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”

Coaching Football 101 | FBCP S07E17

Welcome to Coaching Football 101, class is now in session. Today’s episode barely scratches the surface of all that a new football coach needs to know, but we only have an hour.

A football coaching friend likes to say that every man in America thinks he can do two things: grill and coach football (in 2020 you can add doctor to that list). But every experienced football coach knows at least half of that is not remotely true. Continue reading “Coaching Football 101 | FBCP S07E17”

Simple Football Plays That Work | Quick Clinic 224

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”

Spread Formations in the Pistol Power Offense with Tim Snow | FBCP S07E16

Coach Tim Snow wasn’t thinking about spread formations when he first started studying the Pistol Power Offense System in 2015. That first version of the system looked a lot more like the traditional One Back Offense that I first learned from Coach Bill Mountjoy years ago.

But the great thing about the System is that it evolves. And as Coach Snow and the Winnisquam High School offense evolved in New Hampshire, so did their offensive playbook. The version of the playbook that won back to back New Hampshire State Championships in 2018 and 2019 uses a lot more wide open spread formations. But it keeps the same core principles and schemes. Continue reading “Spread Formations in the Pistol Power Offense with Tim Snow | FBCP S07E16”

Cover 3 vs 4 Verticals | Quick Clinic 223

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”

The State of the 2020 Football Season | FBCP S07E15

Every coach has been trying to figure out just what’s going to happen with the 2020 football season. From state to state there seems to be just as much uncertainty today as there was 3 months ago.

This week’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast takes a look at the questions your coaching staff needs to address to get ready. This is not about what’s going to happen. None of us really know what is going to happen with COVID-19. It’s actually about preparing your football program for what could happen this season. Continue reading “The State of the 2020 Football Season | FBCP S07E15”

Teaching Tackling With No Contact | FBCP S04 Episode 11

Teaching tackling to your football team and seeing better results on game day will do more for your football team’s winning percentage than anything else you can do. After all, this game is still all about blocking and tackling. But the technique of tackling has come a long way in recent years.

Safety is critical in today’s game. We know the dangers of concussions. I’ve been focused on taking the helmet out of contact for a number of years. A huge step forward in that teaching was the popularization of the Hawk Tackling technique. Continue reading “Teaching Tackling With No Contact | FBCP S04 Episode 11”

Football Play Call Sheet | Quick Clinic 222

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”