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Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic

The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is short, informative podcasts for American Football Coaches. I record them in the car on the way to practice, so you're not here for the audio quality. And if you're not a football coach, you probably won't like the show. Just a warning. If you are a coach... you're going to get some great ideas.
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Jul 18, 2018

How do you stop the Single Wing Offense? What’s the best defense for it?

The Single Wing Offense is a tough one. It looks a lot different than what you might see week in and week out.

I have a little insider knowledge, as we used an unbalanced Single Wing alignment to run our goal line offense. You wouldn’t believe the looks your players have to deal with!

Today’s episode answers the question, “How do you stop the Single Wing?”. It’s not as complicated as you might think!

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to questions sent on Twitter. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Jul 11, 2018

Should you run an Odd Front Defense to disrupt the center exchange? Will a few fumbles win your a Championship?

 

Love this question. We talk about it a lot. Does playing a nose guard over the center actually create more fumbles?

Honest answer is I have no idea. But our JDFB Quick Clinic question addresses changing the defense to get a few more fumbles. Check out this episode to hear whether it’s worth it!

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to questions sent by Email. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Jul 4, 2018

How can I get into coaching football? What Defense should I run? And where can I find that podcast I remember!?

Today’s episode of The JDFB Quick Clinic is a potpourri of coaching information. We go from the job search to counting fronts and more.

It’s a mailbag episode for the 4th of July holiday! Celebrate America’s Independence with the JDFB Quick Clinic… and a hot dog, a cold beer, and some recklessly planned homemade fireworks shows.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to questions sent by Twitter. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com

Jun 27, 2018

How do you run your Defensive Line stunts? On the snap or wait to recognize pass sets?

 

The topic this week for the JDFB Quick Clinic is all about Defensive Line stunts. More specifically, how should you execute those stunts?

Some coaches like to execute the stunt on the snap. Others wait to see the Offensive Line pass set. It all depends on what you’re running those stunts for!

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to a question sent by Twitter. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Jun 20, 2018

Is it taboo to ask other coaches to exchange film? Here’s the right way to do it...

 

Scouting a big game on the schedule? Want to see how another team runs that play you’re trying to install? All reasons to request a film exchange.

But should you? Is it the right thing to do? And how do you go about asking for game film the right way? This week’s episode of the JDFB Quick Clinic answers a listener question about exchanging film with teams you don’t play.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to a question sent by Twitter. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Jun 13, 2018

Is it the right time to take this Head Coach position? Here’s what every young football coach needs to consider.

 

Every one of us, early in our career, thought we knew everything. If you were in charge, you’d do things different. And it would work.

Actually, this JDFB Quick Clinic is in response to an email from a coach with a very different perspective. He’s not sure he’s ready to take on that responsibility, but it may be falling to him anyway.

I took the opportunity to answer that question, and share my thoughts on what every young football coach needs to consider before taking a Head Football Coach position.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to a question sent by email. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Jun 6, 2018

Why do you play the 4-3 Defense Strong Defensive End in a 9 Technique? Wouldn’t it be better to play him in a 7 Technique, inside of the Tight End?

I hear from a lot of coaches who want to run the Strong Defensive End in a 7 technique, to control C Gap and help protect the Inside Linebackers.

There’s no problem with it. It’s what we do in the 4-2-5 Defense. And that, in itself, is the primary difference in the two fronts.

Check out my response to a question from Josh on defending strong side Power by adjusting the alignment of the 4-3 Defense Strong Defensive End on this episode of The JDFB Quick Clinic!

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to questions sent on Twitter. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com

May 30, 2018

How do you defend Unbalanced? What coverage do you run in 7 on 7? Can I change my defense?

Time to get caught up on some mailbag questions. None of the questions for today was long enough for its own episode. But every one is important.

Today’s mailbag questions involve defending unbalanced formations into the boundary, 7 on 7 coverages, and when to change your defense!

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to questions sent by email. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

May 23, 2018

How do you get your defensive play calls in for Youth Football? If your playbook is simple, it doesn’t take much.

At the youth level, it’s all about getting your players to enjoy the game and play with great fundamentals. Focus on that.

Scheme won’t win you nearly as many games as great execution will. That’s true at every level.

On this week’s episode of the JDFB Quick Clinic, I’ll answer an email question about how to make your play calls for Youth Football Defense. It comes down to one thing: Keep It Simple!

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to a question sent by email. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

May 16, 2018

You’ve got to develop your JV Team to have continued success on Varsity. How do you make sure they’re getting better and having fun?

Junior Varsity coaches can be in a tough spot. You want to keep the enthusiasm of your players high. Make them love the game of football.

You also need to win games. And prioritize development of those players who are going to contribute to Varsity in the near future.

On this week’s JDFB Quick Clinic, we’ll look at the role of the JV Coach. And how to best accomplish those goals.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to a question sent on Twitter. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

May 9, 2018

Who Should Your Inside Linebackers Read in the 3-4 Defense? Listen to this Episode to Find Out.

Linebacker Reads are the most popular topic on the Quick Clinic podcast. There’s lots of ways to do it, and none of them are the ‘right’ way.

This listener question focuses on Linebacker Reads in the 3-4 Defense. We’ll talk about the options, and why you might choose each one as your preferred method of getting your Linebacker to the point of attack, faster.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to a question sent by email. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

 

May 2, 2018

How do you defend Unbalanced Formations in your 4-2-5 Defense? This one will add a little more stress.

Today’s JDFB Quick Clinic question was sent to me on Twitter asking a specific question on defending Unbalanced I-Twins with the 4-2-5 Defense. So we’ve got to get out the mental whiteboard and draw it up!

We’ve run this formation as part of the Pistol Power Offense System in the past. Some teams fail to adjust as you’ve added two unbalanced elements to one formation.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to a question sent by email. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Apr 25, 2018

The perfect practice plan will fly by and end with everyone feeling confident. But how do you know the right split for your team?

Should your practice plans use split days for Offense and Defense? Or days focused on Offensive and Defensive practice?

If your team is a 2-platoon group, that’s an easy one. But when you aren’t 2-platoon, this is a key decision for your team’s practice planning success.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to a question sent by email. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

 

Apr 20, 2018

Should you 2-Gap your Defensive Linemen in the 3-5-3 Defense? Here’s one idea on how to get it done.

I’ve always been a proponent of slanting for your 3-5-3 Defensive Line. It’s what we teach in the 33 Stack Defensive System.

But there’s more than one way to be successful in coaching football. That’s true of pretty much everything in the game. And this week’s episode looks at another way to get the job done up front in your 3-5-3 Defense.

Gus sends in a question on Twitter about coaching 2-Gap Defensive Linemen in the 3-5-3 Defense. It’s a topic I’ve been studying more recently.

In this show I also mentioned Vinny Fazio’s 3-5-3 Defense book that you can find at eightlaces.org. I recently attended a great clinic session with Coach Fazio and love what he’s doing with this defense.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to a question sent by email. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

 

Apr 11, 2018

How do you adjust your 4-2-5 Defense to defend against a T-Formation attack? Check out these ideas.

The T-Formation isn’t the offensive football scheme of choice that it once was. Modern football has shifted to a lot more wide open attack.

But your 4-2-5 Defense, or any other modern defense your football team is running, better be prepared to defend those downhill rushing attacks with 32 Personnel.

Today’s question comes from Steve by email. He asks about defending a T-Formation with 2 Tight Ends using the 4-2-5 Defense.

I’ll share some adjustments, and considerations to make based on your personnel, in this episode!

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to a question sent by email. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Apr 4, 2018

Tackling is not about being ‘aggressive’ in today’s football. Tackling is about getting in the right position.

It doesn’t matter what style of tackling you teach. That’s a different argument.

Great tackling comes down to getting in the right position, and taking the momentum away from the ball carrier. If you can do that, you can get him to the ground.

Today’s topic comes from a Youth Football Coach whose players were tackling too high, and unable to hold on to finish the play. We’ll talk about how to drill your athletes for better tackling technique on the field.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to a question sent by email. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Mar 28, 2018

I always said being a Coordinator was the perfect coaching job. What changed?

Last week I was named the Head Football Coach, after two seasons as Offensive Coordinator at the same school. And I’ve been pretty public in saying that I was not seeking that job.

Things change. In today’s episode of the JDFB Quick Clinic, I’ll talk about why I decided to throw my name in the hat, and to eventually accept the position as Head Football Coach.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is NOT a response to a question sent to me by email. But most of them are. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

 

Mar 21, 2018

 

How can you get the most out of 7 on 7 leagues and tournaments? Play a coverage that will help you win in the regular season!

 

7 on 7 passing leagues are extremely important for your football team to have success. If you use it the right way.

On this JDFB Quick Clinic, we’ve got a question from Robert about the best coverage to use with your 4-2-5 Defense in 7 on 7 this year.

Don’t worry if you don’t run a 4-2-5 Defense, my response applies to any defense. And it’s simple. Run what’s going to help your team the most! That’s probably not 2-man.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is a response to a question sent to me by email. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Mar 14, 2018

 

How do you coach your Defensive Linemen differently when they’re playing an Inside Shade vs an Outside Shade?

 

You know I want to keep it simple. But playing an inside shade is not always simple for kids that work on playing an outside shade most of the time.

This question was brought up on Twitter and it’s a great one. I’ll give you some solutions for when this is your primary technique, versus when it’s just a part of a change-up front. Plus a few more considerations to think about.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is a response to a question sent to me on Twitter. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Mar 7, 2018

What needs to be on your Offensive Play Call Sheet? Here’s my process for putting it together.

 

Everyone’s offensive play call sheet is a little different. Each coach has certain answers they need to see when they look down during the game.

Here’s the process I use to put together a play call sheet during the week. We start on Sunday with a big package, and then narrow it down during the week.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is a response to a question sent to me on Twitter. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Feb 27, 2018

 

How do you coach your Inside Linebackers to read Outside Zone? We made one big change to keep up with modern offenses.

 

It used to be very simple to coach Inside Linebackers to read the outside run. Then Spread Offenses changed the game.

You need to update your Inside Linebacker reads to handle outside runs like Power Read or RPOs off of the stretch run game or you’ll be in trouble!

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is a response to a question sent to me by email. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Feb 21, 2018

How can you adjust your Quarters Coverage for 9 Man Football? It’s pretty simple, actually.

I coach 11 man football. But 9-man football has always been interesting to me.

Just like 6-man, 8-man and 12-man games, the fact remains that this is still football. You fill up all the gaps, cover all the receivers or zones, and you’re in business.

But coaches have got to be able to apply the principles that are used in 11-man football, without losing the sound aspects of defensive football. In this episode, we’ll talk about how to do that.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is a response to a question sent to me by email. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

 

Feb 14, 2018

 

Every Football Coach is trying to maximize the talent of his players. Is 2-Platoon the best way to do that for your team?

 

Some coaches live by the 2-platoon philosophy. Playing guys on one side of the ball has a lot of benefits.

More players get on the field. Players are able to master their position. And coaches can put a little more into that playbook when kids don’t need to learn both sides.

But is it right for your team? I’ll share my thoughts on 2-platoon in this episode of The JDFB Quick Clinic.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is a response to a question sent to me by email. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Feb 6, 2018

You know the play calling isn’t the problem, but you’ve got to make a change. How do you know when it’s time to change the game plan?

 

Sometimes the play calling just isn’t the problem. You know your scheme should be working, but the players just aren’t executing.

Maybe it’s because you’re out-gunned. Or you just didn’t get the fundamentals taught to your players correctly. But it’s a problem.

Here’s how you can decide when it’s time to make that critical adjustment to try to get back on track. Even if the scheme isn’t really the issue.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is a response to a question sent to me on Twitter. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Jan 30, 2018

What should the Press Box Coach be looking for? How can you help the Offensive Coordinator make better play calls?

The Press Box Coach in a football game can have a big impact. But it’s not an easy job.

A good press box coach has to know the offense. He needs to be able to communicate what adjustments you’re seeing from the defense. What wasn’t in the game plan?

More important, a good press box coach must stay calm and deliver exactly what the play caller has asked for. It’s on the play caller to communicate that.

Listen to this episode of the JDFB Quick Clinic to find out what jobs a good press box coach will perform.

This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is a response to a question sent to me on Twitter. You can send questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to me on Twitter @footballinfo or by email to joe@joedanielfootball.com.

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