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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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Sep 24, 2020

The season kicks off and that call you’ve been working on for 6 months just is not working. Run plays, passing concepts, blitzes, stunts or coverages. Whatever it is… it’s not working.

This is the 5 step process to evaluate that football play call before you just kick it to the curb. You’re always smarter in February than you are in September and October (or whenever your season happens this year!), so let’s figure out what the problem is!

Sep 10, 2020

Any time you decide to install a new playbook for your football team, you could run into trouble. It takes time to teach the skills your players need. It takes time for the coaches to understand how to teach those skills, too.

The knee jerk reaction when your team isn’t firing on all cylinders in the first few weeks of the season is to panic. Go back to what you were doing before. But that’s not the answer.

This week’s Football Coaching Podcast looks at how to make in-season adjustments when your brand new plan of attack isn’t working like you expected. This is how to get your team back on track with the changes you need to make to reach a whole new level of success.

Aug 6, 2020

Welcome to Coaching Football 101, class is now in session. Today's episode barely scratches the surface of all that a new football coach needs to know, but we only have an hour.

A football coaching friend likes to say that every man in America thinks he can do two things: grill and coach football (in 2020 you can add doctor to that list). But every experienced football coach knows at least half of that is not remotely true.

What You'll Learn in Coaching Football 101

This podcast isn't the place to get into the details of coaching football. The little things like how to design a good play, decide which play to call, or figure out what drills to run during your practice. That's what a lot of new coaches are looking for. But in Football Coaching 101, we need to start at the beginning.

Instead, today's lesson is going to focus on 10 things every football coach should know. Young or old. Youth, High School, College or NFL. First year coaches and 30 year veterans.

10 Things Every Football Coach Should Know

Here's the list of 10 things every football coach needs to know that we'll kick off Football Coaching 101 with. You coach long enough, you'll learn all of these things through trial and error. Most of these I've learned through a lot of pain and suffering.

I want you, new coach, to skip all that. I want you to start out in the fast lane. It's a better way to live. I'll go into each point in depth in the episode, which you can listen to at the bottom of this post.

  1. It's all about relationships. That'll get beat into your head any time you ask a coach the most important thing to know.
  2. You do not need to learn any plays to get your first job.
  3. Drills are for solving problems. Don't waste time on worthless drills.
  4. There is no RIGHT way. But there is OUR way.
  5. Confidence is critical. Being 'mean' or 'violent' is not.
  6. If you're new to coaching football, accept that you know very little. And that's OK.
  7. Drop all the excuses. You're a coach.
  8. Keep your composure.
  9. Terminology in football coaching is not universal.
  10. Execution of plays, not the play itself, wins football games.

This is a great list to get started. But as I said earlier, it's just scratching the surface. There's a another great post on the most common mistakes youth coaches make here, but it applies to all coaches in my experience.

And then there's all the fun stuff you're really looking to learn. The X's and O's of coaching football. There's a great place to start learning more of that too, with JDFB Coaching Systems.

Jan 30, 2020

What are the Special Teams schemes your football team needs to be running? Here’s my favorites.

Every football coach knows how important Special Teams are to winning football games. If it’s one-third of the game, why don’t coaches spend a whole lot more time on it?

There’s good reason. If you’re going to be a Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win type of coach - it needs to carry over to your Special Teams philosophy.

Check out this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast to find out the special teams schemes that have worked best for my teams. And how you can add them to your own football team.

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Nov 29, 2018

There’s a lot of moving parts to being a Head Football Coach. Here are some of the critical lessons I learned this season.

2018 was my first season as a Head Football Coach. Overall the year was successful, but there was a lot of learning. I’ll share some of the lessons learned that weren’t in the manual when I started on the job.

You can download my 12 Lessons Learned as a Head Football Coach PDF document above. These lessons have nothing to do with X’s and O’s. If you don’t have your X’s and O’s nailed down, or have a plan for it - you probably shouldn’t be in charge yet.

Aug 2, 2018

What pass protection scheme is best for keeping your Quarterback safe? Take a look at the Half-Slide Pass Protection scheme.

In the Pistol Power Offense System, we use Half-Slide Pass Protection as our drop back protection scheme. If you want a scheme that works great and adapts to any front, this is the place to start.

Listen to this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast to get the basics of Half-Slide Pass Protection. Could this be the solution to your Quarterback protection problems?

Jul 26, 2018

Think your Offensive Line isn’t good enough? Make their job easier using these critical Offensive Line Run Blocking tips.

There’s a few myths in coaching offensive line run blocking that we need to break through. Then we can start to build a better run game.

In this episode, we’ll talk about why you don’t need your Offensive Linemen to sustain blocks longer. Or drive their man down the field. And how you can make your less talented Offensive Line look like a group of All Pro’s with a few minor adjustments.

Jul 19, 2018

What’s the simplest, most effective coverage you can teach? Let’s take a look at coaching Cover 3 Coverage in the 4-2-5 Defense.

Coaches love to over-complicate things. In a lot of situations, the less complicated answer would be the better one. That’s often the case with coverage packages.

Aside from trying to run every coverage, many coaches are running a coverage that is much more complicated than necessary. If you’re in a league, conference or level where the teams you need to beat are run heavy offenses, Cover 3 coverage might be perfect for you.

I’m going to break down how to teach Cover 3 coverage for the 4-2-5 Defense, but the teachings are very similar no matter what defensive front you choose.

 

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Coaching Cover 3 Coverage in the 4-2-5 Defense on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sYTcU5zsaE4

The Up Front Offensive Line System by Dave Christensen: https://joedanielfootball.com/upfront

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Jul 12, 2018

What are the critical keys to great Offensive Line Play? Arizona State Offensive Line Coach Dave Christensen has your answers.

 

https://joedanielfootball.com/upfront

Dave Christensen has been coaching football for 36 years. Mostly working with the Offensive Line. And I had a great time talking OL play with him on this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast.

Listen to this episode to hear Coach Christensen talk about what it takes to have a great Offensive Line, the most important drills for your Linemen, and what a typical practice plan looks like for his D1 Offensive Line practices.

Coach Christensen has also created an awesome course called the Up Front Offensive Line System. CoachTube has set up an exclusive deal for Football Coaching Podcast listeners to save 50% Off the Up Front Offensive Line System for a limited time only! Click https://joedanielfootball.com/upfront to get instant access to this incredible coaching system.

Jul 6, 2018

Every offensive playbook needs a foundation. The Power Series is that foundation for the Pistol Power Offense System.

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It’s nice to do a podcast where you don’t need any notes. You’ve talked about something so many times that it just flows.

That’s the Power Series for me. It’s the foundation of our offense, and has been for a number of years.

In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’ll go in depth on the details for executing the Power, Counter, Power Pass and Counter Pass in the Pistol Power Offense System.

Jun 28, 2018

Tired of watching a great defensive series fall apart on a poor job defending a screen pass? Here’s how to get your 33 Stack Defense ready to stop the Screen Pass.

 

Download the Huskies ‘92 Defense Playbook Here

 

The 1992 Washington Huskies 4-4 Defense Playbook is the subject a deep dive look on this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast. And it’s an interesting look.

We’ll investigate the similarities and differences between the Huskies 4-4 Defense and the more modern 4-2-5 Defenses today. Is there really a difference in the core structure? Listen to The Football Coaching Podcast to find out!

Jun 21, 2018

Does your Defense need to tighten up? The 4-2-5 Defense can be a simple a system to let your players play fast.

You need a defense that can easily adapt to any offensive attack. If you’re changing everything from week to week, you’ll be in trouble when your players get confused.

The 4-2-5 Defense System has been built around the Joe Daniel Football motto of Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win. In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we look at the philosophy and principles that build the foundations of the 4-2-5 Defense.

Jun 14, 2018

There’s a lot to be done this season! This is a guide to planning your football year.

 

Running a top notch program doesn’t just happen. It requires a lot of planning to have a great football year.

In this week’s Football Coaching Podcast, I’ll walk you through planning the entire year. Fundraising, parents, building the culture, and planning scheme install is all discussed here. Everything you need to think about to have a great season!

Jun 8, 2018

What are your favorite football video games of all time? Here’s a look at the games we used to play.

 

There is no great football coaching insight in today’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast. I’ll be back with more of that, next episode.

Today is just about doing something fun. A little different. A walk down memory lane with the football video games I grew up with.

Jun 7, 2018

What are your favorite football video games of all time? Here’s a look at the games we used to play.

There is no great football coaching insight in today’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast. I’ll be back with more of that, next episode.

Today is just about doing something fun. A little different. A walk down memory lane with the football video games I grew up with.

May 31, 2018

What’s the Secret to Defending RPOs with the 4-3 Defense? It’s not really a secret.

Season 2 of The Football Coaching Podcast wraps up with defending RPOs with the 4-3 Defense and Quarters Coverage. We’re using the defense as drawn up in The 4-3 Defense System that is part of JDFB Insiders.

Quarters Coverage offers some special flexibility that you might not have in other coverages and with other packages. The true nature of the 7 man front and 2 high safeties might be your best answer for defending RPOs.

Listen to this week’s episode and find out why The 4-3 Defense is my favorite defense for defending RPOs! (...on paper)

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May 24, 2018

You don’t have to create an entire RPO Playbook. It’s easy to incorporate RPO’s into the offensive system you’re running right now.

Run-Pass Options (RPOs) are the hot topic for offensive football coaches across the country over the last few seasons. The schemes have made their way down from the College level down to the High School ranks in a hurry.

Many coaches have been abandoning what they’ve always done in favor of more modern, “exciting” offensive schemes. The purpose of this episode is to show that you do not need to do that. You can use your existing offensive playbook and add RPOs into the mix, without sacrificing all you’ve done in the past.

May 17, 2018

How do you Coach Simple so your players can Play Fast? Triggers are the answer to your problem.

 

Triggers are a stimulus, or event, that happens on the field that tell your player to initiate a response, or reaction. For every action on the field, there is a reaction by your player. (but this is not physics and we do not want the response to be equal!)

In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we’ll be looking at triggers for every offensive and defensive position. Plus, how you can use triggers to simplify your teaching and get your players to react faster.

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May 10, 2018

Coaching 4-3 Defense Quarters Coverage gives you great pass coverage. Plus you get 9 defenders against the run!

I love coaching 4-3 Defense Quarters Coverage. It’s incredibly effective if you know how to teach and adjust the package. And if you have the right guys.

There’s a ton of advantages, but there are also a few difficulties you need to be aware of. We’ll discuss all of that on this week’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast.

We teach this complete 4-3 Defense Quarters Coverage package in The 4-3 Defense System included as part of JDFB Insiders. But there are some important updates in this episode, too!

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May 3, 2018

Clemson’s Spread Offense uses a Hurry Up, No Huddle approach. Don’t be fooled, there’s nothing fancy here..

The 2013 Clemson Offense playbook is available from Chris Brown’s SmartFootball.com through the link below. It’s a great look at the simplicity of many modern Hurry Up, No Huddle offenses.

The Clemson Offense was already introducing RPOs at that time, and showing the development of some of the more run-pass options we see today. It’s an interesting look at the Spread Offense during a time of critical development.

In this episode we’ll be focused on the Day 1 Spring Install for the Clemson Offense in 2013.

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Apr 26, 2018

It may be the hot new thing in football, but coaching RPOs is here to stay. Check out this simple primer for adding Run-Pass Options to your Offensive System.

Thinking about coaching RPOs in your offensive system? There’s a few things to consider first.

This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is a basic introduction to using Run Pass Options, no matter what offensive system you currently run. If you can add this new phase to your offensive attack, you could really open up the scoring next season!

Apr 19, 2018

If you can’t block ‘em, read ‘em. That’s what the Option Gurus like to say… but how do we read ‘em!? Listen to find out!

I love Option Football. Any style. Flexbone Option, Split back Veer, Zone Read Option, or today’s most advanced Run Pass Option plays. At the end of the day, it’s all option reads.

This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast focuses on coaching option reads for your Quarterback. How do you read the Dive Key? How do you attack the Pitch Key?

Check out this week’s Football Coaching Podcast to find out!

Apr 5, 2018

How did the Miami 4-3 Defense come to be one of the most popular defenses in football today? Here’s the background.

 

When Jimmy Johnson installed his 4-3 Defense at the University of Miami, he built a great defense. It continues to expand and adapt with the evolution of offensive football, year after year.

In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we’ll look back at the origins of the 4-3 Defense, before Miami. The Even 4-3 Defense and Tom Landry’s Flex 4-3 Defense get examined.

Then we’ll break down the basic philosophy and foundations of the Miami 4-3 Defense that I teach today in our 4-3 Defense System.

You can get my Free 3 Video Series right now to learn how to teach and install the Miami 4-3 Defense. Visit http://the43defense.com/podcast to get instant access!

 

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4-3 Defense for Football is one of my first YouTube videos from several years ago, on the basics of the Miami 4-3 Defense

Coaching Football’s 4-3 Defense by Tim Simons and Mike Freeman, book from Amazon

Is There Any Way to Explain Football’s Most Confusing, Convoluted, Intellectually Taxing, Perhaps-No-Longer-So-Great Defense? From D Magazine

The Landry Flex 43 and the Even 43 from Cowboys Nation

The 43 Flex, from Tom Landry to Rob Ryan from Code and Football

Coaching Football’s Double Eagle Flex Defense by Ted Amorosi, book from Amazon

 

(I love the 4-3 Defense, I doubt you’ll ever see this many links in the show notes again!)

Mar 29, 2018

Run or Pass? What should you call? Here’s how to decide.

When you’re putting together your playbook, you’ve got a good idea of what you like to do. You’re either a running team, or a passing offense.

But how do you know what to call during the game? Should you try for balance, or take what the defense gives you?

In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we’ll talk about when to call a run vs pass and why should make that decision!

Mar 8, 2018

Tired of watching a great defense series fall apart on a poor job defending a screen pass? Here’s how to get your 33 Stack Defense ready to stop the Screen Pass.

Screen passes are great calls for offensive coordinators. When your 33 Stack Defense is really bringing the pressure and getting fired up, a screen pass can cool them down in a hurry.

In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast I’ll share 6 steps for preparing your 33 Stack Defense to defend the screen. Plus, I’ll share two drills you can use in practice to get your defense ready. You can also download those drill PDFs in the box above here.

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