New Playbook Isn’t Working? Try This. | FBCP S07E22

An entire off-season down the drain… or not?

Any time you decide to install a new playbook for your football team, you could run into trouble. It takes time to teach the skills your players need. It takes time for the coaches to understand how to teach those skills, too.

The knee jerk reaction when your team isn’t firing on all cylinders in the first few weeks of the season is to panic. Go back to what you were doing before. But that’s not the answer. Continue reading “New Playbook Isn’t Working? Try This. | FBCP S07E22”

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”

Football Drills for Coaching Defense | FBCP S07E21

Stop Wasting Time on Football Drills

Football drills are a big favorite among coaches. It’s our thing. Standing there holding a whistle, watching your guys run around hoops and over bags. That’s what coaching football is all about.

Except that most defensive drills are a waste of time for high school football players. They end up never translating the drills to the field. Today you’ll find out the football drills that really matter at every defensive position to get your players ready to win on game day.

Football is All About Blocking and Tackling

It’s an old saying, but it’s still true. The best football teams do a great job of blocking and tackling. Defenses that want to get to the top need to work on football drills that teach defeating blocks and secure tackling.

I like to use our tackling and block destruct drills as pre-practice drills that the entire team does together. It helps to emphasize the importance to the players. We also get players coaching each other from different position groups doing it this way.

Several years ago, I decided to simplify block destruct too. Everyone on the defense works a rip move now. It seems too simple, but I know I’m not the only one who’s figured this out. I’ve heard Division 1 coaches say the same thing. I explain the decision and how we drill it in this podcast.

The Most Important Football Drills for Each Position Group

After the basics of defeating blocks and tackling, it’s time to break down the most important football drills for each defensive indy group. And it’s a short list for most of these groups.

It’s all about winning the 1-on-1 game. Most drills waste a lot of time perfecting skills that your players don’t even have yet. Think about that… you’re using drills that polish up a skill that your players can’t even do. That’s like putting a new coat of wax your rusted out old truck.

This episode shares the most important drills for Defensive Line, Linebackers, Safeties and Corners. Check out the video above to see the Key Read Drill our Defensive Line spends their entire Indy period (all 8 minutes!) working on, with Freddie Roach from a few years back at Ole Miss.

Football Drills for Defense Show Notes

  • Tackling Drills for the entire defense
  • Coaching the Rip Technique for all positions
  • Defensive Line Drills including Key Read Drill
  • Linebacker Drills including Guard Reads and In-At-Out
  • Safety Drills with the Force-Fit Drill and Umbrella Drill
  • Cornerback Drills focusing on both zone coverage and press-man coverage

Related Links for Football Drills

Where to Go From Here…

I mentioned a lot of drills that we teach in our defensive schemes at JDFB Coaching Systems. You can get unlimited access to all of those systems including the drill library on a special trial offer at

5 Tips for Defending RPOs | Quick Clinic 228

How to Shut Down Run-Pass Option Plays

When they hit the football coaching scene a few years ago, defensive coordinators were scratching their heads defending RPOs. But while it’s a great tool for offenses to attack, run pass options are not as mystical as they may seem.

If you’ve got a good RPO team on your schedule this season, you don’t need to panic and change your whole defense. Follow the 5 tips for defending RPO’s in this podcast to shut ’em down.

Continue reading “5 Tips for Defending RPOs | Quick Clinic 228”

2-Read Coverage with Fred Hubert | FBCP S07E20

Winning a State Championship with the 4-2-5 Defense

Using a creative evolution in the coverage package leading to a modified 2-Read Coverage in his 4-2-5 Defense, Hollis-Brookline High School Defensive Coordinator Fred Hubert helped lead his team to a New Hampshire State Championship in 2019. Find out the keys to the team’s success and how this take the 2-Read Quarters Coverage package can work for your defense.

Coach Hubert is a client with JDFB Coaching Systems. While a lot of what he’s doing on defense looks the same, the coverage adjustment was a successful twist on the package. Probably one I’ll be stealing down the line.

Find out how this 2-Read Coverage adjustment can help your run defense, as well as your pass coverage. The Free Safety gets to operate as more of a linebacker and get more involved in the run game.

Photo by Stephen J. Pollard from Flickr.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

2-Read Coverage Show Notes

  • What contributed most to the 2019 State Championship season
  • Why Coach Hubert and Hollis-Brookline went to the 4-2-5 Defense
  • The adjustment from Cover 1 to the 2-Read Coverage
  • How to run the 2-Read Coverage package and adjustments to formations
  • What the Hollis-Brookline staff looks at when game planning for next week’s opponent
  • In-game adjustments for the 2-Read coverage package

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Where to Go From Here…

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”

Offensive Game Plan for Week 1 | Football Coaching Podcast S07E19

Week 1 of your season sets the tone, so you need to have your best offensive game plan ready to go. With the 2020/2021 season that doesn’t mean having incredible strategies, either. It means getting the most from your offensive playbook.

The game plan that wins this year is the one that’s tailored to your players. What they can handle. It’s about keeping it simple so they can play with confidence from the start. No matter what that defensive coordinator throws at you. Continue reading “Offensive Game Plan for Week 1 | Football Coaching Podcast S07E19”

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”

Coaching Linebackers with ASKA | FBCP S07E18

There’s a good reason so many defensive coordinators are also coaching linebackers on their staff. The position is critical for High School and Youth Football defenses to stop the run. Many coaches put their best defender at an Inside Linebacker position.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a natural, instinctive linebacker to play the position then your job is easy. Just stay out of his way and don’t slow him down. For the rest of your guys, you need to coach. Continue reading “Coaching Linebackers with ASKA | FBCP S07E18”

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”