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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Sep 22, 2017

Spring Football Practice has this kind of mythical aura about it around the country. Some states allow it in High School Football, while others don’t.

Those of us who don’t have it may long for the opportunity to work with our players for an extra few practices. Coaches who do have Spring Football Practice will strive to maximize those extra reps.

But is it a good idea? Is it the best thing for your players?

In this episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic, we’re going to talk about Spring Football Practice. Is it a good thing for your football players? Or for football coaches?

Listen to Episode 83 to hear my thoughts!

Sep 19, 2017

There’s nothing more important in your passing game than pass protection for the Quarterback. Like everything else in football, it all starts up front.

What’s the best pass protection scheme to use for your big guys? There’s a lot of options.

Big on Big. Half-Slide. Full Slide. Turnback protection.

5 man protection? 6 man? 7 man? When do you need to max protect for him?

Seems like the big questions that need to be answered. Of course, this doesn’t even begin to touch on protection techniques. That’s a whole different, and much longer clinic.

Leo sent in a great question for the JDFB Quick Clinic and it’s the one we’re answering on today’s episode. You can send in your questions to

Beyond just deciding what style of protection to use, you have to look at how everything works together.

The timing of the routes. The route releases. How long will the Quarterback have?

In the Pistol Power Offense System, our pass protection is tied into the Quarterback reads and receiver releases. You need a QB who can look at some simple keys in the defense, and check the protection if necessary.

Doesn’t take a lot of teaching. But he has to get used to it early. And you have to stay on top of it as a coach.

Listen to this week’s episode for the short version on pass protection for your offense. Then check out The Pistol Power Offense System at for more in-depth teaching on how to tie your protection, routes and QB reads together.

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Sep 15, 2017

The weak side of the 4-3 Defense has been the source of a lot of questions. I may be a little different in the way I want that backer to play.

From the ‘spin down’ technique, to the wider alignment than most coaches would play. Differences in pass coverage. Preference on personnel. I’ve got some ideas that don’t match up with what I see in a lot of places.

That’s OK though. I feel pretty good about them.

Today’s JDFB Quick Clinic has a great question about how the Will Linebacker in the 4-3 Defense should take on and defeat blocks from Logan.

Since he didn’t mention what the coverage is, I made an assumption that we’re using the Quarters Coverage that I teach in our 4-3 Defense System. You can get instant access to the entire 4-3 Defense System when you become a JDFB Client. Visit to get all the details.

I’ve posted a video that goes in depth on the different Quarters Coverage checks that I talk about in this episode. If you’re not familiar with them, you’ll want to check this video out:

The most important thing to consider, is what the responsibility of the Will Linebacker is against the outside run in your 4-3 Defense. That will depend on the coverage, and coverage check, that you decide to run.

This episode also gets at the heart of my single biggest concern in coaching defensive football today. Don’t get beat outside.

Listen to this episode of the JDFB Quick Clinic right now to hear all about how you can coach your Will Linebacker to defeat blocks and fit the run in your 4-3 Defense!

Sep 12, 2017

Defensive Coordinators seeing more and more 10 personnel, Trips formations. Just when you think the Spread philosophy may have reached it’s peak, it… spreads… a little more.

On this episode of the Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic, I’m answering a listener question about defending sprint outs and roll out to the Trips side, with a running back helping to protect the Quarterback.

This is a dangerous situation. If you don’t do anything, the QB can pull it down and run. He’s often the most athletic guy on the field, and we don’t want him running free with the football. Or having all day to find an open receiver.

Then there’s the alternative. Bring up the wrong guy, and you could be leaving a receiver wide open down the field for an easy catch and a huge gain. That’s no good, either.

How do we handle it? Listen to this episode for our rules on defending roll outs and sprint out passing from The 4-2-5 Defense System. It’s a simple run that will keep your defense sound against a tough look.

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Sep 8, 2017

Details are critical in coaching football. If you don’t pay attention to the details, you don’t win a lot of games. And there’s a lot of detail in an Offensive Line stance.

The question is, which details do you pay attention to? What is important, and what is just a waste of time?

Chad sent me a question on Twitter @footballinfo asking whether he needed to worry about which hand his is down in his Offensive Line stance.

Their team is moving from the Wing-T to a Spread Offense. (I know, it made me sad, too.) In the Wing-T Offensive Line stance, they put down whichever hand was comfortable.

In this episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic, I’ll discuss whether this detail is something you should be worried about. Something you’re willing to put your time and effort into coaching.

In fact, we’ll talk about whether you should have a hand down at all. I’ve listened to a lot of good coaches lately who prefer a 2-point Offensive Line stance. Maybe that’s the answer?

The truth is, there’s no one right answer. But it’s worth diving into. I’ll talk about all of it in today’s episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic!

During this episode I also told you about the offensive line stance we teach in The Pistol Power Offense System. If you want to learn more about that System, you can get my exclusive 3 video series at no cost. Just visit and enter your email address to get instant access.

Sep 4, 2017

Every football defense needs to have a plan for defending trips formations. In fact, you need more than one way.

There should be a base plan for defending trips formations. The way you’ll handle these sets when all else fails. Your fall back, and the most solid and comfortable plan.

Then there’s a blitz plan. A way to get pressure on teams lining up in 3x1 formations.

The third way could involve a number of methods, but it’s usually based on game plan. You need to know the strengths of your opponent to do this.

Whatever you decide to do when defending trips formations, you have to make sure that it’s sound. And there’s one simple rule to follow when you figure this out.

Can you defend Speed Option to the weak side? If they run Speed Option and read your Defensive End, or anyone else over there, can you still stop the play?

I see a lot of teams leaving this open to the weak side. And that’s OK, if you’re sure your opponent can’t run it. But if they can, you’ll be in trouble.

Listen to this episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic to hear how we are defending trips formations. I’ll talk about some simple alignments from the 4-2-5 Defense System, and how you can be sure you are able to handle Speed Option to the single receiver side.

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Sep 1, 2017

It’s my favorite play. And we’re talking about the biggest problem you’ll have running it.

This mailbag question comes from Zach, who’s got the Power run play in his offensive playbook. But the backside linebacker has been giving them problems.

This is a major focus in how I teach the blocking in our Pistol Power Offense System. The BSLB will screw this play up for your offense more than anyone else.

Took a lot of time and adjustments to learn this. He seems like an afterthought when you’re first putting the play in. Then you get smashed in the backfield repeatedly by a guy who does a good job reading the guard.

He hits backside, frontside… he’s killing you. What’s the plan? How do you handle that guy?

Listen to this episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic to find out how we teach our players to block the Power run play, and how we put a major emphasis on controlling that backside linebacker so that the play keep moving the chains.

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