The Board Drill Podcast

Kyle Bradburn

Join seasoned coaches Kyle Bradburn and Matt Dixon on The Board Drill Podcast, a dynamic journey into the intricate world of high school football. With a passion for the game that extends beyond the field, Kyle and Matt delve deep into the challenges facing coaches today. This podcast is more than just X's and O's; it's a guiding light for high school coaches nationwide, offering valuable resources and insights to empower them on their journey to becoming better, more effective leaders on and off the field. Tune is for engaging conversations on football with The Board Drill Podcast! read less
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The QB Training Manual with Coach Simmons
Yesterday
The QB Training Manual with Coach Simmons
Summary In this episode, Coach Brandon Simmons shares his expertise on quarterback play. He discusses the importance of knowledge, discipline, confidence, and command in the four quarters of quarterback play. He also provides a quarterback evaluation template and key terms for quarterbacks to understand defensive structures. Coach Simmons emphasizes the significance of yards after completion and teaches quarterbacks how to identify and attack different coverages. He concludes by explaining his teaching progression for quarterbacks of different experience levels. In this conversation, Coach Brandon Simmons discusses his approach to coaching quarterbacks and attacking coverage. He emphasizes the importance of evaluating the quarterback's skill set and adjusting the coaching style accordingly. He also highlights the weaknesses in different coverage schemes and provides strategies for attacking them. Additionally, Coach Simmons emphasizes the importance of building men and giving back to the community. Takeaways Quarterbacks need to focus on knowledge, discipline, confidence, and command in their play. A quarterback evaluation template can help provide feedback and improve decision-making. Understanding defensive structures and key terms is crucial for quarterbacks. Yards after completion are important for displaying toughness and gaining the trust of teammates. Quarterbacks should learn to identify and attack different coverages. Evaluate the quarterback's skill set and adjust coaching accordingly Identify weaknesses in coverage schemes and develop strategies to exploit them Focus on building men and giving back to the community Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Background 00:47 Presentation of the Quarterback Manual 04:28 Quarterback Evaluation 05:29 Feedback and Flexibility 06:11 Importance of Yards After Completion 06:26 Assessing Decision-Making and Results 09:24 Key Terms for Quarterbacks 10:58 Defensive Techniques and Gaps 21:30 Middle of the Field Closed and Open 27:12 Split Field Coverage 28:07 Coverage Identification and Attacking Coverage 31:31 Teaching Progression 32:06 Evaluation and Adjustments 33:45 Weaknesses in Coverage 36:11 Putting it All Together 38:47 Building Men and Giving Back
Mastering the Screen Game w/ Coach Cooley
Apr 17 2024
Mastering the Screen Game w/ Coach Cooley
Summary In this episode, Coach Cooley discusses his offensive system called 'Punch and Pace.' He emphasizes the vertical run game and the vertical pass game, as well as the ability to change personnel sets. He also introduces his wristband system, which simplifies play calls for the players. Coach Cooley then dives into the screen game, explaining the blocking rules and showcasing different screen plays. He provides film examples and highlights the importance of communication and repetition in executing screens effectively. In this part of the conversation, Coach Cooley discusses different screen plays, including the ready, set, go cadence, the bubble screen, the slip screen, and the throwback screen. He explains the strategies and techniques behind each play and shares video clips to illustrate how they work. He also discusses the challenges of running screens and provides insights on how to make them more effective. Overall, screens are an important part of his offensive playbook and have been successful in gaining yards and scoring touchdowns. In this conversation, Coach Cooley discusses different screen plays and their effectiveness in high school football. He emphasizes the importance of screens as an extension of the run game and highlights the simplicity and high percentage nature of these plays. Coach Cooley provides insights into the blocking assignments and techniques for various screen plays, including tunnel screens and swing screens. He also shares film clips to illustrate the execution and challenges of these plays. Overall, this conversation offers valuable information and strategies for incorporating screens into offensive game plans. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Overview 10:36 Key Elements of the Offensive System 27:20 Film Breakdown: Now and Bubble Screens 36:51 The Slip Screen 44:50 Challenges of Running Screens 52:49 The Mazda Screen 01:01:01 Introduction and Dislike for Spot Drop 01:07:45 Reading the Defense and Making Decisions 01:16:38 Double Screen Play 01:23:28 Conclusion and Contact Information
Navigating the 3-High Defense
Apr 10 2024
Navigating the 3-High Defense
Summary Coach Tom McPherson discusses three high run fits and coverages in this episode. He explains that the three high defense is based on the same principles as the four to five defense, with the middle safety playing a hybrid linebacker role. He also discusses the challenges of fitting run plays with split flow and the importance of open field tackling. Coach McPherson emphasizes the need for deception in defensive schemes and the importance of adapting to offensive formations. He concludes by highlighting the importance of teaching the why, not just the how, to young players. The conversation explores the challenges and innovations associated with implementing a three-high defensive scheme. It discusses the unforeseen challenges that arise when introducing a new scheme and the importance of adapting and collaborating to find solutions. The conversation also delves into the evolution of defensive schemes and the need to create unique wrinkles to fit the personnel. It highlights the importance of understanding the principles behind coverages and the ability to make adjustments based on formations. Finally, it emphasizes the value of creative solutions and the need to anticipate and counter offensive strategies. In this episode, Coach Mac discusses the Play Fast Clinic and the challenges of booking a venue. He expresses his desire to continue the clinic and create an enhanced experience for coaches. Coach Mac also highlights the family atmosphere at Bishop Kenny and the unique aspects of the program. He emphasizes the importance of relationships and mentoring in coaching, as well as the value of failure and learning from mistakes. Finally, Coach Mac shares his thoughts on the challenges of finding good coaches and the role of the Play Fast Patreon. Takeaways The three high defense is based on the same principles as the four to five defense.Fitting run plays with split flow can be challenging, and adjustments may need to be made based on the actions of the sniffer or other offensive players.Open field tackling is crucial in preventing big plays and should be a focus for defensive coaches.Deception is key in defensive schemes, and coaches should aim to disrupt the offense's practice plan.Adapting defensive schemes to offensive formations is essential, and coaches should consider the angles and positioning of offensive players when designing their game plan.Teaching the why, not just the how, is important for young players to understand the concepts and strategies behind defensive schemes. Implementing a new defensive scheme can present unforeseen challenges, and it is important to adapt and collaborate to find solutions. Chapters 00:00 Introduction of Coach Tom McPherson 02:13 Overview of Three High Run Fits and Coverages 07:09 Fitting Run Plays with Split Flow 08:35 Importance of Open Field Tackling 09:48 Preventing Runs in the A Gap 12:10 Learning from Other Coaches 15:07 Challenges of Three High Defense 20:08 Handling Tight End Sets 23:59 Adapting Defensive Schemes 25:33 Analyzing Offensive Formations 29:10 Teaching the Why, Not Just the How 30:31 Unforeseen Challenges with Three High 36:18 Adapting and Innovating 39:09 The Evolution of Defensive Schemes 45:47 Coverages in Three High 50:02 Adjustments and Creative Solutions 54:08 Palms Beaters and Changeups 56:54 Play Fast Clinic 57:26 Difficulty in Booking Venue 58:10 Desire to Continue the Clinic 59:07 Conflict of Interest 59:36 Creating an Enhanced Clinic Experience 01:01:32 The Family Atmosphere at Bishop Kenny 01:03:17 Unique Aspects of Bishop Kenny 01:06:46 The Setting at Bishop Kenny 01:08:05 The Importance of Relationships in Coaching 01:10:23 The Importance of Mentoring and Paying It Forward 01:12:20 The Value of Failure and Learning from Mistakes 01:15:31 The Challenges of Finding Good Coaches 01:19:07 The Play Fast Patreon
Counter Run Scheme w/ Devin Bice (OL Coach at West Alabama)
Apr 3 2024
Counter Run Scheme w/ Devin Bice (OL Coach at West Alabama)
Summary In this episode, Coach Devin Bice discusses the counter play and breaks down the terminology and techniques involved. He demonstrates various drill work, including sled work, brace technique, high knee gallop, and pulls. The drills focus on footwork, hand placement, leverage, and staying square to the defender. Coach Bice emphasizes the importance of worst-case scenario preparation and game-like drills to develop the offensive line's skills and readiness. In this conversation, Coach Devin Bice discusses various drills and techniques for running counter plays in football. He emphasizes the importance of being descriptive and detailed in coaching the offensive line. The drills covered include inside drill and GT counter, with a focus on different variations and scenarios. Coach Bice highlights the key techniques and responsibilities of each position, as well as the importance of reading the defense and making adjustments. Overall, the conversation provides valuable insights into the execution of counter plays and the role of the offensive line. Takeaways Counter play is a key component of offensive line strategyDrill work is essential for developing footwork, hand placement, and leverageWorst-case scenario preparation is crucial for success on the fieldGame-like drills help offensive linemen develop skills and readiness Proper coaching and attention to detail are crucial for the success of counter plays.Different variations of counter plays can create confusion for the defense.Reading the defense and making adjustments based on the defensive alignment is essential.The offensive line plays a critical role in creating running lanes and protecting the quarterback. Chapters 00:00 Introduction 01:13 Background and Terminology 07:47 Drill Work: Sled Work 08:42 Drill Work: Brace Technique 09:42 Drill Work: High Knee Gallop 13:48 Drill Work: Pods 40:12 Inside Drill: Counter to the Left 43:17 Inside Drill: Counter to the Left (Continued) 44:38 Inside Drill: Counter to the Left (Continued) 48:05 Inside Drill: Counter to the Left (Continued) 51:13 Inside Drill: Counter to the Left (Continued) 52:05 GT Counter: Overfront to the Tight End 57:31 GT Counter: Sink Look 01:00:41 GT Counter: Sink Look (Continued)
Transitioning from HC to Coordinator w/ Coach Jeff Smothers
Mar 27 2024
Transitioning from HC to Coordinator w/ Coach Jeff Smothers
Summary In this episode, Coach Jeff Smothers discusses the transition from being a head coach to a coordinator. He emphasizes the importance of being present and fully committed to the current role, rather than constantly seeking the next opportunity. Coach Smothers also highlights the value of having a supportive coaching staff and being part of a community that cares about the team. He encourages coaches to communicate openly with their head coaches about their career aspirations and to focus on the love of the game and personal growth. In this conversation, Coach Jeff Smothers discusses the challenges and transitions that come with being an assistant coach. He emphasizes the importance of knowing your role, being loyal to the head coach, and embracing the process. Coach Smothers also highlights the significance of leading your group, building relationships with coaches and players, and being prepared. He encourages assistant coaches to ask questions, challenge ideas respectfully, and take criticism as opportunities for growth. Ultimately, he emphasizes the importance of doing your job and putting the team's success above personal ego. Takeaways Be fully present and committed to your current role as a coach.The title of head coach does not define a good coach; focus on being the best in your current position.Surround yourself with a supportive coaching staff and community.Communicate openly with your head coach about your career aspirations and be transparent about job opportunities. Know your role and be loyal to the head coach.Embrace the process and enjoy the journey.Lead your group and build relationships with coaches and players.Be prepared, ask questions, and take criticism as opportunities for growth. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Transitioning from Head Coach to Coordinator 03:06 The Importance of Being Where Your Feet Are 06:34 The Value of Being in the Best Situation 10:39 The Importance of Having a Great Coaching Staff 13:32 The Benefits of Being in a Supportive Community 21:23 The Rewards of Being in a Supportive Environment 23:14 The Importance of Transparency and Communication 27:33 Discovering Personal Coaching Preferences 29:05 Transitioning from Head Coach to Assistant Coach 30:10 Settling into the Assistant Coach Role 31:29 Learning and Adapting to New Defensive Strategies 32:29 Offensive Coaches Transitioning to Defense 33:58 Taking a Step Back and Learning as an Assistant Coach 36:06 Dealing with Disagreements as an Assistant Coach 38:00 The Leadership Umbrella and Knowing Your Role 39:36 Leading Your Group as an Assistant Coach 40:47 Being Prepared and Taking Criticism as an Assistant Coach 45:00 Building Relationships with Coaches and Players 46:00 Asking Questions and Challenging Ideas in Staff Meetings 48:05 Embracing the Process and Enjoying the Journey 49:33 Taking Criticism and Doing Your Job
Building Relationships in Your Building & the Community
Mar 20 2024
Building Relationships in Your Building & the Community
Summary Coach Coe discusses the importance of building relationships in coaching, both in the hallways and in the community. He shares personal experiences that have shaped his coaching philosophy and emphasizes the value of family and relationships. Coach Coe also highlights the challenges of coaching in Florida and the importance of continual learning and adaptation. He concludes by discussing the impact of relationship building on players and the role of a head coach in creating a positive team culture. Coach Mike Coe emphasizes the importance of understanding and connecting with students, building relationships, and creating a family atmosphere within the football program. He highlights the need to be present in the community, support the students in various aspects of their lives, and promote the positive aspects of the program. Coach Coe also discusses the significance of engaging with the faculty, parents, and administration, as well as building relationships with the community at large. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Background 00:57 The Importance of Building Relationships 06:03 Lessons Learned from Coaching Journey 08:58 The Value of Family and Relationships 12:03 Overcoming Personal Challenges 14:55 Creating a Positive Team Culture 21:00 The Challenges of Coaching in Florida 24:01 Building a Strong Coaching Staff 26:57 Continual Learning and Adaptation 29:48 Gaining Knowledge from Other Coaches 31:10 Focusing on Relationship Building with Players 31:40 Understanding the Students 32:09 Building Relationships and Setting Expectations 32:39 Being Present in the Community 33:38 Studying and Supporting the Students 34:05 Modeling Behavior and Creating a Family Environment 35:25 Promoting the Positive 36:21 Using Technology and Inspirational Videos 38:45 Exposing Students to New Experiences 39:31 Supporting the Middle School and Youth Programs 40:12 Creating a Family Atmosphere 41:08 Engaging with the Faculty 42:09 Building Relationships with Teachers 42:57 Showing Appreciation to the Faculty 44:30 Building Relationships with Parents 45:00 Communicating with Parents 46:27 Building Relationships with the Administration 47:24 Showing Appreciation to the Administration 48:49 Building Relationships with the Community 49:47 Engaging with the Touchdown Club 50:48 Engaging with the Community
Offensive Installation with Coach Tracy Malone
Mar 13 2024
Offensive Installation with Coach Tracy Malone
Summary In this episode, Coach Tracy Malone discusses the process of creating an offensive installation plan. He emphasizes the importance of starting with the end in mind and working backwards from a Friday night call sheet. Coach Malone shares his approach to installing different run schemes, RPOs, and pass plays. He also explains how the menu can be adjusted based on the team's strengths and the opponent's weaknesses. Overall, Coach Malone emphasizes the importance of simplicity and focusing on the things that matter most to the team's success. The conversation covers coaching strategies, offensive triggers and formations, operations and play calling, offensive run and RPO install, offensive situations and drills, offensive drill bank, and daily musts. In this conversation, Coach Tracy Malone shares insights on leadership, game planning, playbooks, drill banks, signaling, and balancing coaching with personal life. He emphasizes the importance of inspiring and energizing players, starting with the quarterback. Coach Malone discusses the process of building a game plan and the significance of starting with the end in mind. He introduces the concept of drill banks for teaching and customizing the playbook. Coach Malone also shares examples of formation calls and discusses the simplification of communication in two-minute drills. He concludes by reflecting on the importance of prioritizing personal life over coaching ambitions. Takeaways Start with the end in mind when creating an offensive installation plan.Install run schemes, RPOs, and pass plays in a step-by-step process.Adjust the menu based on the team's strengths and the opponent's weaknesses.Simplicity and focusing on the essentials are key to offensive success. Coaches should be aware of the potential risks and consequences of certain coaching strategies.Offensive triggers and formations play a crucial role in offensive play calling.Operations and play calling should be well-organized and efficient.Proper installation of offensive run and RPO plays is essential for success.Coaches should be prepared for various offensive situations and have a drill bank for different scenarios.Consistency and repetition in daily drills are important for player development and improvement. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Podcast Setup 00:59 Importance of Sharing Coaching Strategies 05:10 Spring Ball vs. Fall Scrimmages 09:21 Installation Plan: Begin with the End in Mind 12:10 Order of Installation and Learning Styles 16:26 Keeping Defensive Coaches and Players on Their Toes 21:09 Master Ready List: Pass Game 32:19 Adjusting the Menu for Game Day 34:02 Coaching Strategies and Observations 36:08 Offensive Triggers and Formations 39:34 Operations and Play Calling 42:36 Personnel and Formations 45:53 Offensive Operations and Install 52:44 Offensive Run and RPO Install 59:16 Offensive Situations and Drills 01:07:27 Offensive Drill Bank 01:08:50 Daily Musts 01:09:18 The Importance of Leadership and Inspiration 01:10:17 Building a Game Plan 01:11:12 Customizing the Playbook 01:12:14 Drill Banks for Teaching 01:13:08 Simplifying Communication in Two-Minute Drills 01:13:59 Formation Calls and Signaling 01:16:09 Example of Formation Calls 01:19:29 Adapting Calls in Two-Minute Drills 01:20:37 Balancing Coaching and Personal Life 01:27:05 Importance of Prioritizing Personal Life 01:31:00 Closing Remarks and Reflections
Deep Choice with Coach Adam Donnelly OC at Lake Mary HS
Mar 6 2024
Deep Choice with Coach Adam Donnelly OC at Lake Mary HS
Summary Coach Adam Donnelly discusses the vertical choice offensive concept, specifically focusing on wide splits and the use of stack formations. He explains the importance of simplifying the offense and building football intelligence among the players. The split rules and receiver roles are discussed, along with the challenges of communication and overthrows. The concept of stacking and creating space is emphasized, as well as the importance of unselfish receivers. The rules for tagged and untagged receivers are explained, including the trace route and switch release. The progression for the quarterback and the use of play action are also covered. This conversation covers the implementation and execution of the Deep Choice concept in the passing game. It also discusses the importance of pass protection and the teaching points for running backs in that aspect. The chapters cover topics such as confirming fire and rules for wide receivers, setting up pass protection and assigning responsibilities, adjusting pass protection based on matchups, and running other downfield concepts alongside Deep Choice. The conversation also touches on handling bracket coverage and double-teaming the best receiver, as well as the progression in teaching and execution of Deep Choice. This conversation explores the intricacies of a specific offensive strategy in football. The discussion focuses on the tracing concept, exploiting loose quarters coverage, utilizing stack formation, making adjustments, and adapting the offense to different quarterbacks. The coaches share their experiences and insights, highlighting the importance of alignment, decision-making, and creativity in executing the offense effectively. Takeaways Simplifying the offense and building football intelligence are crucial for success.Wide splits and stack formations can create space and challenge the defense.Communication and understanding between the quarterback and receivers are essential.The trace route and switch release provide options for receivers in different situations.Quarterback progression and play action can enhance the effectiveness of the vertical choice concept. Deep Choice is a versatile concept that can be implemented in various formations and situations.Pass protection is a crucial aspect of the passing game and should be given proper attention and teaching.Understanding matchups and adjusting pass protection accordingly can help create favorable situations for the offense.The execution of Deep Choice relies on the receiver's ability to make the right choice based on the coverage and the quarterback's read.Progression in teaching and execution of concepts like Deep Choice can lead to improved performance and success in the passing game. The tracing concept is a key component of the discussed offensive strategy, allowing receivers to adjust their routes based on the defense.Exploiting loose quarters coverage can create opportunities for deep passes and big plays.Stack formation can confuse the defense and create favorable matchups for the offense.Alignment and adjustments are crucial in executing the offense and taking advantage of defensive weaknesses.Giving receivers the freedom to make choices can lead to successful plays and create problems for the defense.Adapting the offense to different quarterbacks requires considering their strengths and weaknesses.
Wide Zone & Inside Zone w/ Coach Robert Spera Pt 2
Feb 29 2024
Wide Zone & Inside Zone w/ Coach Robert Spera Pt 2
Summary In this episode, Coach Robert Spera discusses the wide zone and inside zone run schemes. He explains the responsibilities of the running backs, quarterbacks, and offensive linemen in executing these plays. Coach Spera emphasizes the importance of being fast and physical in running the wide zone, and highlights the need for decisive and vertical footwork by the offensive linemen. He also discusses the covered and uncovered rules for the offensive linemen and provides insights into game planning and adjustments based on defensive alignments. The episode includes analysis of game clips to illustrate the execution of the wide zone play. In this part of the conversation, Coach Robert Spera discusses the wide zone play and blocking techniques, as well as the inside zone play and its blocking strategies. He also explains the gallop technique for offensive linemen and provides examples of inside zone plays. In this conversation, Coach Robert Spera discusses various aspects of offensive line play, focusing on the wide zone and inside zone running plays. He emphasizes the importance of effective communication and execution among the offensive linemen. Coach Spera also explains how to read and understand the opponent's defense to make the right adjustments. He provides insights into the kick call and the gallop technique used in blocking schemes. Additionally, Coach Spera discusses the lack of shaded nose techniques faced by his team and highlights the ability of his players to maximize their potential despite not having the most talent. Takeaways Wide zone and inside zone are effective run schemes that can be run by any team, regardless of size or athleticism. Running backs should read the first down lineman outside the tackle and make their cut on the fifth step. Offensive linemen should focus on being decisive and getting vertical, blocking defenders on the angles they find them. The quarterback's role is to hold at least one defender and make the correct reads and fakes. Game planning and adjustments are crucial in running the wide zone effectively. Wide zone and inside zone are the primary running plays for the team. The gallop technique is used to keep offensive linemen square and maintain leverage in the inside zone play. Communication and coordination among offensive linemen are crucial for successful zone blocking. Pistol formation provides flexibility and makes it harder for the defense to anticipate the direction of the run play. Chapters 00:00Introduction to Wide Zone and Inside Zone 01:02Physical Downhill Run 03:26Offensive Line Rules 05:24Uncovered Guys 06:22Gallup Technique 09:14Identification System 10:09Tight End Responsibility 11:09Three-Down Front 13:33Communication 14:05Double Teams 16:08Cutbacks and Gallop Technique 19:00Running Against TE Stunts 20:26Gap Exchange 22:24Pistol Formation 24:18Communication and Double Teams 25:43Getting More with Less Talent
Wide Zone & Inside Zone w/ Coach Robert Spera Pt. 1
Feb 27 2024
Wide Zone & Inside Zone w/ Coach Robert Spera Pt. 1
Summary In this episode, Coach Robert Spera discusses the wide zone and inside zone run schemes. He explains the responsibilities of the running backs, quarterbacks, and offensive linemen in executing these plays. Coach Spera emphasizes the importance of being fast and physical in running the wide zone, and highlights the need for decisive and vertical footwork by the offensive linemen. He also discusses the covered and uncovered rules for the offensive linemen and provides insights into game planning and adjustments based on defensive alignments. The episode includes analysis of game clips to illustrate the execution of the wide zone play. In this part of the conversation, Coach Robert Spera discusses the wide zone play and blocking techniques, as well as the inside zone play and its blocking strategies. He also explains the gallop technique for offensive linemen and provides examples of inside zone plays. In this conversation, Coach Robert Spera discusses various aspects of offensive line play, focusing on the wide zone and inside zone running plays. He emphasizes the importance of effective communication and execution among the offensive linemen. Coach Spera also explains how to read and understand the opponent's defense to make the right adjustments. He provides insights into the kick call and the gallop technique used in blocking schemes. Additionally, Coach Spera discusses the lack of shaded nose techniques faced by his team and highlights the ability of his players to maximize their potential despite not having the most talent. Takeaways Wide zone and inside zone are effective run schemes that can be run by any team, regardless of size or athleticism.Running backs should read the first down lineman outside the tackle and make their cut on the fifth step.Offensive linemen should focus on being decisive and getting vertical, blocking defenders on the angles they find them.The quarterback's role is to hold at least one defender and make the correct reads and fakes.Game planning and adjustments are crucial in running the wide zone effectively. Wide zone and inside zone are the primary running plays for the team.The gallop technique is used to keep offensive linemen square and maintain leverage in the inside zone play.Communication and coordination among offensive linemen are crucial for successful zone blocking.Pistol formation provides flexibility and makes it harder for the defense to anticipate the direction of the run play. Chapters 00:00 Introduction 00:48 Focus on O-line 03:00 Transition to Wide Zone 05:29 Running Back Responsibilities 07:13 Formation and Quarterback Responsibilities 09:05 Identification and Offensive Line Rules 12:28 Footwork and Second Step 18:11 Covered and Uncovered Rules 21:30 Uncovered Lineman Progression 24:38 Blocking Back and Game Planning 28:13 Clip Analysis: Wide Zone Execution 37:12 Clip Analysis: Progression and Adjustments 42:42 Wide Zone Play and Blocking 50:12 Inside Zone Play and Blocking 01:00:12 Gallop Technique for Offensive Linemen 01:08:25 Examples of Inside Zone Plays 01:20:30 Effective Communication and Execution 01:22:14 Understanding the Opponent's Defense 01:25:12 The Kick Call 01:26:35 Gap Exchange and Backside Safety 01:27:19 The Gallop Technique 01:29:31 Lack of Shaded Nose Techniques 01:31:13 Getting the Most Out of Less Talent
Linebacker Teaching Progressions & Run Fits with Cody Gardner
Feb 21 2024
Linebacker Teaching Progressions & Run Fits with Cody Gardner
Summary In this episode, Coach Cody Gardner discusses the linebacker progression and the cross read system. He explains how he developed this system to adapt to the changing landscape of offenses, particularly the prevalence of RPOs. The cross read system involves reading the first step of the offensive player being defended and then verifying the read based on the movement of other players. Coach Gardner also discusses how the system can be applied to different offensive schemes, such as split zone and pistol formations. He emphasizes the importance of teaching and repetition in mastering the cross read system. In this part of the conversation, Coach Cody Gardner discusses the linebacker progression and the importance of teaching fundamentals. He also talks about the benefits of being multiple on defense and how his IT background has influenced his coaching. Additionally, he shares a unique aspect of his program. In this episode, Coach Cody Gardner shares his experiences and insights as a football coach at Corner Canyon High School. He discusses the journey that led him to Corner Canyon and the high expectations that come with coaching at a successful program. He emphasizes the power of connection with his players and the importance of expressing love and appreciation for them. Coach Gardner also talks about refusing to settle for less and the motivation to win a state title. He shares a powerful story about the last ceremony with the seniors and the impact of coaching beyond football. Takeaways The linebacker progression involves teaching stance, flutter, mirror step, key step, and different flow reads.Fundamentals and technique are crucial in developing linebackers.Being multiple on defense allows for flexibility and adaptability to different offensive schemes.Coach Gardner's IT background has helped him problem-solve and find innovative solutions in coaching.A unique aspect of Coach Gardner's program is his emphasis on teaching track and field to his football players. Building strong connections with players is crucial for success as a coach.Expressing love and appreciation for players can have a profound impact on their lives.Refusing to settle for less and striving for excellence can drive success.Coaching goes beyond the X's and O's of football and has a lasting impact on players' lives. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Background 03:56 Discussion on Linebacker Progression 18:31 Impact of Pistol Formation on Cross Reads 26:23 Adapting the Cross Read to Different Offensive Schemes 29:43 Benefits of the Cross Read System 32:08 Teaching and Repetition in the Cross Read System 33:12 Linebacker Progression 44:44 Teaching Fundamentals 50:26 Being Multiple on Defense 54:31 Coaching Track and Field 01:01:29 IT Background and Coaching 01:03:28 Unique Aspect of the Program 01:04:20 The Journey to Corner Canyon 01:05:17 The Power of Connection 01:06:18 Expressing Love and Appreciation 01:07:47 Refusing to Settle for Less 01:09:21 The Last Ceremony 01:10:42 The Impact Beyond Football 01:11:21 Closing Remarks
Nurturing Talent & Shaping Character with Mount Bethel's Coaching Duo
Feb 14 2024
Nurturing Talent & Shaping Character with Mount Bethel's Coaching Duo
Summary In this episode, head coach Micah Hughes and offensive coordinator Blake Sims from Mount Bethel Christian Academy discuss their program philosophy, which focuses on building relationships with players and emphasizing character development. They also share insights into their practice structure, including the importance of special teams and situational drills. Additionally, they discuss their offensive philosophy, which combines spread and pro-style elements, and highlight their favorite run and pass plays. In this conversation, Coach Micah Hughes discusses his coaching philosophy and unique aspects of his program. He emphasizes the importance of building relationships with players and creating a positive team culture. Coach Hughes also shares insights on using game film as a teaching tool and incorporating trick plays into the offense. The conversation highlights the value of player experience and the role it plays in coaching. Overall, Coach Hughes provides valuable insights into his coaching approach and the success of his program. Takeaways Building relationships with players and focusing on character development are key aspects of a successful program.In practice, it is important to prioritize special teams and incorporate situational drills to prepare players for game scenarios.An effective offensive philosophy involves playing to the strengths of the players and being adaptable to different personnel.Favorite run and pass plays should be identified based on their efficiency and success rate. Building relationships with players is crucial for a successful coaching experience.Using game film as a teaching tool can enhance player understanding and execution.Incorporating trick plays into the offense can add excitement and keep opponents off balance.Creating a positive team culture and emphasizing player development are key aspects of a successful program. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Program Philosophy 03:14 Building Relationships and Character 07:31 Practice Structure and Special Teams 18:42 Situational Practice and Offensive Philosophy 34:05 Favorite Runs and Passes 37:36 Introduction and X's and O's 38:00 Pro Style Offense and Trick Plays 39:05 Using Game Film as Teaching Tool 40:15 Trick Play Period and Incorporating Trick Plays 41:51 Building Relationships with Players 50:57 Player Experience and Coaching Philosophy 55:33 Unique Aspect of the Program 59:02 Importance of Building Relationships 01:02:28 Closing Remarks
Defensive Insights with Ty Gower
Feb 7 2024
Defensive Insights with Ty Gower
Summary In this episode, Coach Ty Gower discusses various topics related to coaching and football strategy. He debunks common football myths and emphasizes the importance of teaching and adapting in the game. Coach Gower also explains the concept of the Mint Front and how it can be used to defend against modern offensive schemes. He concludes by discussing adjustments to the tight end and different coverage looks. In this part of the conversation, Coach Ty Gower discusses various strategies for creating matchups and generating pressure on defense. He explains the concept of open blitz, where the defense blitzes away from the tight end or the three-man surface. He also talks about using three high safeties and the benefits of self-scouting to make adjustments. Additionally, he emphasizes the importance of giving players autonomy and ownership in the game plan. Finally, he discusses the development of third down packages and the use of different presentations to stress the offense. In this conversation, Coach Ty Gower discusses the effectiveness of simulated pressure and the importance of pre-snap presentation. He also explains the concept of pressure packages and how to involve all 11 positions in the defense. Takeaways Coaches should be open to learning and adapting in order to stay ahead in the game. Teaching and coaching are essential in helping players succeed and overcome challenges. Scheme and situational football play a vital role in defensive success. The Mint Front can be an effective defensive strategy against modern offensive schemes. Adjustments to the tight end and coverage looks are important for defensive success. Open blitz can be used to create favorable matchups by blitzing away from the tight end or the three-man surface. Using three high safeties can provide additional coverage options and help defend against the air raid offense. Self-scouting is crucial for identifying tendencies and making adjustments to keep the defense unpredictable. Giving players autonomy and ownership in the game plan can increase their buy-in and confidence. Developing multiple third down packages with different presentations can stress the offense and create confusion. Simulated pressure and pre-snap presentation can be effective strategies in confusing the offense and creating pressure on the quarterback. Pressure packages should involve all 11 positions on the defense to keep the offense guessing and prevent them from preparing for a specific blitz. Coaches should take ownership of their position group and continuously learn and apply knowledge to improve their coaching. Climbing the coaching ladder requires patience, networking, and being comfortable in your own skin. Avoid comparing yourself to others and focus on your own growth and development as a coach. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Greetings 00:40 Background and Coaching Journey 06:19 Debunking Football Myths 12:25 Learning Progression and Teaching Methods 22:24 The Mint Front and Defensive Adaptation 32:38 Adjusting to the Tight End and Coverage Looks 36:20 Creating Matchups with Open Blitz 39:13 Using Three High Safeties 41:49 Self-Scouting and Making Adjustments 44:20 Giving Players Autonomy and Ownership 46:09 Developing Third Down Packages 51:02 Creating Matchups with Open Blitz (Part 2) 57:35 Generating Pressure with Three Rushers 01:12:06 Simulated Pressure and Pre-Snap Presentation 01:13:26 Pressure Packages and Involving All 11 Positions 01:14:39 Different Looks and Alignments in Pressure Packages 01:15:35 Coaching Off the Field and Climbing the Coaching Ladder 01:19:09 Coaching Foundations and Taking Ownership 01:20:34 Climbing the Coaching Ladder and Being Comfortable in Your Skin 01:22:40 Learning from Influences and Applying Knowledge 01:25:08 Embracing Challenges and Adversity 01:27:32 Networking and Connecting with Other Coaches 01:32:01 Avoiding Comparison and Being Humble
Building a Sustained Winning Culture with Darrell Sutherland
Jan 31 2024
Building a Sustained Winning Culture with Darrell Sutherland
Summary Coach Darrell Sutherland shares his insights on building a winning culture in high school football. He emphasizes the importance of hiring good people and giving them the opportunity to contribute to the program. Coach Sutherland believes in developing better young men, as he believes they make better football players. He discusses the core values of his program, such as brotherhood and recognizing and rewarding team-first actions. He also talks about the challenges of sustaining a positive culture and offers advice for young coaches. Coach Sutherland shares the importance of effective communication and creating traditions that honor and serve the community. He also highlights the holistic development of players, focusing on character and life skills. In this conversation, Coach Darrell Sutherland shares his insights and experiences as a high school football coach. He discusses the importance of morning meetings and visual learning in team culture development. He also talks about measuring team culture through post-season surveys and goal meetings. Coach Sutherland offers advice for young head coaches, emphasizing the prioritization of purpose and family. He highlights the significance of being yourself and building relationships with players. The conversation concludes with congratulations to Coach Sutherland on his induction into the FACA Hall of Fame. Takeaways Hire good people and give them the opportunity to contribute to the program. Develop better young men, as they make better football players. Recognize and reward team-first actions to build a strong culture. Sustain a positive culture by addressing adversity before it happens and staying focused on the main things. Adapt communication styles to meet the needs of today's players. Create traditions that honor and serve the community. Focus on the holistic development of players, emphasizing character and life skills. Morning meetings and visual learning can be effective in developing team culture. Post-season surveys and goal meetings are valuable tools for evaluating team culture. Prioritizing purpose and family is essential for young head coaches. Being yourself and building relationships with players fosters team bonding. Recognition and congratulations are given to Coach Sutherland on his induction into the FACA Hall of Fame. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Background 04:02 The Blueprint of a Winning Culture 15:45 Sustaining a Positive Culture 19:14 Practicing Situational Football 24:02 Adapting to Changes in Team Culture 27:51 Leaving a Lasting Legacy 32:33 Creating Holistic Development 35:32 Morning Meetings and Visual Learning 36:47 Measuring Team Culture 37:24 Post-Season Surveys and Goal Meetings 38:40 Advice for Young Head Coaches 39:09 Prioritizing Purpose and Family 40:24 Being Yourself and Building Relationships 41:08 Parallel Experiences of Coaches 41:52 The Difficulty of Walking Away 43:48 Senior Ceremony and Legacy 46:38 Congratulations and FACA Hall of Fame
Pay Florida Coaches
Jan 26 2024
Pay Florida Coaches
Summary The conversation focuses on the Florida Coaches Coalition and their mission to improve coaching pay in the state. The coalition was founded in December 2021 by Dr. Andrew Ramjit, a former coach and county athletic director. The main proposal of the coalition is to establish a minimum wage for coaches in Florida. The conversation also highlights the current barriers to increasing coaching compensation, including teacher unions and Title IX concerns. The coalition is actively working with the state legislature to bring about policy changes and is gaining support from coaches across the state. The conversation concludes with a call to action for coaches to get involved and support the cause. Takeaways The Florida Coaches Coalition is working to improve coaching pay in the state by advocating for a minimum wage for coaches. Current barriers to increasing coaching compensation include teacher unions and Title IX concerns. The coalition is actively working with the state legislature to bring about policy changes and is gaining support from coaches across the state. Coaches are encouraged to get involved and support the cause by visiting the coalition's website and following them on social media. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Mission Statement 01:33 Introduction of the Florida Coaches Coalition 08:22 Proposal for Minimum Wage for Coaches 10:53 Current Barriers to Increasing Compensation 14:11 Legislative and Policy Changes 18:33 Lack of Support from FHSAA 22:03 Need for Unity Among Coaches 25:04 Starting the Change at the State Level 29:30 How to Get Involved and Support the Cause 32:41 Call to Action for Coaches
Sprint Based Football with Coach Tony Holler
Jan 24 2024
Sprint Based Football with Coach Tony Holler
Takeaways Feed the Cats focuses on speed training and performance-based practices. The goal is to make practice the best part of the day and improve overall athleticism. Timing and data collection are important for tracking progress and motivating athletes. Implementing Feed the Cats in football involves integrating speed, strength, and football-specific workouts. Coaches should prioritize continuous learning and personal growth to improve their coaching abilities. Fun in practice should be redefined as intense competition and effort, rather than a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Punishment should be reframed as opportunities for improvement, focusing on changing athletes' mindsets rather than physical exertion. Strength training in the weight room should stay general and not interfere with speed training. Timing is crucial in assessing athletes' performance and identifying any interference in speed training. The Feed the Cats approach can significantly improve athletes' speed and overall performance. Outworking other teams does not necessarily mean working harder, but rather focusing on quality and efficiency in training. Coaches should prioritize the health and well-being of their athletes, creating a culture of love and support. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Background 00:29 What is Feed the Cats? 02:18 Origin of Feed the Cats 03:12 The Problem with Traditional Training Methods 04:11 Making Practice the Best Part of the Day 05:08 The Relationship Between Speed and Health 06:27 Reducing Soft Tissue Injuries 07:37 Timing and Data Collection 08:37 Using Technology for Timing 09:36 Alternative Timing Methods 10:35 The Importance of Data and Personal Records 11:57 Motivating Athletes with Rewards 13:08 Implementing Feed the Cats in Football 14:37 Speed, Strength, and Football Workouts 16:39 Simplifying Practices and Focusing on Performance 17:33 Training Big Guys like Athletes 20:47 The Importance of Speed for Offensive Linemen 22:13 The Average Combine Measurements for Offensive Tackles 23:10 Integrating Feed the Cats into the Football Season 25:01 Performance Level Practices and Speed Workouts 26:09 Conditioning and Game Speed 27:07 The Importance of CNS Training 29:36 The Role of CNS Training in Football 30:14 CNS Training and Reactionary Drills 33:45 Practicing at Game Speed and Avoiding Cramps 36:43 The Problem with Traditional Conditioning 38:44 Practicing Less and Performing Better 42:37 The Importance of Learning and Growing as a Coach 43:23 Changing Coaching Styles and Personal Growth 43:48 The Misconception of Fun in Practice 44:20 Reframing Punishment as Opportunities for Improvement 45:37 Discipline and Consequences in a Feed the Cats Approach 49:21 Applying Feed the Cats Mentality in the Weight Room 52:09 Indicators of Interference in Speed Training 56:29 The Impact of Feed the Cats on Athletes' Performance 59:14 Unique Approach: Outworking Other Teams 01:02:56 The Importance of Caring for Athletes' Health 01:04:56 The Joy of Sport and Building a Culture of Love 01:07:08 The Conversion to Feed the Cats 01:09:27 Closing Statements and Resources