How to Defend Counter Read | QC 237

Breaking the 4-2-5 Defense

Offenses are always looking for a new way to attack your defense. Today’s listener question looks at a one of those new ways. Find out how to defend the Counter Read Play with your 4-2-5 Defense using a 1-high Cover 3 coverage.

It comes down to knowing your run fits. The umbrella run fit concept is something that we talk about all the time. This is the simplest way I’ve found to coach up run fits. Continue reading “How to Defend Counter Read | QC 237”

Motivating Athletes for Football | Quick Clinic 236

Do Your Players Want to Win?

It’s a big source of frustration for football coaches. Motivating athletes who seemingly don’t want to win. Or they don’t seem willing to work hard enough to achieve that goal, even if they do want it.

Football coaches need to take a step back and stop blaming athletes, parents, administration or society for this big time issue though. You are a football coach. You signed up for this job to coach. To find ways to win when it isn’t easy. Continue reading “Motivating Athletes for Football | Quick Clinic 236”

Screen Pass Defense | Quick Clinic 234

Change Your Thinking on Defending Screen Plays

Defending screen passes is tough. Good offensive coordinators are setting you up all game long to hit a big screen play. It’s a great way for them to get an athlete in space who’s hard to bring down, too.

The secret to defending screen passes starts with removing that word. Stop thinking about a screen pass as a pass. Continue reading “Screen Pass Defense | Quick Clinic 234”

How Much Man Coverage? | Quick Clinic 232

Man Coverage Takes Work!

No matter how good your athletes are, playing a great man coverage package takes a lot of work. Just like any other coverage you’re going to have to put in a lot of time getting the technique just right.

And if you have great athletes running man coverage with poor technique, you might really be taking away from their ability. In this episode, we take a look at how much man coverage to run when you have a great set of Defensive Backs. Continue reading “How Much Man Coverage? | Quick Clinic 232”

3 Huge Linebacker Stance Mistakes | Quick Clinic 231

Linebacker Stance Errors That Slow Your Defense Down

Coaching the linebacker stance for your defense seems like such a simple thing. Feet apart, squat down, eyes up, back flat… you know the basic coaching cues.

But I see a lot of coaches making just a handful of mistakes that really cost your defense. You may not even know it. Continue reading “3 Huge Linebacker Stance Mistakes | Quick Clinic 231”

Half-Slide Pass Protection Adjustment | Quick Clinic 230

Does It Matter Where the Back Goes?

I’ve done a lot of experimenting with different schemes, but half-slide pass protection has been the primary protection scheme in the Pistol Power Offense for several years. It just makes sense with what we do.

That’s the critical key. It makes sense with what we do.

The protection scheme is intricately tied into the entire passing scheme. The check release by the back is critical to the Quarterback’s trigger reads. Continue reading “Half-Slide Pass Protection Adjustment | Quick Clinic 230”

5-3 Defense for Defending the Run | Quick Clinic 229

There’s More To The 5-3 Defense

We usually only hear the 5-3 Defense associated with youth football defense today. For coaches trying to learn the defense, it’s hard to find as much information as you might find about a 4-4 Defense.

There’s great news though. This is a great defense for stopping the run at the youth level. But it’s actually being run at High School and College programs across the country. Just by a different name. Continue reading “5-3 Defense for Defending the Run | Quick Clinic 229”

Force Player in Football | Quick Clinic 227


Defining the force player in your football defense is the only way to get great run fits. In fact, every player on the defense needs to have a clearly defined role. For this week’s JDFB Quick Clinic, we’ll talk about exactly who the force player is on your defense and what his job is.

That’s where the Umbrella Principle comes into play. It’s a simple system that can be applied to any defense. It clearly defines the run fits for every defender. Continue reading “Force Player in Football | Quick Clinic 227”

Nickel Defense | Quick Clinic 226

My favorite comment when we post a new 4-2-5 Defense article or podcast to the Joe Daniel Football Facebook Page has got to be, “So it’s a nickel defense 😭”. You got me, dude.

There seems to be a small counsel of football terminology gatekeepers out there. No one knows who appointed them, or what authority they have. But they’re pretty sure they have it. Continue reading “Nickel Defense | Quick Clinic 226”

Defending a Running Quarterback | Quick Clinic 225

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”