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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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Sep 19, 2018

Calling blitzes is easy. Coaching proper Linebacker Blitz Technique so that blitz is successful, is harder.

Defensive Coordinators love dialing up the perfect blitz. You hate seeing that perfect blitz run right past the ball carrier.

Today’s episode is a question by email about how to coach your proper Linebacker blitz technique so that your guys don’t run past the play or get destroyed by the blocking scheme. We’ll talk about blitzing on run downs vs. pass downs, and how the technique changes for each situation.

You can send in your questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic by messaging me on Twitter @footballinfo or sending an email to me at joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Sep 12, 2018

Pistol Diamond is a great formation to build your offensive playbook around. But how much do you need to have?

The Pistol Diamond formation can be a great power running formation with 3 backs in the backfield. You can base an entire offense out of one formation.

But how much is too much? Today’s JDFB Quick Clinic question comes from a coach who’s building his youth football playbook around Pistol Diamond. How can he get enough plays without confusing his players?

You can send in your questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic by messaging me on Twitter @footballinfo or sending an email to me at joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Sep 7, 2018

Plans change with short chains and in the Red Zone. Here’s how to plan your 4-2-5 Defense short yardage coverage package.

No defense is perfect. At some point, the offense is going to move the ball on you and get into short yardage situations, into the red zone and down to the goal line. No matter how good you are!

Be prepared. In today’s episode I’ll answer a listener question on preparing your 4-2-5 defense coverage package for short yardage situations.

You can send in your questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic by messaging me on Twitter @footballinfo or sending an email to me at joe@joedanielfootball.com.

Aug 29, 2018

One of the keys to great play up front is your Defensive Line pad level. How can you get your athletes to play low?

Your defensive line’s pad level must be low to win the battle up front. There’s multiple ways to accomplish this goal, but unfortunately there’s not a good quick fix.

Today’s JDFB Quick Clinic question is about playing your Defensive Line in a 4-point stance in order to lower their pad level. Is that the right solution, or is there another way? We’ll deep dive on lower pad level in this episode.

You can send in your questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic by messaging me on Twitter @footballinfo or sending an email to me at joe@joedanielfootball.com.

 

Aug 22, 2018

Safety is becoming the name of the game in coaching. If you're not focusing on it and coaching your players to keep the head out of contact, you're behind the times. And potentially a danger to your players and to the sport.

We're past the point of ignoring this, or loud mouthed proclamations about toughness. This JDFB Quick Clinic is a response to an email sent from a coach who has been ahead of the game on teaching safety. 

You can send in your questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic by messaging me on Twitter @footballinfo or sending an email to me at joe@joedanielfootball.com

Aug 15, 2018

How can you keep running your Power against a Bear Front? Here’s how to make sure you can do it.

Bear Front is another tough defense to run your Power run play against. Or any inside run play, for that matter.

Sure, you might want to just run outside or throw the ball. But if Power is your team’s feature play, you want to run it against anything. This week’s listener question asks how we can handle the back side 3-technique when running power against a bear front.

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.

Aug 9, 2018

Run-heavy defenses can seem impossible to run against. But blocking a 6-2 Defense with your Power Play is anything but impossible.

When you’re facing a Youth Football defense or a Goal Line defense, you don’t want to abandon your best run play. If your best play is Power, here’s how to handle those stacked fronts.

Today’s episode answers a Youth Football question about blocking a 6-2 Defense with the Power play. We’ll break down blocking a 6-2 Defense, on the Goal Line or in every-down situations for lower levels.

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.

 

Aug 1, 2018

The 6-Technique Defensive End requires some special teaching. But the rewards can be great for your run defense.

Coaching the Pressure Key and Visual Key for a 6-Technique Defensive End takes a lot of time. And you’ve got to have the right guy for the job. Both the player, and the coach.

But the result can be a big change for your 4-4 Defense or 4-2-5 Defense. The 6 Technique Defensive End can help string out edge runs in a way that an inside shade player just can’t!

In today’s episode of the JDFB Quick Clinic, I’ll answer a listener question on coaching the pressure key and visual key for the 6 Technique Defensive End.

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 25, 2018

How do you adjust Power Read when the defense is blitzing right at you? Here’s a few adjustments you can make.

Power Read is one of my favorite plays found in most Spread Option playbooks. We’ve run it as a variation on our own Pistol Power Offense base play.

In this episode of the Quick Clinic, we look at how to adjust the play when defenses are blitzing into the face of your favorite play. A few simple tweaks to get the defense back in check.

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 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.

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