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”

QC 114 Defending Unbalanced I-Twins in the 4-2-5 Defense

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. Continue reading “QC 114 Defending Unbalanced I-Twins in the 4-2-5 Defense”