300 episodes

Keith Grabowski interviews the most knowledgable 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.

Coach and Coordinator Podcast Keith Grabowski

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Keith Grabowski interviews the most knowledgable 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.

    Edj Series Preview - Anthony Jones, VP, Edj Varsity

    Edj Series Preview - Anthony Jones, VP, Edj Varsity

    What if you were armed to make better decisions on game day? How valuable is information that allows you to make decisions as a coach that increase the probability of your team winning.

    That's the idea behind the Edj Series in collaboration with Edj Varsity. VP, Anthony Jones will join us weekly to highlight some of the best decisions and worst decisions from the previous week with an analytics perspective.

    In addition, we discuss how analytics are used at every level and educate the you, the coach, on how you can get started integrating analytics into your program.

    Today we discuss decisions from week two of the NFL season with the best decisions coming from Kansas City Chiefs and the LA Rams, and the worst, analytically speaking, from the Seattle Seahawks.

    We also cover some top decisions from the high school level and how they impacted the game.

    https://edjvarsity.com/blog/week-2-best-worst-decisions-2020/

    Twitter:
    @CoachKGrabowski
    @aj_anthonyjones
    @EdjVarsity

    • 30 min
    From The Archives - Van Malone, Assistant Head Coach, Passing Game Coordinator, Cornerbacks

    From The Archives - Van Malone, Assistant Head Coach, Passing Game Coordinator, Cornerbacks

    From the Archives:
    Today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast is Van Malone, former defensive coordinator at Southern Methodist University. Malone played three years in the NFL for the Detroit Lions, then transitioned into coaching. Malone was named the 2017 AFCA FBS Assistant Coach of the Year. On today’s episode, Malone talks with host Keith Grabowski about important lessons he has learned throughout this career.

    Show Notes
    1:24 Transitioning from playing in the NFL to coaching
    4:13 Key lessons that have helped Malone develop as a coach
    7:51 The defense installed at SMU
    10:28 Taking away the RPO
    14:48 Advice to coaches who are looking for their next opportunity
    19:39 Coach Malone’s next step in his career

    • 23 min
    From The Archives - Mike Denbrock, Offensive Coordinator, University of Cincinnati

    From The Archives - Mike Denbrock, Offensive Coordinator, University of Cincinnati

    From the Archives:
    Today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast is Mike Denbrock, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Cincinnati. Denbrock enters his second season at UC, along with head coach Luke Fickell. Denbock's other college assistant stops include Notre Dame, Indiana State, Washington, Stanford, Buffalo, Illinois State and his alma mater, Grand Valley State.

    On today’s podcast, Denbrock and host Keith Grabowski discuss Denbrock’s experience on both sides of the ball, the best ways to get maximum effort from players and how the RPO fits into his offense.

    Show Notes

    1:34 Learning points early in coaching career
    4:25 Balance in setting goals and focusing on current position
    6:28 Having a variety of coaching skills
    10:00 Offensive and defensive staffs working together
    13:04 Bringing together all three phases
    15:11 Aligning culture within a program
    17:15 What he expects out of his Cincinnati players
    20:23 Keys to effective recruiting
    22:51 Ways to teach players the game
    25:43 Helping players understand the “why” in schemes
    27:12 Being efficient in practice
    29:55 Key points to Cincinnati’s offense
    33:44 Balancing RPO and the play-action pass
    35:42 Developing players to run Level 3 RPO
    37:15 The Winning Edge

    • 40 min
    From The Archives - Hall Of Famer, Mike Singletary

    From The Archives - Hall Of Famer, Mike Singletary

    From the Archives: Hall of Famer Mike Singletary

    Today's podcast is an in season series from 20`8 on which Charlie Coiner, former NFL coach, joined my as a guest host.

    This week in the Game Plan series, Keith Grabowski and Charlie Coiner have a legendary figure as a guest in former Chicago Bears linebacker and NFL coach Mike Singletary. The Hall of Fame linebacker discusses the middle linebacker position and how playing middle linebacker has evolved against today's modern offenses. Singletary gives a real vivid explanation on what he coaches up at the position. He also gives insight on what makes him successful and what can make the young players successful going forward.

    01:04 Mike Singletary intro
    05:15 What are your eyes looking at as a middle linebacker?
    06:10 Guard - center - guard read
    08:25 Adapting to pistol and shotgun
    11:20 Effect of hiding the ball in play action
    12:50 Coaching up against the RPO
    13:05 What do they normally do?
    15:10 Important to have the philosophy of the offensive coordinator
    16:55 Advice to a young linebacker or coach
    18:12 Study the film
    20:30 Important to develop an identity
    21:20 What is my personnel?
    22:40 Endzone copy of film
    24:15 Coach Singletary’s pop steps
    26:00 Coach Singletary's in game technique scenario
    29:55 Coach Singletary being a student of the game
    30:53 Having players in a system
    32:32 Coach Singletary's unique situation
    34:02 It’s a thinking man’s game
    35:00 Every offensive play or player tells a story
    36:05 First Down Playbook

    • 38 min
    From The Archives - Phil Longo, Offensive Coordinator, North Carolina

    From The Archives - Phil Longo, Offensive Coordinator, North Carolina

    From the Archives: Phil Longo, Offensive Coordinator, North Carolina
    This podcast was originally recorded right after Longo made his move to Ole Miss from Sam Houston State.

    Today's guest is Phil Longo, offensive coordinator at Ole Miss. Longo talks about the difference between playing enthusiastically versus emotionally, how he evaluates players on instinctiveness and how he tweaks 7on7 time to make them even more effective for his team. He also discusses how he turns weaknesses into strengths by always optimizing his playbook.

    Show notes

    1:53 Start as a football coach

    2:52 Lessons learned as a young coach

    4:33 Building culture within an offense

    6:30 Establishing relationships with players

    8:28 Emphasizing instinct with players

    9:57 Longo's grading system for evaluating instinctiveness

    12:30 How Ole Miss breaks down its spring practice schedule

    14:09 How Longo turns weak links in the playbook into strengths

    16:39 Tweaking plays for red zone and goal line situations

    18:04 Special Teams and trick plays

    19:35 Don't install RPOs just to say you run RPOs

    20:59 Play repetition

    22:23 Coach technology

    24:45 Keys to running an effective walkthrough

    26:17 Role of assistant coaches on game day

    27:28 Getting the most from 7on7s

    29:25 The winning edge

    Coach Grabowski’s 3 key takeaways

    1) Playing enthusiastically not emotionally

    2) Having 26 plays and sticking with it

    3) Get your players to play instinctively

    • 33 min
    From The Archives - Serving Others Through Football with Mike London, Head Coach William and Mary

    From The Archives - Serving Others Through Football with Mike London, Head Coach William and Mary

    From the Archives: Serving Others Through Football with Mike London, Head Coach William & Mary

    On today’s episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, host Keith Grabowski sits down with Mike London, head coach at the College of William & Mary. Coach London has an extensive coaching history dating back to the 1980s. In 2008, London led the Richmond Spiders to their first FCS National Championship in school history. For his work that year, he was named AFCA’s FCS National Coach of the Year. In 2011, as head coach at Virginia, London won ACC Coach of the year. Most recently, London was the head coach at Howard University, where, in 2017, he led the Bison to one of the greatest upsets in recent NCAA history as they upended UNLV. This past off-season, coach accepted the job at William & Mary to be closer to his family. Coach joined the podcast today to talk about how his experiences in life have helped shaped who he is as a football coach as well as talk about the culture being built at W&M.

    Show Notes:

    1:27 Coach’s incredible journey
    6:05 How did his journey as a police officer and through life reflect on his decision to coach
    11:32 Servant leadership
    16:00 How much the history of W&M means to him
    18:43 Depth of his staff
    22:14 Constant evolution at W&M and their work with USA Football
    27:07 Evolving role of sports training technology and science
    31:09 How the game has changed and how W&M prioritizes it
    33:33 Winning Edge

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    • 36 min

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