When you look at that exchange film and find out you’ll be defending a running quarterback this week, it gives you the chills. The best athlete on the field is going to have the ball in his hands on every single snap.
But don’t worry. There is hope. Check out this week’s JDFB Quick Clinic for a few simple tips to prepare your defense for that tough assignment. You can listen to the episode using the player at the bottom of this post or wherever podcasts are available. Continue reading “Defending a Running Quarterback | Quick Clinic 225”
Drawing up complex X’s and O’s on a napkin can be a lot of fun, but the best offenses often rely on very simple football plays that just plain work. Not always sexy, but they get the job done.
The inspiration for this episode was a conversation on our private Chalk Board Forum for JDFB Coaching Systems clients about some simple football plays for a youth football team. Then the topic of the Wedge Play came up. That got my thinking. Continue reading “Simple Football Plays That Work | Quick Clinic 224”
If you’ve decided to simplify your defense with a spot drop coverage, you’re probably looking at how to play cover 3 vs 4 verticals. Coaches are realizing the value of the spot drop cover 3’s simplicity but offensive coaches are licking their chops to attack it, too.
This week’s episode of the JDFB Quick Clinic looks at key points for coaching the deep third defenders. From the basics of Cover 3 alignment and the zone turn, to the much more difficult question of how to stop those 4 vertical attacks. Continue reading “Cover 3 vs 4 Verticals | Quick Clinic 223”
When you see that big time coordinator on the sidelines covering his face with that football play call sheet, it’s pretty exciting. You think that’s just what a football coach is supposed to look like. What you need to have in your hand on game day to be official.
This week’s JDFB Quick Clinic takes a look at those offensive and defensive call sheets. What needs to be on your call sheet? And do you even need one in your hands? Continue reading “Football Play Call Sheet | Quick Clinic 222”
There’s a special challenge for linebackers in defending jet sweep motion. When they see it, they forget everything they’ve been taught and start chasing the shiny object. The Jet Sweep run play is a lot more dangerous because of what it does to your defenders, than it is as an actual yardage gainer. Continue reading “Defending Jet Sweep Motion | QC Episode 221”
Get the best Offensive Line Drills so you get the best performance out of your Offensive Linemen. Your practice time is too limited to run hundreds of different drills. What drills should actually run?
Over the past couple years, since turning to the 90 Minute Practice Plan, I’ve had to really examine just which Offensive Line drills were worth what little practice time we had to work. Continue reading “Offensive Line Drills | QC Episode 220”
Coaches can learn a lot from tagging your game film in Hudl. You can also waste a lot of time.
Hudl and other video analysis tools are a powerful tool for football coaches. Not only can you can quickly share film with your next opponent, your entire staff and all of your players. But you can get a ton of data when you tag your film properly. Continue reading “What to Tag in Hudl | QC Episode 219”
Can you still spill the football with slow linebackers? Find out why teaching run fits isn’t about your players’ talents.
This week’s question for the JDFB Quick Clinic is about the spill technique in the Miami 4-3 Defense, but it’s about more than that. This is about the importance of consistent teaching. Continue reading “Run Fits Without Speed | QC Episode 218”
Long Stick Technique is used by Defensive Ends in zone blitzes like the America’s Fire Zone. Find out how to coach it.
If you want to run zone blitzes, you need to commit the time to execute. America’s Fire Zone is a great zone blitz, one of the most popular overloads you can run. But you can get yourself in trouble in a hurry. Continue reading “Coaching Long Stick Technique for Zone Blitz | QC Episode 217”
What’s the best key to read for Linebackers in the 33 Stack Defense? Don’t make it hard.
Lots of coaches have tried lots of different reads for linebackers over time. We’re all looking for that perfect answer so that no matter what happens, we can tell our linebackers that if they just read their key they’ll always be right. Continue reading “33 Stack Linebacker Reads | QC Episode 216”