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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Oct 27, 2017

Sometimes, you just have to accept that a penalty will not be called. Even if it should be.

On this episode of the JDFB Quick Clinic, I’m answering a great question from Cameron, who sent his question in on Twitter @footballinfo.

The question is simply this: What do you teach when the defenders are cutting your pulling linemen?

We run into this a lot running The Pistol Power Offense System. Teams want to cut the H-Back or Guard who is kicking out.

And that’s illegal. But my experience is, you can’t expect it to get called. You certainly ask for the call… but don’t expect it.

Too bad, so sad. The longer you harp on it with the officials, the more the game is getting out of hand.

Instead, we better have some answers that we actually have control over. And that’s what you’ll when you listen to this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast!

I talk quite a bit about The Pistol Power Offense System in this episode. If you want to study this complete Offensive System right now, you can get instant access today. Visit to get all the details and get started today.

Oct 17, 2017

Great coaches are always learning. Always looking for new ideas and new ways to get more from your players.

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to know where to go for those ideas. There’s a lot of information on the internet. It’s hard to know what’s good and what’s bad.

I’ve even heard about this one guy who does two podcasts, writes a blog, has sold some eBooks and recorded a few videos. And then had the nerve to name a website after himself.

Anyway, back to the question at hand - Andrew sent me a great question on Twitter @footballinfo. He’s looking for some good coaching books!

Books are still my favorite way to get information. Especially when you want to go in-depth on a topic. Back in Episode 113 of The Football Coaching Podcast, I talked about the best football coaching books I had come across in my search:

On this episode of the The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic, I’ll pull the absolute top books from that list, as well as update it with a couple of my more recent favorites.

And then I plug my own books. Which are available only as part of JDFB Insider. Check out to learn about all of the benefits of being an Insider!


Oct 13, 2017

In the Pistol Power Offense System, Power is obviously one of the staple plays. If you’re going to run a lot of Power, you better have a Counter run play.

To keep it simple, our Counter run play is designed with the exact same blocking scheme as the Power play. Only two player’s assignments change.

But the look does change.

In today’s Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic, I’m answering a listener question on blocking the Counter run play against an Odd Front defense.

Specifically, the question was about the 3-4 Defense. But the rules are the same, and they’ll apply to any other Odd front. The 5-2 Defense, or the 3-5-3 Defense are going to be blocked basically the same.

If you want to learn more about the blocking scheme for the Power series in the Pistol Power Offense System, I’ve got an exclusive video series available for you right now. I’ll break down the Power, Counter and Power Pass in those 3 videos. And there’s no charge to you. Get access to those videos right now by visiting

Oct 10, 2017

This is always a struggle. Every Defensive Line Coach has faced it.

Pad level. “Fire out low and hard!

That never really works, by the way. Just screaming something about playing low has probably never solved the problem in the middle of a game.

I may be in the minority, but I don’t think chutes and sleds and all the other tools and toys out there really help that much either. Maybe over the longer course of a player’s career they do. But not in the short term.

If you’re in the middle of the season and your guys aren’t playing low, short term is what you need.

Then what do you do to get your defensive line to play low?

In Episode 85 of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic, I’m answering a listener question from Rob about how to get the Defensive Line to play lower. And how to do it fast!

I’ll give you my ideas on what really has an effect on the pad level of your defensive linemen. And what is just a total waste of your time.

We’ll look at tools, toys, stance, coaching points, and more on how to solve the age old defensive line coaching problem.

Before you get real excited, I’ll burst your bubble. This is not an easy problem to solve. And there is no ‘quick’ fix for it.

I go in depth on teaching Defensive Line Play in my 4-2-5 Defense System. To get an introduction to the 4-2-5 Defense System, visit to sign up for an exclusive 3 video series on coaching the foundations of the 4-2-5 Defense.


Oct 3, 2017

It might be the worst thing that could happen during your season. Especially for your players.

No one wants to be in the situation where a Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator or Defensive Coordinator is being fired. But it does happen. The situation comes up.

For a variety of reasons. It might be performance, it could be a clash with administration, or it may be something worse.

Sometimes the coach just leaves, too. Seen that happen as well.

Whatever the reason, you’re going to need a plan. A way to push forward and salvage this season for the players that are left behind.

And always remember, that’s who it’s about! Do all that you can do so that this group of players has the best possible experience they can.

In this episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic, I’ll share my ideas on what to do when the Head Coach or a Coordinator loses their job.

This question was sent in by a podcast listener on Facebook. You can send me your questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic to

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