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I've done a lot of experimenting with different schemes, but half-slide pass protection has been the primary protection scheme in the Pistol Power Offense for several years. It just makes sense with what we do. That's the critical key. It makes sense with what we do. The protection scheme is intricately tied into the entire passing scheme. The chec…
 
We usually only hear the 5-3 Defense associated with youth football defense today. For coaches trying to learn the defense, it’s hard to find as much information as you might find about a 4-4 Defense. There’s great news though. This is a great defense for stopping the run at the youth level. But it’s actually being run at High School and College pr…
 
When they hit the football coaching scene a few years ago, defensive coordinators were scratching their heads defending RPOs. But while it's a great tool for offenses to attack, run pass options are not as mystical as they may seem. If you've got a good RPO team on your schedule this season, you don't need to panic and change your whole defense. Fo…
 
My favorite comment when we post a new 4-2-5 Defense article or podcast to the Joe Daniel Football Facebook Page has got to be, “So it’s a nickel defense ”. You got me, dude. There seems to be a small counsel of football terminology gatekeepers out there. No one knows who appointed them, or what authority they have. But they’re pretty sure they hav…
 
When you look at that exchange film and find out you’ll be defending a running quarterback this week, it gives you the chills. The best athlete on the field is going to have the ball in his hands on every single snap. But don’t worry. There is hope. Check out this week’s JDFB Quick Clinic for a few simple tips to prepare your defense for that tough…
 
Drawing up complex X's and O's on a napkin can be a lot of fun, but the best offenses often rely on very simple football plays that just plain work. Not always sexy, but they get the job done. The inspiration for this episode was a conversation on our private Chalk Board Forum for JDFB Coaching Systems clients about some simple football plays for a…
 
If you've decided to simplify your defense with a spot drop coverage, you're probably looking at how to play cover 3 vs 4 verticals. Coaches are realizing the value of the spot drop cover 3's simplicity but offensive coaches are licking their chops to attack it, too. This week's episode of the JDFB Quick Clinic looks at key points for coaching the …
 
When you see that big time coordinator on the sidelines covering his face with that football play call sheet, it's pretty exciting. You think that's just what a football coach is supposed to look like. What you need to have in your hand on game day to be official. This week's JDFB Quick Clinic takes a look at those offensive and defensive call shee…
 
There's a special challenge for linebackers in defending jet sweep motion. When they see it, they forget everything they've been taught and start chasing the shiny object. The Jet Sweep run play is a lot more dangerous because of what it does to your defenders, than it is as an actual yardage gainer. This week's JDFB Quick Clinic focuses on how to …
 
Get the best Offensive Line Drills so you get the best performance out of your Offensive Linemen. Your practice time is too limited to run hundreds of different drills. What drills should actually run? Over the past couple years, since turning to the 90 Minute Practice Plan, I've had to really examine just which Offensive Line drills were worth wha…
 
Coaches can learn a lot from tagging your game film in Hudl. You can also waste a lot of time. Hudl and other video analysis tools are a powerful tool for football coaches. Not only can you can quickly share film with your next opponent, your entire staff and all of your players. But you can get a ton of data when you tag your film properly. The pr…
 
Can you still spill the football with slow linebackers? Find out why teaching run fits isn’t about your players’ talents. This week’s question for the JDFB Quick Clinic is about the spill technique in the Miami 4-3 Defense, but it’s about more than that. This is about the importance of consistent teaching. And it’s about myths and misconceptions in…
 
Long Stick Technique is used by Defensive Ends in zone blitzes like the America’s Fire Zone. Find out how to coach it. If you want to run zone blitzes, you need to commit the time to execute. America’s Fire Zone is a great zone blitz, one of the most popular overloads you can run. But you can get yourself in trouble in a hurry. The Long Stick techn…
 
What’s the best key to read for Linebackers in the 33 Stack Defense? Don’t make it hard. Lots of coaches have tried lots of different reads for linebackers over time. We’re all looking for that perfect answer so that no matter what happens, we can tell our linebackers that if they just read their key they’ll always be right. That leads to a lot of …
 
Never underestimate a good mailbag episode. We hit on some important topics that you need to hear. This is the final mailbag episode for a while, since we’ve caught up to 2020 finally! And there’s a few good ones in here. Even if we touch on them a lot. You’ll find out the most important aspects of turning around a losing culture on your football t…
 
What do you do when you’ve got a dangerous running Quarterback, but your offense isn’t geared to him? You adjust. Any Offensive System that is worth its salt is able to utilize the best athletes on the field. If that’s not the case, you don’t have a System. Because you’re going to have to completely change the offense for a special athlete one day.…
 
The Iso Run Play is a classic downhill run play. But how can you make it safe in the modern game of football? This was a great question from a listener in response to an email I sent out last week. Like many of you, I’ve been watching a lot of old football… because there’s no new football. And those old school fullbacks got me thinking. What a grea…
 
What’s the ideal personnel for your 4-3 Defense Linebackers? Find out where to put your studs so you’re ready to dominate. The Miami 4-3 Defense has been around since the early 1980s. One of it’s most impressive qualities is the versatility in adapting to the evolution of offensive football over the last 4 decades. But that’s caused a little bit of…
 
No one knows when or if the 2020 High School Football Season will start. But we need to be prepared. I’ve heard this question a lot - so today’s episode is not a response to one particular question. It’s a response to a lot of questions from a lot of places, and related to the pandemic that is affecting all of our lives right now. How long does a H…
 
Now these are some good questions. Time to get back in a different sort of mailbag. Usually when we do a mailbag show, it’s just a huge collection of stuff that wasn’t enough for a full episode from my Twitter DM’s. Not this time. This time it’s 4 questions from an email I sent out, hitting a little bit of everything. Here’s the topics… Best advice…
 
The Jet Sweep is a great play, if you use it right in your offense. The big advantage comes from the counters. Today’s JDFB Quick Clinic question is a great one. It’s about running counters off the Jet Sweep motion. Probably my favorite reason to even put the Jet Sweep in the playbook. In the Pistol Power Offense System, Jet Sweep is a fairly cheap…
 
Defense is played Flat Down the Line. What does that even mean!? Football is a weird game. There’s tons of terminology, and none of it is universal. So to a coach just starting out, it can be a very confusing world. Today’s JDFB Quick Clinic tries to explain one of those terms. “Defense is played flat down the line” is a phrase one of our listeners…
 
It’s another dive into the Twitter Mailbag! We’re talking about Scout Team and off-season coaching preparation. The Mailbag episodes have become a tradition. Not because they need to happen a lot. More because these are questions I never thought we could do a full episode on - then find out we could’ve done a full episode on half of them. Or more. …
 
Defending Bunch Formations and other condensed looks can put a lot of stress on your defense. Here’s how to balance it out. Bunch formations are a great way to stress a defense by creating a condensed look for the defense. This week’s JDFB Quick Clinic question is about how you can shut ‘em down. We’re looking at a condensed bunch formation for thi…
 
You finally got the big promotion. Your first coordinator gig. How do you prepare old coaches for the new changes? You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. That’s the saying. And if that’s true about the old dogs on your coaching staff, you might be in for a long season. This week’s Quick Clinic question comes from a coach who was just promoted to De…
 
Cover 2 is a strong coverage in the right situations and with the right defensive front. With the wrong front, it’s broken. Great questions this week about the 4-2-5 Defense. It’s a two-part question too, so you’ll even get some bonus content. The first question is about running Cover 2 coverage and being forced to make adjustments on the weak side…
 
You’re an expert at coaching one position. Now you find yourself being asked to coach something completely different. Great question for this week’s JDFB Quick Clinic. What do you do when you’re asked to coach a position that you know very little about? It’s good for coaches to learn all facets of the game. If you want to be a coordinator or head c…
 
Diving back into the Mailbag Questions this week for topics including defending Wing-T and setting the defensive strength. Time to get back to the mailbag for questions that aren’t quite in-depth enough for a full episode. These go all the way back to January 2019, and there’s some good questions! We’ll talk about defending the Wing-T with the Unde…
 
Fundraising is a critical part of running a football program. Here’s a plan for a long-term fundraiser using email. A few months back on a podcast with Ron McKie, we talked about some out-of-the-box ideas for fundraising in our episode on leveling up your football team’s off-season. One that I’ve been getting a lot of questions about was the email …
 
You put your time in. Now you’re moving up to the big show! Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it seems. Great question on this week’s JDFB Quick Clinic, and one I hear a lot. You’ve put your time in at the Youth, Middle School, Freshman or JV levels… now you’re moving up. Moving up to the Varsity team. And there’s some nerves. Some concern about whe…
 
You know something is not right. This is not the job for you. How do you know the right time to look for a new team? Know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em. Kenny Rogers was right. Or The Gambler. Someone knew what they were talking about. Knowing when to walk away is tough. How do you know you’re on the wrong staff, or in the wrong situation…
 
You’ve tried everything to get your Quarterbacks to throw the ball on time. But they still hold the ball too long! If you think today’s Quick Clinic question is just about Quarterbacks, you couldn’t be more wrong. And it’s no different no matter what level you coach, or where you coach. This episode’s JDFB Quick Clinic question comes from a Quarter…
 
Use coverage checks to get your defense in the best position to defend the route combinations. But don’t overcomplicate it. In our JDFB defensive coaching systems we use a number of basic coverage checks to get your secondary in the best position to defend potential route combinations. But we can’t be confused doing it - so it needs to stay simple.…
 
Diving back into the Twitter DM’s for another Mailbag Episode! Find out why 7 on 7 is good, and why it’s not. Not every question that gets sent in for the JDFB Quick Clinic makes it to the air… until now! I’ve been working through the Twitter DM’s answering every question from 2018 and catching up on questions that might not have been ‘meaty’ enoug…
 
Are you gunning for a Head Coach position this year? Be prepared for those weird interview questions. It’s that time of year when coaches are interviewing for new positions. Or just trying to get the interview experience for down the road. And there’s always a few weird interview questions that come up. Today’s question comes from Twitter and asks …
 
You’re shutting ‘em down on 1st and 2nd Down. Then it all falls apart on 3rd Down. What went wrong? Love this question for today’s JDFB Quick Clinic. If you’ve been running a defense for very long, this has happened to your team. You dominate on 1st and 2nd Down, but then you can’t get off the field. Seems like everything is clicking until you get …
 
There are a number of ways to get your blitz calls into your players. Using Partners & Patterns is… a way. I’ve done a lot of experimenting over the years, and one of those was the Partners & Patterns blitz calling. It’s an idea I got from Shap Boyd for our 4-3 Defense System several years back. I’ll explain how the Partners & Patterns system works…
 
Is this a 21 Personnel Twins Formation, or a Single Wing Formation? Offensive Coordinators are bad people... It’s back to normal on this episode of the JDFB Quick Clinic, for a look at defending a 21 Personnel… or maybe an unbalanced Single Wing formation… with the 4-2-5 Defense. When you’re looking for ideas on how to shut down a weird offensive s…
 
Rapid Fire! Hitting all of those Twitter DM’s we didn’t get to. Or not even close. But getting a lot of them. Another week of blasting through the DM’s before we get back to our usual Q&A on the show. This week hit a ton of topics. Good, bad and ugly. What’s the best defense for the Single Wing? How can you get your players recruited? What’s that b…
 
Time to catch up on the huge backlog of questions in the Twitter DMs this week! I get a lot of questions through Twitter and email. They don’t all make the Quick Clinic just because some of them don’t seem like they’ll work for an episode. But it’s time to catch up! I’m going back through the log of Twitter DMs. Lots of random topics. Offense, Defe…
 
You want to get pressure on the Quarterback. What’s the best defense for bringing unstoppable pressure? Prepare to be disappointed. There’s no secret to putting pressure on the Quarterback. No special formula that puts him on his back. Today’s question is all about getting pressure on the Quarterback without sacrificing coverage. The Holy Grail. An…
 
Time to get ready for next season! But not so fast, you need to take a good look at last year, first. This time of year, everyone’s looking forward to next year. Looking for the keys to winning for the 2020 Season. But you’ve got to take some time to review last year before we get to that. Let’s take a look at what you need to study when you review…
 
Can you adjust your 4-2-5 Defense to defend the Power I or Wishbone Offense? Yes, and it’s pretty simple. Great question today for the JDFB Quick Clinic on defending 32 Personnel formations with a 4-2-5 Defense. Specifically, how to handle off tackle runs and outside sweep plays with compromising either one. In fact, it’s all built into the foundat…
 
How do you get your Linebackers to defend the run without getting lit up by a great RPO play? You don’t. Great question for today’s Quick Clinic on coaching Linebacker key reads against run-pass options. It’s a chance to remind ourselves that we can’t stop everything! We also get into coaching your underneath defenders in pattern match coverages. T…
 
Not a minute to spare. Practice time is valuable. How can you get more players involved during Team sessions? Whether you’ve got a lot of players on one team, or you’re combining your JV and Varsity just to have enough to run a team session, almost every team has some guys hanging out on the sidelines not participating. In today’s JDFB Quick Clinic…
 
Head Coaches can wear a lot of hats. How can you see other position groups when you’re coaching the Offensive Line? This week’s JDFB Quick Clinic hits close to home, since it’s something I’m pretty familiar with. How can you be the Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, and Offensive Line coach at the same time and still make sure everything is getting…
 
How do you get better pulls from your Guard in Power? How can you help receivers run better routes? It’s a 2 for 1! The rare 2 for 1 question on JDFB Quick Clinic! Today’s questions are all about the Pistol Power Offense System and how you can get more by focusing on the details. The first question relates to the Guard wrapping to the front side li…
 
Many Youth Football Defenses are geared toward stopping the run. How do you adjust when teams spread you out? OK this question goes all over the place. We’re talking about the 5-3 Defense against the Beast Formation. And against a Double Formation. There’s a lot happening here. We’re also talking about keeping it simple. Having a philosophy. Not ch…
 
How do you shut down the best athlete on the field? There’s a few tricks you can use to minimize the damage. High School Football has a big range of talent on the field. You’ve got guys who will never play a down of college football (and maybe shouldn’t have played any High School downs), against kids who are going to be in the NFL one day. The eli…
 
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