QC 124 Disrupting the Center with Odd Front Defenses

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. Continue reading “QC 124 Disrupting the Center with Odd Front Defenses”

QC 123 Counting Fronts, Coaching Jobs and more… The Mailbag Edition

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. Continue reading “QC 123 Counting Fronts, Coaching Jobs and more… The Mailbag Edition”

QC 122 Coaching Defensive Line Stunts

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! Continue reading “QC 122 Coaching Defensive Line Stunts”

QC 121 Etiquette for Requesting Game Film

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. Continue reading “QC 121 Etiquette for Requesting Game Film”

QC 120 Should I Take This Head Coach Job?

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. Continue reading “QC 120 Should I Take This Head Coach Job?”

QC 119 Defensive End Alignment in the 4-3 Defense

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. Continue reading “QC 119 Defensive End Alignment in the 4-3 Defense”

QC 118 Three Questions on the 4-2-5 Defense

How do you defend Unbalanced Formations? 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!

Continue reading “QC 118 Three Questions on the 4-2-5 Defense”

QC 117 Play Calling for Youth Football Defense

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! Continue reading “QC 117 Play Calling for Youth Football Defense”

QC 116 How to Develop Your JV Team

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. Continue reading “QC 116 How to Develop Your JV Team”

QC 115 Linebacker Reads in the 3-4 Defense

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. Continue reading “QC 115 Linebacker Reads in the 3-4 Defense”