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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Aug 29, 2017

Today’s listener question is all about a fundamental question for coaching your defensive line.

Spill it or squeeze it? There’s a lot of terms that get used here. Wrong arm the kick out block, or cage it?

Should we get under the block and force the ball carrier to bounce, or turn him back inside?

I’ll talk about my thoughts on this subject, but if you’ve been around me very long you probably know where I’m going.

Never one to assume I have all the answers, and you should always coach what you know. But what I know, is spilling the ball carrier to our force defenders.

Spilling the football is a big part of our defensive systems. It’s just the way I’ve learned football and it makes sense. To learn more about The 4-2-5 Defense System, visit


Aug 25, 2017

Need more control over your blitzing? Yes. Everyone does.

In our defensive systems at Joe Daniel Football, I teach the use of Field & Boundary calls. It gives you more control over where you’re going to bring your blitzes from - by giving you the ability to set the strength before the snap. Regardless of what the offense does.

On this episode of the Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic, I’ll teach you how to use those Field & Boundary calls in your defensive play calling.

More important, I’ll teach you a much simpler method that works better with kids. And one that you can install right now.

This question came from one of our JDFB Clients who is using the 4-2-5 Defense System for the first time this year. To learn more about The 4-2-5 Defense System, visit

Aug 22, 2017

How do you get your Quarterback to make better decisions? You teach him to read coverages.

Not just read coverages, but understand them. You’ll find a lot of High School Quarterbacks who have learned how to recognize Cover 3. But have no idea what it means.

In this episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic, I’ll give you some tips and tricks for teaching your Quarterback to read coverages. Then you’ll need to teach him what they mean.

QBs that can recognize the coverage, and understand what it means, can start to figure out where they’ll go with the football. Before the snap.

Having that knowledge will lead to better decision making on your passing plays.

In this episode, I talked about some of our passing triggers in The Pistol Power Offense System. You can get all the details on how to get instant access to the Pistol Power Offense System right now at

Aug 18, 2017

How do you get your Offensive Line to block longer? That’s the big question Offensive Line coaches are always trying to solve in your run blocking indy’s.

And it’s the question we’re answering this week on the JDFB Quick Clinic. How do you get your Offensive Linemen to stay engaged in the block as long as you need?

There’s two parts to this answer. One is in teaching your Offensive Linemen all phases of the block.

First step, position step. Second step, strike. That’s where we get the pop. The movement. Put the defensive lineman on his heels.

Third step is a gather step. Get the feet under you. That’s where sustaining the block starts. You can’t sustain a block if you just “FIRE OUT!” and “BLOCK SOMEBODY!”

That’s not coaching. That’s just yelling dumb stuff from the sidelines.

On the third step the blocker gets his base underneath him. Wide base. Quick feet. Keep the defender covered up.

Then you look for the finish. As soon as that defender turns his attention somewhere else, you finish him!

In Episode 73 of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic, I’ll talk in depth about how to help your Offensive Linemen sustain blocks as long as they need to.

Want more on the Offensive Line? JDFB Insiders get access to the Complete Offensive Line Coaching Formula. It’s a 12 hour course on coaching the Offensive Line, and you can get instant access at

Aug 16, 2017

I have a VERY important question from one of our listeners for today’s episode. How do you teach your players to use the helmet and/or facemask in blocking?

It’s interesting because this got me a little riled up. That may not take much, but this one is really important.

Not because I think the coaches that are teaching anything involving the helmet are bad coaches. But because we have to stop.

I used to teach hat & hands for defensive linemen. Getting the head across on the tackle. You know, all the old stuff.

When we teach blocking now, as with tackling, it’s about keeping the head out of contact. As much as possible, we’re trying to protect against head trauma.

Tall order in a violent sport. But we have to do everything we can to keep our players safe. And save the sport.

Listen to today’s episode to hear all about why you should never involve the helmet in your teaching, even if you can’t keep it completely out of the contact forever.

Aug 11, 2017

When is the right time to change your defense? And should you change it at all?

There’s a lot of factors that go into this. Today I’m answering a listener question about transitioning from the 4-2-5 Defense to the 3-4 Defense.

We’ll talk about what to consider when you look at your players, but also what to think about with your coaching staff.

This is a big decision, so it’s worth listening to this episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic!

Want to learn more about the 4-2-5 Defense or 3-4 Defense? You get access to BOTH Systems when you join JDFB Insider! Visit to get all the details.

Aug 9, 2017

This week’s question comes from a Youth / Middle School Football Coach who wants to run a Zone blocking scheme.

Interesting question. I’d be a lot of coaches would say no. You may need to tweak some things, but you can absolutely do this.

One mistake I learned on Zone blocking, was trying to look just like an NFL or Division 1 college team. We block Zone a little differently. But not much.

Listen to this JDFB Quick Clinic to hear my thoughts on coaching the Zone blocking schemes with younger players.

And to learn more about our Zone Scheme, check out The Pistol Power Offense System at

Aug 4, 2017

Even more on the weak side of your 4-2-5 Defense in Quarters Coverage. This is a common topic, and it’s important to note that this is not a natural fit. See for all the details on that.

In this episode I’ll talk about how you can handle 2 by 2 formations with 10 Personnel in your Quarters Coverage with the 4-2-5 Defense.

And if you want to learn more about The 4-2-5 Defense System, visit for all the details on how you can get Instant Access to this complete defensive package.

Aug 2, 2017

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the weak side or Away Side in the TCU terminology, for Split Field Coverage with the 4-2-5 Defense. Today on the Quick Clinic, I’m answering one of them.

Joe asked about playing the Sky check on the away side. In the Sky check we roll the Weak Safety down to play like an outside linebacker. The Corner is responsible for playing the deep half.

Check out my explanation on this episode of The JDFB Quick Clinic!

And if you want to learn more about The 4-2-5 Defense System, visit for all the details on how you can get Instant Access to this complete defensive package.