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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Apr 5, 2017

The Jet Sweep is a great play. But not just because you get running really fast.

There’s lots of reasons to use the Jet Sweep. It can be a key component to your offense. To setting up your offense.

In this episode of The JDFB Quick Clinic, I’ll give you the 3 main reasons your offense should use the Jet Sweep Play.

We incorporate the Jet Sweep into our Pistol Power Offense System. You can get a Free Video Series at

Apr 4, 2017

I love the Miami 4-3 Defense. But there’s one guy who can’t play this thing without.

The Mike Linebacker in the Miami 4-3 Defense is going to be in a war against 2-back offenses. He’s the reason this defense is so tough on the option, too.

There’s some important qualities you need to look for, though! I’ll talk about them in this edition of The Quick Clinic.

Get the basics of The Miami 4-3 Defense with this article: Coaching the 4-3 Defense: The Basics

For more on The Miami 4-3 Defense, check out How To Coach The 4-3 Defense on The Football Coaching Podcast.

Mar 29, 2017

You can align your Quarterback under center, in pistol or in the gun. Each alignment has advantages and disadvantages.


Under Center alignment is the traditional QB Alignment. Pistol and Gun have become much more popular in the last decade at the High School level.


In this episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic, I’ll talk about why you should use the Under Center alignment for your quarterback.


Looking for a complete Offensive System that your team can actually afford? Check out The Pistol Power Offense System.


Don’t let the name fool you. We run from under center a lot.


Mar 27, 2017

When you’re running an Even Front Defense, there’s one dude that is hard to find. And completely irreplaceable.

The 3-technique Defensive Tackle, your strong Tackle, is extremely important. He’s the one true Defensive Tackle you need in a Miami 4-3 Defense. It’s hard to survive without him.

Big and strong. Low center of gravity. Active and athletic for his size.

One man cannot block him. Two men cannot move him. That’s the 3-tech.

We use a 3-Tech Defensive Tackle in the Miami 4-3 Defense and in the 4-2-5 Defense System. Both of those Systems are part of your JDFB Insider Membership.

Mar 22, 2017

One of the most important things for an Offensive Coordinator to know, is how many chances he has. You’ve got to know if it’s 4 down territory or not.

That’s a decision that needs to be made immediately. Not when you get to the 4th down situation.

Going into the game with a clear idea of how good your punt team is, or your field goal unit, will help you make the decision. But you also have to remain engaged with the game and sometimes… go with your gut!

With The Pistol Power Offense System, we have some great plays. But we have to know when 2 or 3 yards is going to be there, and when it’s not. Check out The Pistol Power Offense System at

Mar 20, 2017

I’m a really big fan of efficient in practice. There’s a time to teach and there’s a time to get reps.

We use circuits to get a lot of reps for the entire team, in a short period of time. It’s a great way to use your coaching staff.

Check out this episode to see how circuits can help speed up your football practice.

Inside JDFB Insider, within our systems and web clinics, I use a lot of different circuits you can check out. Click here for more information

Mar 16, 2017



Hurry Up, No Huddle offenses make everything a little tougher. On defense, we have to get the play in really fast.

That doesn’t mean you need to be one-dimensional. Just use one-word play calls! That concept goes great with the 33 Stack Defense, too.

For more on The 33 Stack Defense, check out these two articles: 5 Facts About the 3-3-5 Defense and 10 Reasons to Run The 33 Stack Defense

And get instant access to the Complete 33 Stack Defensive System here.

Mar 13, 2017

There’s a delicate balance. You want to get everything you can out of watching game film. You do not want to waste your entire life in a dark room every weekend.

In this episode of JDFB Quick Clinic I’ll share steps you can take to break down football film. Without breaking down your life.

I don’t think there’s a set system to this. It’s a lot of feel. But you’ll get some good ideas that you can use for your team.

Mar 8, 2017

Do you need to script your offense? I think so. I wrote about that in this article.

But how much should you script? Totally different question. The answer is, as always, it depends.

To find out how to put together your Game Plan and figure out which plays I’m scripting, check out The Pistol Power Offense System

Mar 6, 2017

Every coverage has a weakness. No matter what anyone tells you, there is no solution to that problem.

It’s the beauty of football.

That includes Split Field, Pattern Match coverages like our Quarters Coverage system. You just have to know where to attack it.

Check out this episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic to find out where your Offense can attack Quarters Coverage to move the football down the field.

For the entire Pistol Power Offense System, including the Quarters Coverage beaters, check out

Mar 1, 2017

I love Quarters Coverage. Yes, I love Cover 1. I like a spot drop Cover 3 for the simplicity. But the beauty of Quarters Coverage is the answer.

Built in answers to absolutely anything the offense can do to you. This is a coverage package I learned from Shap Boyd and that has been a favorite for years.

Quarters Coverage is a pattern match coverage. It takes a lot of time to teach, but you’ll be happy you invested in it in the end.

Listen to this episode of Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic, then check out How To Coach Quarters Coverage for a video that explains all the different checks we use.

Feb 27, 2017

The new NFHS Rule Changes for 2017 have been released. The one getting the most attention is the Blindside Block.

In today’s Quick Clinic I’ll explain the new rule change for coaches who might not be familiar. Then we’ll talk about whether or not this is the right direction for the NFHS to be headed.

You can get all of the details on the new rule changes from the NFHS Website in this article.

Feb 22, 2017

The Hawk Tackle is a hot topic among defensive football coaches today. The truth is, it’s not new.

The adaptation of the Rugby style tackle is all a part of keeping the head out. Reducing concussions. But many coaches are finding this to be a more effective way to get the ball carrier to the ground, too.

At a recent clinic, I learned more about the rugby-style tackle from… a rugby coach! Who is now a football coach.

In today’s Quick Clinic. I’ll talk about how to coach the Hawk Tackle. And some key points you might want to change.

JDFB Insiders includes a full length Web Clinic on how to coach the Hawk Tackle, including drill progression for teaching your players to execute on game day.

You can get instant access when you join JDFB Insiders at

Feb 20, 2017

In a previous episode of The Quick Clinic, I talked about the advantages of Cover 1 for your football team’s defense. But every defense has a weakness.

Today I’ll look at how you can attack Cover 1 coverage. There’s a lot more to it than just beating the man 1 on 1.

Want to get more on passing concepts? The Pistol Power Offense has all that you need, and you get Instant Access when you join JDFB Insider. Get all the details at

Feb 15, 2017

The Zone Count System is a key component to our Pistol Power Offense System. This is the first step in determining who to block on the Zone play.

Check out the numbering system. Once we know the numbering, then you go to the Covered / Uncovered principle that makes this play a ‘Zone’ run.

You can get instant access to The Pistol Power Offense System as part of JDFB Insiders. Learn more at

Jan 27, 2017

Cover 1 or Man Free Coverage is one of my favorites. We feel like it is easy to teach the concepts, and difficult for high school quarterbacks to attack. 

In this episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic, I'll show you some of the advantages of this coverage. It has been a great coverage in our 4-2-5 Defense System available to JDFB Insiders

Jan 13, 2017

I've been using quick little method to create great drill videos for  our players using nothing but my iPhone. The best part is it only takes about 5 minutes to create a 1-minute instructional video.

We're uploading those videos to our Programax account. You can learn more about Programax at

Dec 12, 2016

In a previous JDFB Quick Clinic, we talked about running Cover 2. Great coverage, but not used a whole lot today.

When you do see it, you need to know the weaknesses. Where should you attack Cover 2?

In this episode I mentioned the Umbrella. I said I'd link to something on it, but I lied because right now I don't have anything outside of JDFB Insiders on the Umbrella. I'll work on that.

Dec 9, 2016

My name was brought up in a thread on Coach Huey. I responded, but really didn't want to get into it too much. Not my thing.

However, I did think the topic was worth addressing. At least, it gives me a good topic for the Quick Clinic. 

You can check out the original thread on Coach Huey

Oct 28, 2016

You don't see a lot of Cover 2 anymore. But some coaches swear by it.

The coverage was the primary coverage behind the original Miami 4-3 Defense with Jimmy Johnson in the 1980's. 

That means it's worth taking a look at (they were really good). 

Learn the advantages of cover 2 coverage. With JDFB Insider, you can learn how we use it today as part of our 4-2-5 Defense System: click here for details

Oct 17, 2016

Cover 3 seems simple... but do you know how to take advantage of it? 

With the 3 deep, 4 under coverage there are holes. You need to know how to find them. Check it out in this podcast. 

For a complete passing system to attack any coverage, you need The Pistol Power Offense System - available exclusively to JDFB Insider members.

Oct 14, 2016

Most of us are trying to stop the run, first. Win the game in the trenches.

Cover 3 is the best run-stopping coverage for most coaches. You can focus on the fundamentals with this simple, easy to install and effective coverage package.

The Cover 3 package is a key component of the 4-2-5 Defense System available exclusively for JDFB Insiders

Oct 12, 2016

Simple question. Do you like 1 high or 2 high safeties? And a complex answer. 

But I managed to get the full explanation in a nice neat package, on this week's Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic!

Want to check out the complete 4-2-5 Defense System? It's available exclusively as part of your JDFB Insider Membership

Oct 5, 2016

There's nothing more important in a football team than Trust. 

Your players need to trust themselves. Trust one-another. And trust you as the coach. 

It's the main focus behind our Max Motivation For Peak Performance course that is exclusively available inside our JDFB Insider membership.

Sep 30, 2016

Is your offensive playbook complete? Go through my checklist of pieces for any offensive playbook.

These are the pieces that make up our complete Pistol Power Offense System available exclusively with your JDFB Insiders membership!

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