The Football Coaching Podcast with Joe Daniel

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Dec 23, 2016

I’ve only heard one coach ever talk about how loaded his team was. Twice.

He’s won two State Championships.

For the rest of us… we got problems.

The kids are too small. Too slow. Too young. Too soft. Too entitled.

Something’s wrong. For every single one of us.

Probably why coaching is not for everyone.

You get into coaching thinking you know everything. The smartest coaches are the one’s who have never done it.

Then you find out this is a hard gig. The kids don’t run around like they do in Madden.

But the truth is… your players can play. They’re just like everyone else’s players.

Maybe not as big, or as fast, or as… whatever it is. But everyone has shortcomings.

This off-season, figure out what yours are. Get to work addressing them.

Then move on. Time to go to work.

In this episode, I mention the Max Motivation for Peak Performance eCourse along with several of the other resources that are available exclusively as part of JDFB Insiders.

Click here to find out how to get Instant Access to JDFB Insiders!

Dec 17, 2016

Our biggest job as a coach is to develop character in our players. Best way to do that is to model it.

There’s a lot of problems in society today. We know football can help develop our young men to overcome those problems. Rise above.

And a victim mentality? That’s a big one.

It’s always someone else’s fault. “I can’t!” 

Why not?

Because of this… this… this… oh the list goes on.

As a football coach, we shouldn’t have that mentality. But it creeps up for a lot of us.

I see it all the time.

Stop finding reasons you can’t. Start finding solutions. Finding answers. And then get to work.

This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is a total rant, by the way.

By the way, JDFB Insiders is a great place to find help for your football team. 1% at a time.

Stop looking for excuses about why you can’t… sign up here for JDFB Insiders.

Dec 9, 2016

You work hard. Is it enough? Are you the right guy for this?

We all worry about whether or not we’ve done all we can. Done it the right way.

Your players only have a few years to play the game. That’s a lot of pressure. Not to mention pressure for the faculty, administration and community.

It’s normal to wonder... Am I a good football coach?

So I made a checklist. And you can download it from Joe Daniel Football.

At some point we all run into tough times. You ask yourself the question. Then you carry on because, well, no one else is going to do it and you love it.

That, coupled with the fact that you’re listening to this podcast, means you probably are a good football coach. But we all need a reminder.

Nov 11, 2016

It's that time of year. Some guys are rolling into the Playoffs. Others are searching for answers. 

This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is for those guys who know that what you're doing... it isn't working. 

Change your thinking. Your approach. 

Make that change first. Then you can change the scheme. 

I talk about my Pistol Power Offense System in this episode. You can check out the free video series at

If what you're doing on offense isn't working... it's the solution. But not because of the playbook. 

Check out this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast to find out why. 

Nov 4, 2016

You stand on the sidelines in disbelief. We worked on this!

The fans in the stands have their doubts. How could any kid who’s ever been coached make mistake like that!?

The skills that you forget even need to be coached. The skills that everyone should be able to execute.

On paper they seem so easy. But you’ve tried to teach it. You’re cutting years off your life trying to get better at it.

These are the 12 Football Skills that seem so easy that you shouldn’t even have to coach it.

But you do.

And you coach it. And coach it. And coach it.

And they will make the mistake again.

How do I know? Because they make these same mistakes in the NFL, too.

Check out this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast to find out the 12 Football Skills that Seam So Easy (but aren’t)!

In this episode I mention our Pistol Power Offense System and 4-3 Defense System. You can get immediate access to both of those when you sign up for JDFB Insiders today!

Oct 25, 2016

Every coach has the question. How do we turn losers into winners?
Kids need to learn to win. Winning isn’t easy.
Sure, some wins come easy. And if you’re just better than everyone else... that’s easy.
Championship football teams win close games. Tough games.
Go back and look at nearly every undefeated team or Championship team in NCAA Football. They all have a scare somewhere on the schedule.
When your team has a winning mindset, you win those football games. When they don’t... you wilt and die.
Listen to Episode 174 of The Football Coaching Podcast for ideas on how to establish that winning mindset for your football team!
Ready to build the trust factor in your football team? Check out Max Motivation for Peak Performance, available exclusively as part of your JDFB Insider membership 

Sep 30, 2016

It’s one of the most frustrating parts of being a football coach. The scout team.

You work to put all the opponent’s plays down on cards. You show them to a group of guys on your team... wait, these guys are all on your team?

...anyway, hold the card up. Everyone looks. They nod. They head to the line.

The ball is snapped. If the snap doesn’t get fumbled, it’s a small victory.

Then the disaster is on.

Wait, the Guard didn’t pull! We need that guy to pull!

Where’s the Tight End? There’s supposed to be a Tight End on that play! He was WHERE!?

In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’m sharing ideas on how to make your scout team better.

Just as an FYI, it’s not using color coded cards. I never saw more confused kids than when I did the color coded cards.

None of these are earth shattering. It’s all about building your practice from small to big, just like we teach in JDFB Insiders.

Check out this week’s episode, and start making some changes in your practice planning that will save your sanity!

Sep 23, 2016

Putting together your offensive game plan is critical to the success of your football team. And the most important part of that game plan is your evaluation of the defense.

What do they do best? Where are the weaknesses?
Who are the best players? The worst players?

What are their tendencies? When do they change? (you can get your tendency report faster if you let us tag your game film!)

Then you take that information and put it against your offense. What are you best at? Where are your strengths?
It’s like fitting together puzzle pieces.

This requires honest evaluation. Try to identify your bias. Try to identify the opponent’s bias.

This is the chess match that makes football great.

Check out this week’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast for some game planning tips. And for more in depth analysis on your opponent, use the JDFB Insider membership forums to post your questions.

Sep 15, 2016

Lots of coaches can draw up passing routes. Trick the defense, find the holes in a zone. It’s fun stuff.

But this isn’t 7 on 7. And it ain’t Madden.

You want to throw all those fancy passing concepts? You have to protect your Quarterback.

In Episode 170 we talked about the pass protection technique that you can use. That’s independent of your pass protection scheme.

On this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’m diving into the different protections schemes you can run.

Big on Big protection. Slide protection. Half-Slide protection. Turn Back protection. Sprint protection.

What does it all mean? When should you use each one? How many protections can you install for High School Football?

When you want to go more in depth on pass protection, check out Joe Daniel Football Insiders. Learn the in’s and out’s of our 5 Step Protection in the exclusive JDFB Pistol Power Offense System to give your Quarterback time to throw the football!  (no matter what level you coach!).

Aug 30, 2016

There’s your pass protection scheme, and there’s the technique you use to execute it. Today we’re talking about technique.

You’re probably familiar with kick sliding... that thing you see NFL Offensive Tackles do all the time. But that’s not the only way to protect your quarterback.

Or even the best way to go about it, if you don’t throw the ball much. There’s a few options.

In today’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we talk about 3 different styles of pass protection...

  1. Kick-Slide Technique
  2. Vertical Set Protection
  3. Lead Step Protection

Each method has it’s advantages and disadvantages. I’ve taught all of them in the past (and will likely use them again in the future, at the right time).

This isn’t a thing where you choose 2 or 3. You choose one technique for the entire season, based on what is best for your football team.

When you want to go more in depth on pass protection, check out Joe Daniel Football Insiders. The Offensive Line Coaching Formula is a 12 hour instructional course including an entire module on how to teach pass protection for your linemen (no matter what level you coach!).

Aug 18, 2016

There are many different ways to coach Linebacker Keys. They all have their merits. None of them are perfect. 

This is probably the most asked question I get at Joe Daniel Football. What should our Linebacker reads be? 

It's pretty simple. What do you like the best? What gets your kids going the fast? 

You need to decide how much room for error you want to leave. How important is it for the keys to be right on paper? 

What your kids can process will be a determining factor. What can they learn? What can they execute? What gets them going fast? 

In this episode, I'll go through several different options for coaching your Linebacker reads. Decide what works best for you and your players!

When you need more detail, check out JDFB Insider. We have the Coaching Linebackers for Peak Performance video, along with detailed reads in all of our defensive courses. It's all included when you sign up for JDFB Insiders membership

Aug 8, 2016

Your players have a million things happening in their lives. And it's increasing all the time. 

Family. Friends. Other sports. Academics. 

Even when your players want to do the right thing... it's difficult.

(most of them want to do the right thing, by the way)

 I recorded this episode completely off-the-cuff. No real preparation, a couple notes on a piece of paper. 

But it is very real. This is important stuff. Not the X's and O's. The stuff that matters. 

I do a lot of surveys of coaches that use Joe Daniel Football and listen to The Football Coaching Podcast. The issues we address in this episode are at the top of your list of problems. 

Players who want to play other sports. Single sport athletes are a big problem in the world today. Not because it's wrong to play one sport. But because it's wrong to play one sport if the kid wants to play other sports. 

What about parents? That's the big issue. It's probably the one that keeps me from being a head coach. Parents are tough to deal with sometimes. They have unreasonable expectations. 

Social life. Kids are getting into a lot more than we ever did. OK, maybe not. But it seems like it. Youth makes stupid decisions. We have to deal with that, and help as best we can.

Expectations are sky high. Every kid, and every parent, thinks they're getting a scholarship. Any talented kid has heard from his uncle who used to play for a semi-pro team that he's definitely going to make it in The League. We have to deal with that, too. 

Listen to Episode 168 of The Football Coaching Podcast for ideas on how to deal with all of this. And for lots more on building relationships that matter with your players, check out the Max Motivation for Peak Performance course that is an exclusive series for JDFB Insider members


[04:03] What is a distracted player?

[04:40] Distracted by other sports

[08:50] Distracted by their own parents

[12:32] Distracted by the social life

[15:40] Distracted by expectations from the people around him

[18:30] Get more ideas for helping your players


Jul 27, 2016

Every football coaching staff needs certain guys. And I put together a list.

It’s the 5 types of football coaches every staff needs to have. Are you one of them?

The truth is you probably fall somewhere on a spectrum for each of these qualities. You have some of them. Some of them, you don’t.

Then you have the 5 types of football coaches no one wants.

These guys are the worst. The guys who kill your team unity. Ruin your enjoyment of the sport.

The types of coaches that need to either change... or get gone.

I put these lists together based on coaches that I have been around. The best and the worst.

There’s probably some more out there. Good and bad. I just haven’t worked with them.

This week’s Football Coaching Podcast was inspired by an email from Kody. If you have a suggestion for a topic you want to hear discussed on The Football Coaching Podcast, please email it to me!

Please take a minute to leave us a review in iTunes for The Football Coaching Podcast. It really helps the podcast continue to grow!

Want to see what JDFB Insider is all about? You can get instant access right now - click here .

Jul 22, 2016

As a Coordinator or a Head Coach, you’re looking at the picture. How does it all work together?

In this week’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we’re talking about looking at your football team from 30,000 feet.

How can you get it all to mesh? Use these 6 little details to get started...

  1. Let go of the ‘little things’ if they don’t affect your big picture.
  2. Know what the non-negotiables are.
  3. Communicate your Vision to the coaches and the team
  4. Put the pieces together without worrying about the individual parts.
  5. Timing is everything. Your football team is a machine.
  6. Constantly adapt. You have to make corrections, without over-correcting.

It’s time to step back and take a look at the big picture!

The Defensive Installation Manual is an in-depth guide on figuring out the big picture for your defense. Click here to download it now.

Jul 7, 2016

We get caught up in the X's and O's sometimes. Probably too much.

There's a lot that goes into a football season. Far beyond your playbook. 

Do you have everything ready? Are you prepared to deal with the off the field stuff? 

Make sure you've got all your gear ready. 

Have a plan for the worst case scenario.

Put systems in place that will save time all season long. 

Maybe even get a new whistle (I recommend the Fox 40 Classic).

This week's episode of The Football Coaching Podcast isn't really sexy. No cool plays.

This time of year, all that should be in place. If it's not, you better get moving.

We're getting everything in place to have a great season.

Limit the headaches so that you can do what you love doing... Coach Football!


Jun 29, 2016

It’s the Jimmy’s and Joe’s. Not the X’s and O’s.

You know that. You still spend a boat load of time on your scheme. After all, your kids are the one’s you’ve got. You gotta do something to fill your obsessive football junkie time.

Where you put those players is just as important as how good they are. That’s what this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is all about.

There are 5 key factors to consider when you start putting your players into positions...

  1. Evaluate the talents and abilities of each player. Focus on where they are at right now. What they have done in the past is only a small piece.
  2. Look at your scheme. What do you need at each position?
  3. Study your opponents. The one’s you really need to beat to achieve your goals. Where do they attack your defense? Where can you crete mismatches on offense?
  4. Once you’ve placed those guys based on the first 3... where do you have extra depth? Where do you need more depth? Fix it.
  5. What does the player want? A lot of coaches ignore this. You should not.

Keep your schemes simple. Because you won’t get it perfect every year (or ever).

Injuries play a big role, too. You may need to move some guys around. It’s all about having the best 11 football players on the field!

If you need to perfect your defensive scheme, download my free eBook, The Defensive Installation Manual. It’s a 7 step process for choosing the right defense for your team.

Jun 22, 2016

You love football. You study it constantly. Always learning.

We have an abundance of knowledge at our fingertips. When is it too much?

To become a better football coach (fast!) you need to focus on what matters.

We’re talking Pareto Principle here. 80/20 rule.

20% of your stuff gives you 80% of the results.

20% of the plays in your playbook might get 80% of your yards. 80% of your points.

20% of the technique you’re teaching on how to block or tackle is producing 80% of the success.

Crazy stuff, right? Most of us are well aware of the 80/20 rule. But we don’t always apply it to coaching.

Your playbook gets bigger as the season goes on. As your career goes on.

The drill library expands. More drills. Better drills. Bigger drills. 

Is all that stuff producing results? Sure. But some of it... about 20%... is producing most of your results.

So here it is, Episode 163 of The Football Coaching Podcast. The secret. The holy grail.

How to become a better football coach, right now... in one simple step.

OK, I’m not an expert on this. It took me 4 steps. Listen to the podcast to hear me outline those 4 steps!

Jun 15, 2016
The finishing touches are on your playbook. Now you have to teach it to your players.
Having a plan for your Offensive or Defensive Install Schedule this football season is critical. The best plays don’t matter if they aren’t executed.
Execution relies on how well the coaches teach.
If your Install Schedule is well thought out, the offense or defense gets taught in a logical pattern. It makes sense to the players.
That gives them confidence that you know what you’re doing. They play faster. They win more games.
Start by deciding on your foundation. What matters to your football playbook more than anything else?
Then build the offense or defense. Build it the way you would want a game to
Some coaches want one play installed and run perfectly before they move on to
the next play. Others want to get the entire offense or defense in first. Then perfect it.
There is no right way. Just have a plan that makes sense!
Other resources on Install Schedules:
Episode 98 - Offensive Installation Guide
Episode 120 - How To Create Your Install Schedule
Also check out my Defensive Installation Manual for a step by step
process to putting your Defensive Playbook together.
May 17, 2016

Kirk Ferentz is the Head Football Coach for the University of Iowa. You probably know that.  

In 2015 he led the Hawkeyes to an undefeated regular season and a Rose Bowl appearance. He received the Big 10 Coach of the Year Award for the 4th time.  

Coach Ferentz was also the recipient of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year and Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Awards for 2015.  

He’s going into his 18th season at the University of Iowa.  

We talk about what it takes to build a successful football team. The importance of balance, keeping it simple, and building a culture.  

Sound familiar? Football is basically the same at any level.  

Coach Simple. Play Fast. Win. That’s always the focus. 

Want a balanced, simple approach to coaching your Offense? Get my free video series on the Pistol Power Offense System

May 10, 2016

Chris Brooks has a decade of experience coaching the Wing-T Offense for Youth Football. He is the creator of

Chris has a Wing-T Football coaching pedigree that started with coaching the Youth program in Sherwood, Oregon. He learned the offense from the local High School coaches, who have over 20 years of experience with it.

We’ll talk about how to create a mutually beneficial relationship between Youth and High School coaches in your area.

We look at the Wing-T Offense, and the terminology involved.

We also talk about specialization of athletes. When is it a good thing, when is it a bad thing?

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 9:00pm Eastern, 6:00pm Pacific, Coach Brooks will be hosting a JDFB Insider exclusive Web Clinic on the Wing-T Buck Series. Insiders can log in and sign up.

Not a JDFB Insider yet? You should be. Click here to learn more.

May 3, 2016

This week on The Football Coaching Podcast it’s all about going fast. Our guest is Coach Bill Legg, the Offensive Coordinator at Marshall University since 2010 under Head Coach Doc Holliday. 

I’ve seen Coach Legg speak at Glazier Clinics on two different occasions. He has a great football mind. He’s also incredibly willing to share and help other coaches. 

We’ll talk about the role of an Offensive Coordinator in staff meetings. How to utilize the talent and knowledge of every coach in the room.  

Then we get into Tempo. How to play fast.  

How does using the hurry up, no huddle system change your offensive play calling?  

How can you, as a play caller, prepare yourself to call plays so fast?  

How do you get the play calls into your players?  

In JDFB Insiders, we have a module all about how to go fast, and use the hurry up tempo with our Pistol Power Offense System. You can get all the information here

Have questions or feedback? Post a comment here! 

Apr 26, 2016

Coach Bill Weiss is has been the Head Football Coach at Chisago Lakes High School in Minnesota for 19 seasons. His teams won their 2013 and 2014 Conference Championships.

Coach Weiss joins us to talk about putting together a successful program on both sides of the ball. On April 27, 2016 at 9:00pm ET he’ll be talking Defensive Line Technique on a JDFB Insider Exclusive Web Clinic.

Coach Weiss talks about his Triple Option Offense and 4-3 Defense and why consistency has been important. He also shares how to adjust your playbook for your players each year.

His passion is on the Defensive Line, though. And that’s where we’ll focus in on philosophy and technique for playing tough up front.

Check out this week’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast – and JDFB Insider subscribers don’t miss that Defensive Line Web Clinic!

Apr 20, 2016

This week’s episode is nothing but a rant. Seriously. I was set off by one comment from a coach I don’t even know.

The comment was by new Georgia Tech head basketball coach Josh Pastner. I read about it in an article on football scoop (read it here).

The whole thing is ridiculous. If you want to be the guy who works 100 hours a week or more, great. Sometimes I am too, but it’s not because I want to be.

I’m sure not making anyone else do it, either.

So I turned on the microphone and went on a rant for Episode 157 of The Football Coaching Podcast.

Let me be clear. I don’t care about Josh Pastner, or Georgia Tech Basketball. He may be a great person. The comments may be out of context.

The article really just clicked a little something that I hear all of the time. From coaches, from business men, from teachers. From everyone.

You do not need to work yourself to death, neglecting your family and your health. You certainly don’t need to wear it as a badge of honor.

Some guys love the “grind.” Working from 4am to midnight.

Sleeping just long enough to keep from stumbling through the day. Mumbling something about brains.

This podcast is a message to the guys who are not that guy. You don’t have to be.

For the guy who wants to be… do you, bro. Just know that there are other ways to succeed.

In this episode, I also mentioned The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey. Here’s the link

Apr 11, 2016

Are you using empty formations in your offense? If not, you need to listen to this episode.

Incorporating empty formations into your offense is easy. You should do it without actually changing what you do or who you are.

The advantage is that we’re either getting Cover 0, or a really clean look inside the box. I like either one.

For many defensive coordinators, myself included, the first answer to empty formations is to load the box. Bring heat. Make you get the ball out in a hurry.

But the truth is, once you burn them… decisions have to be made. Stay in Cover 0 and risk getting roasted again? Or give the offense a 3-2 box or a 4-1 box.

Those 5 man boxes are so clean. You’ve got hats on hats. They are respecting your receivers.

To an athletic Quarterback, this is a dream. You can really open up your running game now!

Get all the details on how to use empty formations in your offense. Listen to this week’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast!

Apr 5, 2016

You know how important leadership is to your football team. If you don’t have it, you really know how important leadership is.

When coaches are trying to change the path that a program is on, leadership is the first place we look. No one knows that better than Coach Chris Zablocki.

Following a string of 9 straight playoff appearances at Cedar Grove-Belgium High School (WI), Coach Zablocki was ready for a new challenge.

He found that challenge at Sheboygan North High School (WI). Chris took over in 2015 after the team struggled through a winless season the year before.

Changing a culture and turning a program around are not an easy task. But Coach Zablocki has a plan. One he’s used before.

In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, you get details about the foundation of Coach Zablocki’s plan to change a football program. And it starts with building leadership.

JDFB Insiders will get a much deeper look into Chris Zablocki’s plan for establishing leadership and turning a program around. On April 14, 2016 at 9:00pm Eastern, 6:00pm Pacific, Chris will be presenting an exclusive web clinic for JDFB Insiders.

Want to be a part of that event? Click here for all the details on how to become a JDFB Insider right now.

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