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Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinics are short podcasts covering questions our listeners submit, or anything that is rattling around in my brain. The Quick Clinics are recorded in my car on the way to practice, or coming home. These 5-10 minute discussions are a supplement to The Football Coaching Podcast and

Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinics are short podcasts covering questions our listeners submit, or anything that is rattling around in my brain. The Quick Clinics are recorded in my car on the way to practice, or coming home. These 5-10 minute discussions are a supplement to The Football Coaching Podcast and
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Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinics are short podcasts covering questions our listeners submit, or anything that is rattling around in my brain. The Quick Clinics are recorded in my car on the way to practice, or coming home. These 5-10 minute discussions are a supplement to The Football Coaching Podcast and




How Much Defensive Line Stunts & Twists? | QC Episode 142

When you’ve got a small Defensive Line, how much stunting and twisting should you do? When you’ve got a smaller Defensive Line, it’s tempting to do a lot of stunts and twists to try to make your guys ‘hard to find’. And it is a great way to use their quickness! There is such a thing as ‘too much of a good thing’, though. And there’s also a wrong way to go about it. Check out this episode of JDFB Quick Clinic to find out how much stunting and twisting, and how to do it the right way on...


4-2-5 Defense vs 2 TE, Goal Line, Defending Slant | QC Episode 141

It’s a 4-2-5 Defense System potpourri this week! Defending 2 TE sets, Goal Line Defense, and defending Slant-Bubble. Several great questions on the 4-2-5 Defense System today in the JDFB Quick Clinic: How do you handle a Double Tight End alignment against a team running weak side leads?How do you defend Trips Closed formations on the Goal Line?How do you teach your Overhang Safeties to defend the Slant-Bubble concept? I’ll go in detail on each question in today’s episode! You can get all...


QC 140 Practice Planning for Small Schools

How can you get the most out of your scout team? How can a head coach see all he needs to see in practice? As a head coach, you need to be involved in all aspects of your program. At a small school, it’s even tougher because you probably don’t have a lot of coaches! In this episode, we’ll look at organizing practices for a small school in order to create the best possible scout team look. Plus, how the head coach can get to see all he needs to see during that practice. This was a...


QC 139 Coaching Rip Technique for Defensive Line

Get your Defensive Linemen loose to make the tackle by coaching better Rip Technique! More defensive line talk coming out of today’s mailbag, and this time it’s all about technique. Coaching rip technique, more specifically. We work a lot on strike point and how to attack the Offensive Linemen to control your position. But Defensive Linemen are there to make tackles too. How do you get off the block? We’ll dive into the rip technique here. This was a response to a listener question sent...


QC 138 Defensive Line Pass Rush Lanes

How to Contain the Quarterback with Defensive Line Pass Rush Lanes (but still get pressure) Today’s episode of the JDFB Quick Clinic is back to the mailbag for some Defensive Line talk. Specifically, how do you get an aggressive pass rush without letting the QB slip away? It’s all about pass rush lanes and lane integrity here. Sounds complicated, but it’s not. This is Defensive Line 101 stuff that your guys must know in order to have an effective pass rush! This was a response to a...


QC 137 Onside Kicks Every Time

What are the advantages of using the Onside Kick every time? I’m putting it to the test this season! In general, I’m a pretty conservative coach. We don’t call a lot of blitzes on defense. Run a balanced offense. Nothing too exciting. But after 3 weeks of miserable kick coverage, a change had to be made. Enter the onside kick. Not just once, either. Onside kick every time. We studied Kevin Kelley’s DVD from CoachTube: Gaining Possessions Using the Onside Kick and then made the change...


QC 136 Blocking Power vs Odd Fronts

Using a Tight End with your Power Run Play gives you a serious advantage against Odd Fronts. Here’s how to get it done. The Power run play, as it’s taught in the Pistol Power Offense System, uses a basic and universal set of rules that works against any defense. Odd Fronts are no different. In today’s episode of the JDFB Quick Clinic, I’ll run through the rules and talk about how we handle blocking an Odd Front defense when using a tight end. You can also get more details by checking...


QC 135 Cover 3 Variations

Cover 3 can be a great base coverage, or compliment to more man coverages and pattern match coverages. Not all Cover 3 coverages are created equal. In today’s episode of the JDFB Quick Clinic, we’re looking at a variation on Cover 3 that is a bit of a Tampa 2 hybrid. We’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages of this variation of the coverage, against the run and the pass. Check it out to see if this is a good adjustment for your team! This question was sent from Marcello by email....


QC 134 Linebacker Blitz Technique

Calling blitzes is easy. Coaching proper Linebacker Blitz Technique so that blitz is successful, is harder. Defensive Coordinators love dialing up the perfect blitz. You hate seeing that perfect blitz run right past the ball carrier. Today’s episode is a question by email about how to coach your proper Linebacker blitz technique so that your guys don’t run past the play or get destroyed by the blocking scheme. We’ll talk about blitzing on run downs vs. pass downs, and how the technique...


QC 133 Pistol Diamond Play Calling

Pistol Diamond is a great formation to build your offensive playbook around. But how much do you need to have? The Pistol Diamond formation can be a great power running formation with 3 backs in the backfield. You can base an entire offense out of one formation. But how much is too much? Today’s JDFB Quick Clinic question comes from a coach who’s building his youth football playbook around Pistol Diamond. How can he get enough plays without confusing his players? You can send in your...


QC 132 4-2-5 Defense Coverage for Short Yardage

Plans change with short chains and in the Red Zone. Here’s how to plan your 4-2-5 Defense short yardage coverage package. No defense is perfect. At some point, the offense is going to move the ball on you and get into short yardage situations, into the red zone and down to the goal line. No matter how good you are! Be prepared. In today’s episode I’ll answer a listener question on preparing your 4-2-5 defense coverage package for short yardage situations. You can send in your questions...


QC 131 Coaching Defensive Line Pad Level

One of the keys to great play up front is your Defensive Line pad level. How can you get your athletes to play low? Your defensive line’s pad level must be low to win the battle up front. There’s multiple ways to accomplish this goal, but unfortunately there’s not a good quick fix. Today’s JDFB Quick Clinic question is about playing your Defensive Line in a 4-point stance in order to lower their pad level. Is that the right solution, or is there another way? We’ll deep dive on lower pad...


QC 130 Coaching Safety in Football

Safety is becoming the name of the game in coaching. If you're not focusing on it and coaching your players to keep the head out of contact, you're behind the times. And potentially a danger to your players and to the sport. We're past the point of ignoring this, or loud mouthed proclamations about toughness. This JDFB Quick Clinic is a response to an email sent from a coach who has been ahead of the game on teaching safety. You can send in your questions for the JDFB Quick Clinic by...


QC 129 Blocking Power Against a Bear Front

How can you keep running your Power against a Bear Front? Here’s how to make sure you can do it. Bear Front is another tough defense to run your Power run play against. Or any inside run play, for that matter. Sure, you might want to just run outside or throw the ball. But if Power is your team’s feature play, you want to run it against anything. This week’s listener question asks how we can handle the back side 3-technique when running power against a bear front. This episode of The...


QC 128 Power Blocking for a 6-2 Defense

Run-heavy defenses can seem impossible to run against. But blocking a 6-2 Defense with your Power Play is anything but impossible. When you’re facing a Youth Football defense or a Goal Line defense, you don’t want to abandon your best run play. If your best play is Power, here’s how to handle those stacked fronts. Today’s episode answers a Youth Football question about blocking a 6-2 Defense with the Power play. We’ll break down blocking a 6-2 Defense, on the Goal Line or in every-down...


QC 127 Pressure/Visual Key for 6-Tech Defensive Ends

The 6-Technique Defensive End requires some special teaching. But the rewards can be great for your run defense. Coaching the Pressure Key and Visual Key for a 6-Technique Defensive End takes a lot of time. And you’ve got to have the right guy for the job. Both the player, and the coach. But the result can be a big change for your 4-4 Defense or 4-2-5 Defense. The 6 Technique Defensive End can help string out edge runs in a way that an inside shade player just can’t! In today’s episode of...


QC 126 Adjustments to Power Read

How do you adjust Power Read when the defense is blitzing right at you? Here’s a few adjustments you can make. Power Read is one of my favorite plays found in most Spread Option playbooks. We’ve run it as a variation on our own Pistol Power Offense base play. In this episode of the Quick Clinic, we look at how to adjust the play when defenses are blitzing into the face of your favorite play. A few simple tweaks to get the defense back in check. This episode of The Joe Daniel Football...


QC 125 The Best Defense for Single Wing Offense

How do you stop the Single Wing Offense? What’s the best defense for it? The Single Wing Offense is a tough one. It looks a lot different than what you might see week in and week out. I have a little insider knowledge, as we used an unbalanced Single Wing alignment to run our goal line offense. You wouldn’t believe the looks your players have to deal with! Today’s episode answers the question, “How do you stop the Single Wing?”. It’s not as complicated as you might think! This episode of...


QC 124 Disrupting the Center with Odd Front Defenses

Should you run an Odd Front Defense to disrupt the center exchange? Will a few fumbles win your a Championship? Love this question. We talk about it a lot. Does playing a nose guard over the center actually create more fumbles? Honest answer is I have no idea. But our JDFB Quick Clinic question addresses changing the defense to get a few more fumbles. Check out this episode to hear whether it’s worth it! This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick Clinic is in response to questions...


QC 123 Counting Fronts, Coaching Jobs and more… The Mailbag Edition

How can I get into coaching football? What Defense should I run? And where can I find that podcast I remember!? Today’s episode of The JDFB Quick Clinic is a potpourri of coaching information. We go from the job search to counting fronts and more. It’s a mailbag episode for the 4th of July holiday! Celebrate America’s Independence with the JDFB Quick Clinic… and a hot dog, a cold beer, and some recklessly planned homemade fireworks shows. This episode of The Joe Daniel Football Quick...