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Author: Keith Grabowski

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Keith Grabowski interviews the most knowledgeable head coaches, coordinators, and position coaches from professional, college, and high school football. Keith and his guests discuss the philosophy, concepts, schemes, and strategies that they have learned throughout their careers. Each show includes a specific idea that can be applied to help coaches at every level find the winning edge.
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The Game Plan- Traditions Today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast, The Game Plan, features former coach Terry Shea, who does consulting work for future NFL Draft prospects. Shea was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears and quarterbacks coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams. The Game Plan is a weekly in-season feature that shares thematic ideas that can help coaches and teams once the season begins. Today’s focus is program traditions. Show notes 1:34 Traditions are more than winning 5:40 Including alumni into traditions 7:02 Getting boosters involved 10:48 Creating a closing ceremony for seniors 14:18 “The Senior Tackle” 19:15 Comparing conditioning from August to the end of the season 24:39 Shea’s quarterback manual, Eyes Up
Today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast is Grant Caserta. Caserta is the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Illinois Wesleyan. He was a finalist for Football Scoop’s Division III Coordinator of the Year following a 2016 season in which his defense held opponents to under 200 yards per game. He dives into designing game plans, prepping scout teams and game day communication. Show notes -Assigning the coaching staff tasks for game-day -Using film throughout the season -Designing practice to look like the game plan -Preparing the scout team to mimic the opponent -How freshmen and JV teams work into the program -Rotating between offense and defense in practice -Staying close to base -How Caserta responds to scripted plays -Procedure for in-game communication -How players communicate during the game -Husson’s favorite defensive call -The winning edge Learn Defense: coachtube.com/courses/football/team-defense
This week we talk with longtime FBS defensive coordinator DJ Eliot about the defenses of Kentucky, Texas A&M, and Iowa and Penn State. We share what those defenses do well and how to incorporate some of their concepts and strategies from game planning to practice to in-game adjustments. Kentucky: -Cloud to a receiver -Star vs top receiver -What are you looking for in game plan -What can hurt cloud Texas A&M: -Brackets coverage -Playing the run with a “light” box -Games for run and pass -Jab and Go and Deep and Slow -Using Line stunts to push everything to safety -Calling a run or pass stunt and training DL to redirect -Structuring the terminology for games calls for run or pass -Teaching games in practice -Using special teams time with the offensive line to work games -Every pass game has to look like a rush Penn State vs. Iowa A game of adjustments and clock management Iowa defense: -Over-quarters -The balance of enough vs too much -Getting doubles on vertical when #2 eliminates himself -OLB grab #2 to flat and safety double #1 -How to adjust when key player is out of the game -Stoppers” on the call sheet -QB change - how does their game plan and calls change -Rush mentality and games and pressures change vs running QB -Game planning - identifying and knowing how #2 QB is different -Example - facing Lamar Jackson Penn State: -3 Buzz -Under 1 -Making front looks and pressure looks look the same -Responding to sudden change -Installing sudden change in practice -Sudden change is a critical situation -Philosophy staring 11 in regardless of where a rotation is -Message of optimism -Sudden change in practice -The emotions of sudden change Related: Week 1 of Defense with DJ: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/evolution-of-bama-uga-defenses-stems-creepers-complimentary-ball-dj-eliot-defensive-coordinator Interview with DJ Eliot - Part 1: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/player-development-and-the-race-against-time-dj-eliot-defensive-coordinator-kansas Part 2: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/player-development-and-the-race-against-time-part-2-dj-eliot-defensive-coordinator-kansas
On this episode of our in season series "In the NZone" with Coach Noel Mazzone we discuss some of the big games from that past week and what we can take away from them. Today we focus on: -Creating space for shot plays -Using motion and building a game plan -Defensive stems and movement -Plays protecting plays -Two point decisions and installing and planning two point plays
On this week's installment of our Adjustment Series we focus on creating and taking away big plays in all phases of the game and ways to practice in that regard. Offense: Isolating receivers plus creating field space Carrying out fakes Find work to spring someone for a touchdown. Defense: 5 yard fence technique for counter, reverse, naked Changing angles of pursuit in a play Taking away space in the secondary Special teams: -3 whistle kick return drill -2 whistle kick off drill Related: 5 yard fence: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/woody-hayes-5-yard-fence-rule-for-better-run-fits?si=9ed5a2036e9e48d4a17d24dbf527401a
For this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, our host Keith Grabowski details several ways for you to instill game-day confidence into your players. We also pulled audio from a previous podcast with Coach Chuck Kyle for his thoughts onpregame speeches. 1. Provide positive feedback 2. Teach them to provide feedback to their teammates 3. Teach them to call out a teammate when effort isn’t given 4. Deliberate practice 5. Positive environment on game-day 6. Let your players know they’re prepared 7. Coach Chuck Kyle’s thoughts on the pregame speech Related Content https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/deliberate-practice-week-4-teaching-players-to-take-advantage-of-opportunity https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/deliberate-practice-3-creating-situations-in-practice-comm-handling-the-late-step-option-o https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/lessons-from-2017-chuck-kyle-cleveland-st-ignatius-high-school-coach https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/building-a-championship-winning-tradition-chuck-smith-head-coach-boyle-county-high-school https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/coach-grabowskis-notebook-tips-for-a-successful-pregame-speech
Today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast, The Game Plan, features former coach Terry Shea, who does consulting work for future NFL Draft prospects. He’s served as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator as well as quarterbacks coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams. The Game Plan is a weekly in-season feature that shares thematic ideas that can help coaches and teams once the season begins. Today’s focus will be on how to approach the last part of the season. Show notes -How to approach the last quarter of the season -Going back to old material -Maintaining focus -Determining when to practice without gear -Tony Dungy's Practice Smart course -Keeping the mental edge -Changing the coaching staff routine -Discuss film with the whole staff -How to boost team morale
Coach DJ Eliot joins us on the first episode of our Defensive Series. Coach Eliot has 20+ years of coaching experience in the collegiate rankings. Coach Eliot’s pedigree includes coaching stops at Kansas, Florida State, Miami, Colorado and Kentucky, as well as time with proven winners and program builders Jimbo Fisher and Mark Stoops. Additionally, Coach Eliot is among a select group of defensive thought-leaders that regularly clinic around the principles of the 3-4 defense. Today we talk about: -The Evolution of Georgia and Alabama Defenses -The Dave Aranda/Vic Fangio tree -Stems, how to do them , calling them, practicing them -Creepers and common offensive answers -Suggestions for offenses on how to best handle creepers -RPO and how a defensive coordinator looks at them -Complimentary football between offense and defense
Ohio high school football coaching veteran Mark Solis is today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast. Now the head coach at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, Ohio, Solis sits down with host Keith Grabowski to discuss maintaining a work-life balance for his coaching staff. He also breaks down his philosophy behind building a Football Operations team. Show notes - Weight room philosophy during the season - Giving the coaching staff weekends off - Continuity is important in building a successful program - Building a football operations team - The winning edge
On this week's edition of our Adjustments Series we focus on how to stress an opponent in multiple ways. The strategy discussed will be explained from both an offensive and defensive perspective. Offense: -Stressing a single defender -Expand and contract formation philosophy -Unusual fomartions Defense: -Stressing a line -Bringing pressure from unexpected places -Stemming the front Special teams: -Adding reverse at teams that place the ball consistently on their kicks
Mike Rowe is today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast. A college football assistant-turned high school head coach, Rowe currently serves as the head coach at ROCORI High School in Minnesota, where he’s earned a berth to the state playoffs each of the last three seasons. Rowe opens up about character, pregame speeches and adding trick plays in today’s podcast. Show notes -Teaching character throughout the season -Players response to character building - Tying character into game day -Rowe’s pregame speech philosophy -Creating competition during practice -Taking pressure off the team -Halftime adjustments -Adding trick plays Coach Rocori on CoachTube: https://bit.ly/3oom6Pz
Today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast, The Game Plan, features former coach Terry Shea, who does consulting work for future NFL Draft prospects. He’s served as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator as well as quarterbacks coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams. The Game Plan is a weekly in-season feature that shares thematic ideas that can help coaches and teams once the season begins. Today’s focus will be on how to handle distractions that occur during the season. -Dealing with the media -Setting media rules for players -Initiating contact with the media -Handling Homecoming week events -Rivalry games -What to do when a key player gets injured
On today's episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Mike Emendorfer joins the show. Emendorfer is the head coach at Wisconsin-Platteville, where he's coached for the past 19 years, breaking numerous offensive records in the process. Emendorfer's teams at Wisconsin-Platteville routinely appear in national rankings and he's taken home Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors twice. Show notes -How Emendorfer adds wrinkles to the game-plan -Creativity sparked by opponents’ film - Weighing pros and cons when adding concepts to playbook - Method for beginning a game -Breaking down game-day communication -Keeping simple concepts -Changes made in practice throughout the season -How to mentally prepare players -The winning edge
On this episode of "In the NZone" Coach Mazzone comes to us from Hamburg, Germany where he is coaching an all star game. We discuss the trend of the nub tight end, why it is being utilized more and some advantages that it gives. We delve into speed option and its re-emergence as a way to attack modern defenses, and discuss Steve Sarkisian's use of a reverse out from the QB in the pistol. Then Coach Mazzone hands off to former LSU, NFL QB and MLB player Josh Booty to discuss the best way to handle the quarterback. he discusses playing for Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher and how he liked to be dealt with. We talk about getting a young QB to settle down and get opportunities to work different things in game situations.
On this week's episode in our Adjustment Series we focus on the goal line and short yardage. This is an important area because either points are being scored, chains are moving, or the ball is being turned over on downs. On the offensive side we focus on: -An alternative short yardage strategy https://www.americanfootballinternational.com/alternative-short-yardage-strategy/ -49er's creative QB sneak -The pin and pull or "truck" play -Rice's unique strategy and technique for Goal Line https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/all-in-on-offense-short-yardagegoal-line-heavy-sets-sanders-davis-rice On the Defensive side we focus on: -gapping out the offensive line -short yardage techniques -defeating the "dive" on the perimeter strategy -avoiding picks On Special Teams we focus on: -short yardage fakes to up-backs -adjustments to do it from shield -being prepared for it on defense
Today we focus on how we can do little things to take care of ourselves and our players in-season. With the grind of the season, stress and physical requirements of our job can wear us down. The 2007 and 2011 New York Giants under Coach Tom Coughlin made yoga a part of their routine, as did the 2015 Seattle Seahawks under Coach Pete Carroll. ESPN The Magazine wrote an article about it. At the time that was outside the box thinking. And since then just about every NFL team and most FBS programs have jumped on board in making yoga a part of their in-season routine. It’s even made its way to the high school level. Gwen Lawrence has two Super Bowl rings as the yoga instructor for the Giants for 16 seasons. Now she works in certifying instructors across the country to work with athletes. She joins us to discuss simple things we can do to keep ourselves performing optimally. -Working with Tom Coughlin -Start and introduction to the Giants by Frank Gifford -Players response to being introduced to yoga -Simple breathing exercises to relieve stress -Simple ways to be more mindful -Taking care of aches and pains -Better sleep -Yoga as an after game day routine -Position specific moves for your players -"No Sweat" practices Coach Wellness Kit on CoachTube: https://bit.ly/3i6EJn6 Power Yoga fo Sport - Full Football Edition https://coachtube.com/course/football/power-yoga-for-sports-training https://bit.ly/3i7ovu2 Bundle both and save: https://bit.ly/3COVBXk
Today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast, The Game Plan, features former coach Terry Shea, who does consulting work for future NFL Draft prospects. He’s served as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator as well as quarterbacks coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams. The Game Plan is a weekly in-season feature that shares thematic ideas that can help coaches and teams once the season begins. -What to look for in the self scout -When it’s OK to break your tendencies -Looking at your game schedule to decide when to add a wrinkle -Focusing on what you do best when adding personnel -Adding screen concepts -Making sure the QB understands the wrinkle -Don’t add a wrinkle if safeties can’t adjust -Using movement to add a wrinkle -How to game plan movement -Main things to look at when adding a wrinkle midseason
Chris Wolfe, the head coach at Male High School(Louisville, Ky.), is today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast. He discusses creating competition in practice and why he has embraced shoulder tackling. Show notes 1:05 Wolfe’s “good on good” practice philosophy 5:07 Adapting based on the opponent 8:14 Offense throughout the season 10:54 Breaking tendencies 12:50 Approach on hitting in practice 17:05 The winning edge
On this week's "In the NZone" Keith and Noel discuss game planning formation into the boundary plays including Noel's favorites and the use of tempo with FIB, Ole Miss explosives and how they make the opponent defend the whole field, Wake Forest's slow mesh rpo game and how they've mixed traditional read game/rpo, as well as a discussion on how the way defenses and offenses have evolved. The Wake Forest RPO Clinic is available here: https://bit.ly/2XC4F2N
It’s another week of looking at some possible adjustments, tweaks, and wrinkles to keep your offense and defense rolling. Offense We are hitting mid-season and teams have gotten a chance to see what you do. They are studying you on film and trying to hone in on your tendencies. The last thing you want is your offense to bog down. Finding a way to pick up a chunk of yardage or even a touchdown at a critical time can help propel your team towards its goals. Adding a screen to what you already do can be a great way to get an explosive play and break a tendency. If you already run screens, you can make your screen game more multiple or add a screen to some of your best runs, passes, or even add to a wrinkle that you have already added. Defensively, it's not necessarily about adding another blitz or stunt but refining the ones you have. This involves identifying techniques which can be improved and focusing on how you can work those in practice. On special teams it is also about refinement by identifying a phase of each special teams unit which can be working in individual or group periods in practice. Resources recommended in this podcast: Joe Davis "All Position Screen Game" https://bit.ly/3f4CMGc Josh Herring "Attitude Passes" https://bit.ly/3zpLhD6 Dave Cohen "Defensive Line Movement" https://bit.ly/39nINuo Scott Fountain "4 Phases of Punt Return" https://bit.ly/3tWSr0Q
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