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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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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