will win your Offensive Line most pass protection battles!
Your opponent drove the ball the length of the field. They’re inside your 5 yard line. It’s time to make the big stop.
Defensive Coordinators need to take a big step forward right now - and accept that getting the stop is not very likely. After all, you couldn’t stop them up til now.
But if you CAN make that big stop? What a momentum changer! So your Goal Line Defense needs to be ready to show up.
In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we’ll install a basic goal line package for the 4-2-5 Defense that gives your guys a shot to be heroes (even when they probably shouldn’t be).
We’ve all been through those long practices that seem to drag on forever. It’s not productive, no matter how long you spend out on the field.
What if you could get twice as much accomplished, in just a fraction of the time on the field? Higher energy practices. Consistent effort from your players.
And then get home to your family earlier?
It can be done. But you’ve got to commit to a more efficient practice plan. In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’ll share with you how to get the job done!
Also, check out the interview I had with Justin Dottavio where he talked about how he keeps his practices to 90 minutes.