15 years ago, Georgia Military College came out with a comprehensive video series on the 3-5-3 Defense. It was all the rage back in 2005, with tons of coaches buying them up.
I was one of those coaches. We installed the defense in 2006 and I took over as Defensive Coordinator in 2007.
By 2008, we had moved on. This time it was the Miami 4-3 Defense. That changed my coaching life forever.
With a little more knowledge and wisdom, it’s time to go back and look at the original concepts and videos on the 3-5-3 Defense. What’s changed? And why didn’t we stick with it?
Find out what you need to look for when you switch to the 33 Stack Defense in 2019 (and it IS the same - GMC said so!) when you listen to this week’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast!
Coaches love playbooks. Unfortunately, most of the defensive playbooks you’ll download off the internet are going to be completely worthless to your football program.
There’s a 10 Step Process you need to use to putting together the Defensive Playbook for your football team. Find out what it is and get to work putting your ideas on ‘paper’ with this week’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast.
There’s nothing more valuable on your coaching staff than the guy who has 30+ years of experience coaching football. That old ball coach is a blessing.
But sometimes, it can get frustrating. Especially if he’s set in his ways and you want to move forward into the 21st Century.
This week’s episode is kind of fun, kind of weird. 10 Tips for getting that old coach to change his ways. He ain’t wrong, he’s just different.
They can be frustrating. Drive you completely insane. Maybe take a couple years off your life.
But you can’t let the officials in your football game know that, Coach. You’ve got to keep your cool.
This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is a deep dive into how to communicate with the officials during your game. From pre-game to post-game and everything in between.
Want to get those critical calls? You need to check out this episode.
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Getting that 3-4 Defensive Line to slant and attack without getting washed or kicked out can be tough. You’ve got to have a plan, and this is the technique to make that plan work.
If you’re using a spill & kill philosophy or coaching the umbrella principle to your guys, the 3-4 Defense slant drills in this episode will help your players be the right place to achieve your goals.
The Pistol Power Offense System is the most flexible offensive coaching scheme you will ever fine. It’s built on the Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win philosophy.
Those base concepts aren’t enough? No problem.
We start with 2 quick concepts and 5 drop back concepts. But that won’t limit you when we start talking tags. Today we’re looking at 4 tags for each of our Quick Game concepts.
The 3-4 Defense System that I teach in JDFB Insider offers a ton of flexibility, so you’ll want to use it. But you need to know how to use it.
In this podcast, you find out how to use your 3-4 Defense Zone Blitz Package effectively. How and when to call your Single Edge Pressures, Interior Pressures, and Double Edge Pressures.
This is an advanced stage for your 3-4 Defense System, so make sure you review the podcasts on the base fronts and base blitz package below.
You can also run all of these 5 man pressures with a Cover 1 coverage, instead of the 3 under / 3 deep Zone Blitz coverage we discuss in the podcast.
As an experienced football coach, you need to do everything you can to help develop those new coaches on staff. The young guys who think they’ve got it all figured out. Or the guy just stepping in who’s head is completely swimming.
These 10 tips will give you ideas on how to develop your new football coach to be the best they can be. And that’s going to make your football team the strongest it can be this season.
During the course of a football game, there will be a few situations that are very hard to prepare for in your practice plan. They’re those situations where the crowd gets loud and emotions run high.
In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, we look at practice planning for a few of the most important situations and plays you’ll face during the course of the game. It’s those moments that could win or lose the football game for your team. Or cost you the entire season.
It might be the biggest frustration I hear from coaches on a consistent basis. “My players just don’t play aggressive. They aren’t tough. How can we fix it!?”
Most coaches are not approaching this question the right way. You’ve got to address the root of the problem when your players aren’t playing aggressive enough. And it’s not just throwing your hands up and saying, “Kids these days!”
Today’s episode is all about the 4 areas you need to address to get ‘more aggressive’ play from your football team. And exactly what playing aggressive football really means.
We’ve been looking at a lot of 3-4 Defense lately. I’m hearing more and more of it. So it makes sense to go back in time and look toward the origins of the 3-4 Defense.
That means we get to break down a playbook! I found the perfect one with an aggressive defensive scheme from the 1985 Oklahoma Sooners. This 5-2 Defense has a great look at multiple fronts from the 3-4 Defense (or 5-2 Defense) and a coverage package that will fit right in for today’s game.
There’s some adjustments to be made. But it’s great to see how the defense fits perfectly with the Umbrella Principle and mirrors so much of what we do in the 3-4 Defense System.
This is the basic blitz package for the 3-4 Defense as we teach it in the 3-4 Defense System that’s a part of JDFB Insider.
First we’ll talk about the blitz package in the 3-4 Defense System and how the front, stunt, blitz and coverage all have to work together. This is going to be different depending on if you’re a 2-gap or 1-gap odd front.
Then we’ll look at those base blitzes, and why you might want to use them. And most coaches in the 3-4 Defense System want to use them on every down.
Finally we’ll talk about blitz technique considerations. Disguising blitzes with no show, show it and bluff looks. Blitzing on run downs vs pass downs, and training the eyes of your linebackers to read out of blitzes when necessary. There’s no reason to blitz a gap if they’re not running there.
Teaching tackling to your football team and seeing better results on game day will done 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.
There’s an entire off-season for your team to improve their tackling. And with rule changes being put in place limiting live contact, you may be teaching tackling with no pads on all season long!
In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’ll share tons of drills you can use to teach tackling to your football players without any contact. And without screaming WRAP UP!
A few weeks ago I started looking at the Run and Shoot Offense. With the assistance of Jason Hahnstadt’s Demistifying the Run and Shoot Offense video series, I came up with a base understanding of the offense. But I wanted to go deeper.
Do I think the Run and Shoot Offense is the right direction for a High School Football team to go? Only if you have a background and a guaranteed Quarterback pipeline. Do I think there are elements we can take from the offense? Absolutely.
So I dug around through a few Run and Shoot Offense playbooks. Settled on the 1985 Houston Gamblers playbook with… wait what? Kevin Gilbride? No idea. That’s who’s on the front page. John Jenkins was the Offensive Coordinator after Mouse Davis had moved on to the new Denver Gold.
Yes, this is the first time we’ve ever talked about the USFL in the history of The Football Coaching Podcast. Coincidence, with the AAF coming around this year? Yes. Completely.
Anyway, here’s the links to the playbook and some other useful links for Run and Shoot Offense enthusiasts…
Every coach wants to win. And there are times when your job will depend on it. But every loss can’t be a soul crushing defeat that sends you into the doldrums for a week.
In this episode, we’re going to break down losing into 3 categories of losses. Then we’ll look at how you can best deal with each type of loss. You’ll find out how to get the most out of each loss, so that your team moves forward instead of bogging down and falling behind.
The simplest way to disguise your coverage is to give the same look on every snap. One way to accomplish that is to align your safeties and corners across the field in a straight line - then adjust before (or after) the snap.
On this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’ll go in detail on installing a Roll Cover 3 system into your defense. This is based off of our 4-3 Defense System packages, but can be incorporated to any defensive package with a few adjustments.
Want to get the most out of your passing game? You’ve got to have a plan for your passing drills. There’s a lot more to it than just working the QB’s throwing motion, too.
A lot more, in fact. And a lot more than playing 7 on 7. In this episode, I’ll outline how to plan your passing game drill progression to work your most important route concepts to perfection.
This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast looks at how to coach quarterbacks when you’re not a Quarterback Guru. It turns out you don’t need a PhD to get the job done.
First, you’ll find out the 3 critical skills your signal caller needs to have when you’re deciding who should play the position. Then we’ll break down 10 Keys to Coaching Quarterbacks. You can download the 10 Keys in PDF format in the download box at the beginning of this page.
It may be football’s greatest mystery. The most complex offensive play design out there. For myself, it’s the single offensive system I knew absolutely nothing about.
Time to change that! This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is a look at the Run and Shoot Offense. I’ll look at a few base passing plays and see what we can learn from this offensive system.
The Run and Shoot Offense is fascinating. I don’t know of any other system that has achieved such high levels of success without spreading like wildfire through the High School and College coaching ranks. Maybe we’ll be able to figure out why!
Today’s episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is getting us caught up on your questions from the football coach mailbag. We’re hitting all kinds of topics you’ve been asking about in this special episode!
In This Episode…
You hear it on every podcast: Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win. But what does that really mean?
This episode of The Football Coaching Podcast is all about explaining my own personal coaching philosophy. Because a lot of coaches get it wrong. They think I’m a 4-2-5 Defense guy, or a power run game guy.
None of that is true. My entire coaching philosophy is summed up with 5 words. Coach Simple, Play Fast, Win. And you hear it on every podcast. Now, let’s go in depth on what that really means.
The 3-4 Defense has become increasingly popular because of the flexibility to defend everything from downhill rushing attacks to elaborate Spread Option and RPO offenses. In today’s episode we’re going to look and the 3-4 Defense System that is a part of JDFB Insider.
The 3-4 Defense System gives you a simple approach to defense. But with an added complexity and flexibility you can use as needed. We’ll talk about the base front, stunts, and blitz package that are taught inside the system. You can also download alignments to standard formations in PDF format above.
There’s a lot of moving parts to being a Head Football Coach. Here are some of the critical lessons I learned this season.
2018 was my first season as a Head Football Coach. Overall the year was successful, but there was a lot of learning. I’ll share some of the lessons learned that weren’t in the manual when I started on the job.
You can download my 12 Lessons Learned as a Head Football Coach PDF document above. These lessons have nothing to do with X’s and O’s. If you don’t have your X’s and O’s nailed down, or have a plan for it - you probably shouldn’t be in charge yet.
How can you learn to be a better football coach this off-season? There’s more opportunity available than ever, but you’ve got to look in the right places and have a focused goal.
I’ll share 6 resources you can use to learn to coach football, whether you’re just starting out or continuing your lifelong coaching education. And the 3 keys that you must follow to get a coaching education that’s actually going to help your team win games.
You had a great game plan. It should work. Maybe it’s even working for you… to a point. But at halftime, you need to make a few tweaks to get to the finish line.
Halftime adjustments in your 4-2-5 Defense (or any defense, for that matter) can be made for a number of reasons. In this episode of The Football Coaching Podcast, I’ll break down the 5 reasons you should make an adjustment, and share some of those potential adjustments for your 4-2-5 Defense System with you.