The Football Coaching Podcast with Joe Daniel

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Feb 8, 2018

I love playing Cover 1. With our 4-2-5 Defense System, it’s my favorite coverage to run. But not everyone is comfortable.

In this episode, I’ll talk about why you should think about Cover 1 coverage and why you should be even more comfortable than you would be with a lot of zone coverages.

We’ll look at elements to consider when your athletes are not ‘man cover’ guys, and how to adjust for it, too. All in this week’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast!

Feb 2, 2018

This is a special interview with Rick Stewart on his Read & React 4-2-5 Defense.

Feb 1, 2018

What’s the best plan for attacking Man Coverage? Here’s how to beat Cover 1, Cover 0 and 2-Man Coverage with your passing game.

Nothing fancy. I’m not going all ‘Air Raid’ on you just yet. This week’s Football Coaching Podcast is about attacking man coverage with sound principles that can work in any offense.

There’s nothing more frustrating than getting a loaded box, blitzing linebackers, and not having a way to make the defense pay for it. But all that pressure can really cause chaos for your offense.

To get the balance back and return to your running game, you have to be able to throw simple concepts against man coverage. And you must be able to protect the Quarterback.

The concepts discussed in this episode are all part of the Pistol Power Offense System. You can get access to the System by becoming a JDFB Insider client right now!


Jan 25, 2018

Coach Flawless Linebacker Blitz Technique to Get All the Reward of Aggressive Play Calling, with Less Risk.

Too many coaches use blitzes as a way to just ‘make something happen.’ That something could mean either your band, or their band, is going to play. And the outcome might be 50-50 at best.

Defensive Coordinators can minimize risk in two ways. One is obvious. Study the other team, and call your blitzes with intent and purpose to stop specific actions by the offense.

The other way to minimize risk, is coaching linebacker blitz technique. Coaching techniques that are going to give your blitzing linebacker the chance to make a play.

In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we’re going to look at 7 keys to Coaching Linebacker Blitz Technique. Each individual phase of the blitz game is an opportunity to improve your defense.  

Jan 18, 2018

In the 2000’s, the West Virginia 3-3 Defense was one of several Odd Stack fronts turning heads across the nation. Along with Georgia Military College’s 3-5-3 Defense, these two variations became the most popular for High School Football teams to emulate.

In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’m breaking down the West Virginia 3-3 Defense playbook from 2002. We’ll look at the philosophy behind the defense, base fronts, alignment, adjustments, blitzes and coverages in this 192 page playbook (download available at the top of this page).

Looking for more ideas to expand your Odd Stack defense or add the front in as a change-up? The breakdown of the West Virginia 3-3 Defense in this episode, along with my previous episode on Coaching the 33 Stack Defense, will get you going.

Jan 11, 2018

 I started running the 33 Stack Defense in 2006. At the time, it was just gaining in popularity. Many coaches criticized the defense because “you can’t stop the run.”

But the defense gained a foothold. Coaches liked the aggressiveness and the idea of a defense built for smaller players. More speed on the field.

Unfortunately, a lot of myths sprung up around the defense in that era, too. High School Football coaches have done a better job learning the intricacies and executing the defense in recent years.

In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’ll talk about the basics of the 33 Stack Defense. We’ll also look at those myths and how you can use the 33 Stack Defense for your football team today.

Jan 4, 2018

Your football team will have more success, and you will be a happier coach, when you give an identity to your offensive play calling.

Everyone has that team on the schedule. You know exactly what they are going to do on offense. You just can’t stop it.

It’s a great situation to be in. One that seems so simple and obvious. But so many High School football coaches are putting way too much time into coming up with the next great thing.

Instead, work to establish your offensive play calling identity.

Listen to this podcast, and download the document above, to get the steps to establishing your own offensive play calling identity.

Dec 27, 2017


Hopefully I won’t forget these Football Coaching Lessons again before next season...

For the final Football Coaching Podcast of 2017, I wanted to talk about the football coaching lessons I learned this year.

I sat down and started hammering out a list. It’s a good list. Learned a lot this year.

Unfortunately, several of the things on this list are football coaching lessons I have learned many times before. And just seem to forget them.

So for you, and for me, this year’s list is not only on The Football Coaching Podcast, but you can also download my 10 Football Coaching Lessons Learned in the box above.

I’ll be pinning it up on the wall somewhere, and hopefully looking at it. Before I make the same mistakes again.

Dec 13, 2017

Do you need your 4-2-5 Defense to dominate? Take a deeper look at one that has already done it.

We’re going deep into the pages of the 1999 TCU 4-2-5 Defense Playbook. This playbook was used when Gary Patterson was still the Defensive Coordinator for the Horned Frogs.

It’s a great playbook to look at for any football coach. But 4-2-5 Defense coaches should be intimately familiar with it.

I’ll point out what you should take from it, and what you should probably leave alone. And a few things that I’d like to steal, but haven’t done it yet!

Dec 6, 2017

Your defense must be ready to stop any RPO the offense can run at you.

Getting your defense ready to defend Run-Pass Options isn’t as hard as other coaches will make it sound. At least, the X’s and O’s side of things isn’t so hard.

In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’ll give you a plan for shutting down RPO’s with your 4-2-5 Defense. Just by running your base scheme.

Plus, I’m going to share the 5 Keys to Defending RPO’s that every defense must follow. If you can take care of these pieces, your defense will be ready to shut down any RPO.

Nov 29, 2017

Are you getting everything you can out of every football run play in your playbook? Take a look at the detailed anatomy of an offensive play to find out.

Football seems pretty simple, right? Move the ball down the field. Score.

Block. Tackle. End Zone Celebration or Sack Dance. Not much to it.

Yeah, if you’re a football coach you know that’s not true. There’s a lot of work that goes into this.

On this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’m breaking down the anatomy of a Football Run Play. What goes into the play every time the ball is snapped?

Any good football coach will tell you that it’s all about execution. The best play designs and ideas in the world won’t matter, if your players can’t execute.

If you want to see how we put together some pretty good football run plays (and a play action pass), you need to check out my 3 video series on the Power, Counter and Power Pass plays. Visit to get instant access, at no cost to you, because this is my gift to you.

Nov 22, 2017

The Off Season is the perfect time for your football team to make improvement in leaps and bounds. But you’ve got to have a plan.

On this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we’re looking at the 6 areas of Off Season Planning you need to be focused on, including…

  • Academics
  • Recruiting
  • Fundraising
  • Character & Team Building
  • Strength Training
  • Skill Development

Football coaches have a lot more to work on during this time than most people thing. You can’t leave any stone unturned when it comes to looking for off season improvement.

Listen to this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast right now, and get started planning your Off Season Calendar!

In this episode, I mentioned JDFB Insider and the Annual Subscription Plan. Annual Subscribers get Unlimited Coach Licenses, because your entire staff needs to be getting better this off season! Click here to check out JDFB Insider

Nov 15, 2017

For the first time on The Football Coaching Podcast, we’re doing something a little different. I’m breaking down the 2004 Utah Offense playbook.

Urban Meyer was in his second year at Utah, running this Spread Option attack. Even though it’s the standard of college football today, this was an innovative and unique offense in 2004.

When I’m looking at this playbook with you, all I’ll talk about is what I would want to steal. For my own players.

You will not hear any talk about the athletes at Utah, or even Urban Meyer himself (except a few shots at Florida, because I couldn’t resist). It’s about what football coaches can learn from an old playbook.

You’ll hear about the program philosophy as presented in the playbook. We’ll talk run game including those Spread Option plays - like that shovel option everyone’s so excited about today.

Then I’ll look at the passing game that Utah was using in 2004. And why it was so effective.

This is a great playbook to examine for coaches. Even though it seems complex watching the offense on TV, the truth is that the Utes kept it simple. There are just a few schemes for players to learn.

In reviewing a Utah game from 2004, I saw that they really stay true to the simplicity in the playbook, too. You don’t need a lot of plays to be extremely successful!



Get Instant Access to my Pistol Power Offense video series at no charge. I’ll detail the Power blocking scheme that is the foundation of Utah’s Shovel Option, along with a Counter and Power Pass (Utah uses the Power and the Power Pass, but there wasn’t a Counter in the playbook).

Nov 8, 2017

Defensive play calling might seem simple. Pick a front, maybe throw in a blitz, choose a coverage. But it’s not.

Defensive football in general isn’t nearly as simple as some would make it out to be. Sure, at the heart of the matter you just find the football and get the guy to the ground. But if that was all it took, we’d all be geniuses.

On this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we’re looking at how to call you defensive fronts to effectively stop the offense. More than play calling, we’re talking about how to game plan the fronts you want to use.

I’ll even give you a 6-Step Process for choosing your defensive fronts when you game plan for an opponent. This is a great to figure out how to put your players in position to succeed!

Doesn’t matter what your base defense is, either. No matter what defense you run, this podcast will help you game plan your fronts to shut down the run.

Check it out! And if you want to go even deeper in learning defensive fronts, start your JDFB Insider subscription right now! You’ll get access to 4 Complete Defensive Systems instantly. Click here to get started right now.

Oct 25, 2017

It’s just 3 yards. How hard can it be? 2 Point Conversion Plays seem like easy points. But they won’t be unless your team is prepared.

If you have a good field goal kicker, the 2 Point Conversion may be something you only use when you need it. For other coaches, it’s an absolute necessity.

There’s a lot to think about when you put together your 2 Point Package. How many plays do you need? Do the come from your regular offense? Or will you use special plays?

In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we’re going to go into preparing a 2 Point Conversion package. From basic philosophy behind 2 point plays, to specific plays that you can use in your offense right now.

At some point, you’ll have a football game that will come down to the 2 Point Conversion Play. Listen to this episode now to get the jump on your preparation for that moment!

In this episode, I mention the Power Pass and other parts of our Pistol Power Offense System. Visit to find out how you can get Instant Access to this complete Offensive System right now!

Oct 18, 2017

The 3-4 Defense is one of the most popular schemes being used in High School, College and the NFL today. Unfortunately, just saying that you 'run a 3-4 Defense' won't tell anyone else a whole lot.

Sure, you use 3 down linemen and 4 linebackers. But they can be arranged in a huge variety of ways. And flexibility is one of the strengths of the 3-4 Defense. 

Within JDFB Insiders, I teach The 3-4 Defense System as my own preferred brand of the scheme. It's not too complicated, and grew from our 4-2-5 Defense playbook. 

Find another coach running the 3-4 Defense. It's likely that his version will look different.

You might 2-gap the defensive linemen. Or base out of a different coverage.

Or you might not call it a 3-4 Defense at all. Maybe you call this a 5-2 Defense. They're the same.

Check out for my entire rant on how there's only 4 defensive schemes in football. Plenty of people have argued with me, no one has convinced me I'm wrong yet.

For this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we're talking all about The 3-4 Defense. Advantages, disadvantages, and how we teach the scheme inside of JDFB Insiders

You can get Instant Access to my Complete 3-4 Defense System right now for just $1! Plus you'll get access to 4 other complete football coaching systems inside of JDFB Insider. Visit to start your 14 Day Trial for just $1 right now! Available only during the month of October!

Oct 11, 2017

Playing Center is not the most glamorous position. It’s the opposite.

In the NFL, the Left Tackle gets all the glory on the Offensive Line. Probably the only position to consistently get recognized up front.

Sure, there’s a few Centers who become well known. They usually have a high command of the offense and play for many years. And they’re snapping the ball to some of the top Quarterbacks in football.

In High School Football, the Center will rarely get that kind of recognition. His recognition is more likely to come from a bad snap, than from anything positive he contributes to the team.

Offensive Line Coaches know the truth. The Center is often the single most important guy in your blocking scheme.

Within our Pistol Power Offense System, there’s a lot of variation. We don’t always line up in Pistol (less than 1% of snaps this season). And Power isn’t always the top run play (it’s been Zone most of this season).

The one consistent factor in our System is that we are as good as the Center. His talent, work ethic, effort and mastery of the offense go a long way.

Rarely the most talented blocker. It’s more likely the opposite.

How you coach your Center is critical to score more points. In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’ll break down just what you need to do to get more production from your center.

Want to learn more about The Pistol Power Offense System? You’ll get instant access to my exclusive 3 Video Series on the Power Series at no charge, when you sign up at



Jock Sutherland Snap taught by Ted Seay:

Gil Brandt’s Greatest NFL Centers of All Time

Oct 4, 2017

Things might be going well. They may not be.

For whatever reason, you feel like you need to make some changes. Big one’s.

It’s time for the playoff push. Or you’re just trying to salvage the season from disaster.

So you’re thinking about making drastic changes. You want to change you a whole new defensive scheme. Right now. In the middle of the season.

In today’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’ll explain why you should not change your defensive scheme right now!

At least… why you shouldn’t make any big time, wholesale changes. There’s always room for adaptation and improvement. It’s absolutely necessary if you want to be successful!

If you’re running a well designed defensive system, none of this will be a problem. A good coaching system is easy to adapt and adjust. Game to game and year to year.

But if you aren’t doing that, you may be tempted to make some major changes right now. I’ll help you decide what changes to make, and which changes to avoid. And how to get your team’s defense back on track for the second half of the season.

Don’t forget to visit and follow my Twitter Profile Page @footballinfo to vote for next week’s poll topic! We’ll be talking about Offensive Line, so don’t miss it!

Want to check out the newly updated JDFB Insiders right now? You can get a 14 Day Free Trial for only $1 for a Limited Time. Sign up at

Sep 20, 2017


In a big runaway win from our Twitter Poll this week, the Veer Option received 35% of the vote! And I’m excited about that.

This episode won’t cover the entire offense, of course. That’s impossible. We’ll be focusing on The Split Back Inside Veer play.

Two whole episodes of old school (sort of) Option Football in a row! What a treat.

All the Spread Offense guys have left us by now. But we’re still having fun.

In today’s episode I’m going to go deep dive on the Inside Veer play. Everything you need to know.

We’ll talk about how to line up your offensive formation to get in the right places to attack. Then I’m going to talk about the basics of the blocking scheme for the Inside Veer.

After that, it’s all about the Option mechanics of the backfield. The dive, the keep, and the pitch.

I’ll close out the episode by talking about some of the counters and play action you can run off the Split Back Inside Veer play. It’s everything you need to get started with this Offense, and decide if you want to do more research.


If you decide to go further, you’ll want to check out these resources (I used these for this podcast)...






Sep 13, 2017

I love college football. That doesn’t mean I’m glued to the TV all day every Saturday. However, I’ll usually stop to watch Georgia Tech’s Flexbone Option Offense on the field for at least a series or two.

Not because I love Georgia Tech, let’s make that clear. I’m a lifelong UGA fan. But man, that offense is a thing of beauty.

Most people I talk to don’t understand it. They think the Flexbone Option Offense is boring to watch. Makes no sense to me.

How could anything be more exciting than Option Football!?

Oh well. At least there’s still a few schools out there doing something to excite us football coaches (and probably infuriate some of their boosters) every Saturday.

On this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’m going to look back at the foundations and origins of The Flexbone Option Offense.

Where did it come from? How did it get to where it is today?

Truth be told, there’s not a ton of information on this. Paul Johnson doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who’s interested in writing a book. At least not yet.

We’ll take it back to the days of the Wishbone Option. And even before that. On up to those 1-AA National Championship teams at Georgia Southern in the 1980s and 1990s.

I’ll also talk about the basic concepts of the offense and what makes it unique. The Flexbone Option Offense is a lot of fun to watch, and it’ll be a lot of fun to talk about on this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast!

Sep 6, 2017

The mark of a great coach is the ability to adjust during the game. It’s not easy, and it takes a lot of experience. Adjusting your football run defense is no difference.

Unfortunately, a lot of the football run defense adjustments you make won’t work, just because the team you’re playing is flat-out better than you. Those game winning adjustments will be few and far between, no matter how good you are.

But there’s a chance. You will win some games in your career because of great adjustments for your football run defense.

Football Run Defense Tips in This Episode

  • What to look for during the game to decide on needed adjustments
  • How to build a library of potential adjustments for your football run defense to be ready for anything. We’ll look at adjusting for problems with individual players, and for your overall defensive scheme.
  • Preparing your football team for the run defense adjustments that you might use during the game (you always need to think one step ahead in your game planning!)
  • When to make adjustments on your defense, and when you should stick with the plan.
  • How to install a last-minute football run defense adjustment with your players that still allows them to play fast.

Links in This Show

Aug 30, 2017

Paul “Bear” Bryant is a coaching legend. There’s not much question about that.

He won 6 National Championships as the Head Football Coach at the University of Alabama. The image of his houndstooth hat is unmistakeable.

But we’re football coaches, and we’re not just interested in the story of a coach who won a lot of football games (323 games, to be exact). We want to know how. And why.

In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we’ll take a look at the early year of Paul “Bear” Bryant’s coaching career. How did he come to be the legend at Alabama?

Starting with his upbringing in Arkansas, to his playing days at Alabama, we’ll look at the rise of one of the most legendary figures in our profession. On to his time in the Navy during World War II, and his first head coaching job that followed, at the University of Maryland.

Then on to Kentucky, and of course, to Texas A&M. The site of the famous Junction Boys.

Don’t get too excited, I plan to leave the Junction Boys story for another time.

When this went on the Twitter Poll @footballinfo, I had every intention of covering Coach Bryant’s entire career. But after doing my research, well… there’s just no way.

Instead, it’s time to lay the foundation on one of the greatest coaching legends of all time! I’ll share my thoughts, my own personal (though pretty thin) connection to Bear Bryant, and a few interesting stories on Episode 210 of The Football Coaching Podcast!

This episode is sponsored by JDFB Insider, where you can get access to all 5 of my Coaching Systems, plus a whole lot more. Check out for all the details on how you can get instant access, right now.

Aug 23, 2017

The Overhang Safeties in your 8-man front defense set the edge. Defend the flats. They are critical to shrinking the field for your defense.

Overhang Safeties are a major piece in your 4-2-5 Defense or 3-3-5 Defense. If you call it a 4-4 Defense or 3-5-3 Defense, they’re your Outside Linebackers. The principles are still the same.

Episode 209 of The Football Coaching Podcast will go in depth on coaching the Overhang Safety position. This won our Twitter Poll @footballinfo this week. Check in each week to vote for the next topic.

I’ll talk about the alignment of the Strong Safety and Weak Safety. We’ll look at why you use variations in alignment and how to align your defenders to maximize their effectiveness.

We’ll look at the most effective stance for your defenders to execute their assignment.

In this episode, I’m also going to address the most common question I get about the Overhang Safeties. What keys should they read? My answer is a little different than most, but something I have found to be very effective from week to week and season to season for these guys.

Finally, we’re going to dive into how to coach the technique for your Strong Safety and Weak Safety to perform their job within the defense to help you shut down your opponent.

There’s a lot of variation in this topic based on coverage. We could probably break it down by coverage, and again by Strong and Weak Safety. I’ll talk about these guys in as much detail as possible without getting too specific to your coverage. But there will be some differences.

I also focus a lot on the 4-2-5 Defense System and how we teach our defenders in there. You can get all the details on the System and get instant access today when you check out

Aug 15, 2017

Special Teams are one-third of the game. Every coach says it. Most of us don’t actually spend that much time on it, though.

In fact, a big part of special teams comes down to execution. Limiting mistakes. If you can do that, you can make big things happen.

I posted 4 Special Teams units on our Twitter Poll @footballinfo. The winner by a big margin was the Kick Return schemes.

And why not? Kick Return is a huge key to scoring for your football team. It’s probably the single special teams unit where you have the highest probability of scoring (PAT/FG not included).

Plus this is what’s going to set up your field position on the next drive. Or the opening drive!

In this episode we’ll break down kick return schemes for handling deep kicks, sky kicks, squib kicks and onside kicks. You’ll also learn how to use the right personnel on your Kick Return unit.

And last but not least… we’ll talk about practicing your Kick Return team. How can you get the most from these guys in the necessarily short amount of time that you have?

In this episode, I mentioned Coach Lew Johnston’s Put the "Special" in Special Teams by Being Unconventional video. Coach Johnston has been a huge help to me this year, so… buy his video!

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Aug 8, 2017

The Playbook. It’s like the Holy Grail of football coaches.

We dream of putting together that amazing playbook. With just the right selection of calls.

You’ve probably drawn up one or two in your time. If you’ve been dreaming of this job for long, you at least drawn up a few plays.

Almost every football coach has downloaded a few playbooks from the Internet, too. Good and bad.

The truth of the playbook isn’t nearly as sexy. Playbooks don’t win games. Players do.

What else do players do? Leave their playbook in their locker (or worse). Forget to study it.

And execute the plays completely wrong. No matter how many times you drilled it.

In this episode, we’re going to talk about putting together your playbook, so that it actually gets translated to on-the-field success!

Want to have a successful playbook? Check out JDFB Insider where I supply you with the playbook, but more importantly teach you how to teach your players so that your team executes on Game Day. Visit for more information.

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