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 28, 2017

Gideon sent in a question that every coach needs the answer to. How do you change a player’s position?

Seems easy, right? And in the old school coaching world, it was. You just tell him to change positions. Like it or not.

Sometimes that works. Sometimes you lose a kid for the rest of the season. Or the rest of his career.

Listen to this episode of The JDFB Quick Clinic to learn how football coaches can sell a player into accepting that new position as a promotion, instead of a demotion.

Jul 26, 2017

I want to share a new tool with you. A free tool for football coaches here in the United States.

The U.S. Army has put together a playbook app that’s available on Android, iPhone, Windows and a web based application (that I use on my MacBook). It will create a beautiful 3-D Playbook for your football team.

On this edition of the JDFB Quick Clinic, I’ll tell you more about the app. What it can do, what it can’t do, and why you need to go get this free app!

To get the app, visit and get started. You can also search for it in the App Store on iPhone (and probably elsewhere, but that’s the only one I know how to use anymore).

Jul 21, 2017

Coaches everywhere struggle with this major practice problem. I’m going to give you some solutions.

Practice starts, and you look around. There’s about 19 guys here today. What are you going to do?

The obvious answer is to go half line and get your work in that way.

But there’s a second issue. Your scout team when you go half line… awful.

Terrible. So bad it’s not even worth working against them.

You still have to get your guys ready. The competition on Game Day isn’t going to care about your practice problems.

In this episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic, I’m answering a listener question on this exact situation. And giving you a few ideas on how to maximize that practice time, and still get your players ready.

Looking for more Practice Planning guidance? Check out Football Coaching Podcast Episode 204 - 4 Step Blueprint to Pre-Season Practice Planning

Jul 19, 2017

The next step down the path in the Football Film Timeline is Apex Football. And they’ve all but disappeared from the earth today.

Apex’s big feature was the ability to input your data using voice recognition. It was a very cool, though at times very frustrating, feature for football coaches.

In June 2012, Hudl purchased Apex Football. It was one of the last steps on Hudl’s path to completely dominating the market.

Listen to today’s JDFB Quick Clinic to get your fix of some old school football film study.

Jul 14, 2017

JP sent in a question on Facebook asking where to play his stud player in the 4-4 Defense. Mike? Outside Linebacker? Free Safety?

There’s a few things to get out of this podcast. The biggest one is changing out decision making process as coaches.

If you want to send in a question for the JDFB Quick Clinic, just contact me at with “Podcast Question” in the subject.

Want to run your own 4-4 Defense? You can get access to my exclusive 4-2-5 Defense Video Series right now, at no charge. Visit to get started. (yes, it’s the same as a 4-4 Defense)


Jul 12, 2017

Today’s Quick Clinic is in response to a question sent by Alaric to me on Facebook. He wants to know why more coaches aren’t running the Wing-T Offense.

It’s a great question, because this offense has been so effective over the years.

The answer? Some of it may surprise you. Some of it won’t.

But there’s a lot more coaches running the Wing-T Offense, or parts of it, than you think.

Want more on the Wing-T Offense? Check out Episode 203 of The Football Coaching Podcast, on the Origins of the Wing-T Offense.

You can get instant access to my 3 video series on The Pistol Power Offense System right now. Visit to sign up now.

Jul 7, 2017

Mental Toughness. It’s a very popular coaching buzzword today.

Suck it up, get back in there! That’s what most coaches are thinking when a kid gets a little limp. Or feels tired.

But is that the right reaction?

Let’s leave the head injuries out of this. I’m talking about those injuries that aren’t potentially life-threatening, but still need to be addressed.

When should you leave a kid in the game? When is it better to take him out and get a fresh player in the game?

Listen to this episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic to hear the stream of consciousness discussion.


Jul 5, 2017

Not everyone will remember this blast from the past. The one’s that do will certainly have some mixed emotions.

Landro is still in existence, I think - at Though I couldn’t find much evidence that the football product has been updated since 2014.

But in the mid-2000’s, the Landro blue box was at the height of football coaching technology. At least, for a brief moment.

Take a walk down memory lane as I mis-remember everything about the first ‘Video Analysis’ tool I ever used.

Jul 3, 2017

What’s the reason you coach? This is a real look at our motivations behind our crazy hours, insane passion, and ridiculous drive to succeed in this sport.

You do it for the kids. Every coach says that. And for the vast majority of coaches, it’s absolutely true.

But the kids aren’t your only reason. Maybe for a few, a rare breed that is truly driven to just give, and give, and give.

No, this is not a podcast about what great things we do for the kids. We do, but that’s discussed in plenty of other books, blogs and podcasts.

This is a podcast about your ego, coach. And how it’s OK to have an ego. And some ulterior motive to sacrificing a huge portion of your life for the game of football.