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.
The Mushroom Society - Learning From 50 Years Of Coaching With Al Saunders
Today’s guest on the Mushroom Society Series on the Coach and Coordinator Podcast is with retired NFL Coach Al Saunders.
Coach Saunders began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at USC under John McKay from 1970–71 and served as receivers coach for the University of Missouri's Fiesta Bowl team in 1972.
Saunders spent 1973 through 1975 as a play-caller and offensive backfield coach at Utah State. He then spent six seasons as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the University of California. He guided the Golden Bears to set 32 NCAA, conference, and school records and finished each season ranked in the top ten in the nation in passing. His final collegiate stop was in 1982 as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach under Johnny Majors at the University of Tennessee where he built an explosive, record-setting offense.
His first NFL head coaching position came with the San Diego Chargers as interim head coach in 1986 following the resignation of Don Coryell. He spent two full seasons as the Chargers' head coach after previously working as receivers coach in 1983-84 and assistant head coach in 1985-86 for what was one of the most prolific offenses in the history of modern football. In 1985, San Diego's "Air Coryell" led the NFL in passing and total offense for an unprecedented fifth time in six years.
From 1989 until 1998, Saunders was with the Kansas City Chiefs. Saunders worked for 10 winning seasons under the highly respected head coach Marty Schottenheimer again as a part of a top-performing offense.
Saunders joined the St. Louis Rams coaching staff under the legendary Dick Vermeil. Serving as associate head coach and receivers coach with the Rams (1999-2000), he helped create one of the most dynamic and explosive offenses that the NFL had ever seen, and eventually helped lead the Rams to a Super Bowl XXXIV victory. Leading the NFL in virtually every significant offensive category, "The Greatest Show on Turf" established numerous NFL records for scoring and offensive production.
When Vermeil came out of retirement in 2001, Saunders reunited with his old mentor and former team, the Kansas City Chiefs, as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator until Vermeil’s final retirement in 2006. Under Saunders’ direction as coordinator, the Chiefs offense was the most productive unit in the entire NFL during that 5-year span. 46 franchise records for offense production were established and no team scored more points (2,175), gained more yards (30,470), or scored more touchdowns (262) during that time.
Coach Saunders was ranked as the #1 Offensive Coordinator in the past 25 years in the NFL by ESPN and in 2005, and was named USA Today's Offensive Coach of the Year.
Coach Saunders finished out his career as an assistant with Redskins, Rams, Ravens, Raiders, Dolphins, and retired after his stint with the Cleveland Browns
-Start with John McKay
-Don't tell - Teach
-Treat everyone as a number one draft choice
-The job of a coach is to make all players the best they can be
-You can’t teach experience
-Create an environment people enjoy being in
-Take the positive environment and enthusiasm to the field
-How the best approach the game
-Dealing with your coaches
-Developing a top offense
-Don't ask players to do what they can’t do
-Protecting the QB
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Trust Your Gut with Brian Kight
From our archives:
On today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast, host Keith Grabowski is joined by the founder of dailydiscipline.com and former CEO of Focus 3 Brian Kight. Having been on the show previously for the “Leadership Journey” series, Kight rejoins the show to speak on how and when coaches should use “their gut.”
3:15 Information versus trusting your gut
10:20 What does ‘Trust your gut’ mean?
15:50 Translating your gut to your ‘heart’ or your feelings
21:00 Requirements that precede ‘Trust your gut’
23:25 Better alternatives to or addressing ‘Trust your gut’
23:45 “What skill do I have in this?”
26:45 Positive experience
29:55 Is it important to use your gut in this situation?
33:20 Are you willing to accept and acknowledge the consequences?
37:40 Operating within a system
Teach Tapes - Techniques For Creating Explosive Passes
On this week's episode of TeachTapes we discuss techniques and drills to create explosive passing plays.
Detailed shownotes and links to follow.
Defense With DC Learning From Ole Miss, 4 Min Defense, Max FG Block, Defending Option
On this week's episode of our in-season defensive series "Defense with DC," USFL Michigan Panthers Defensive Coordinator Dan Carrel focuses on some things we can learn from the Ole Miss defense, situational end of the game, and defending the option.
-Using unique fronts to reduce from
-Drills and technique
-Defending condensed formation
-Coaching the "buzz" safety
-The value of a 4-Minute Stop
-Having the book on the sideline for this situation
-Max FG Block
-Defending Option - Playing the ends in 3-4 and defending the QB Sweep
The OC Office Hour -An Approach to Situational Focus - Jaime Elizondo, OC, XFL San Antonio
Our guest on our in-season OC Office Hour series is Jaime Elizondo, Offensive Coordinator for XFL San Antonio. He discusses an approach to situational football, especially in regard to how it affects the game in the 4th quarter.
-Early game decisions are not black and white
-Finding the Hidden Momentum in decision making
-Two thought processes - every drive ends in a kick or by in-game needs
-Stack the odds in your favor
-At some point, you will need to go for it on fourth
-Need to have a process to handle decisions
-Color-coded system for communication
-Practicing with in-game context
-Players need to feel the situation
-Ideas for practice
A Victory Is Educational When It Is Compared With The Defeat You Were Escaping - From Tiger Ellison
In this episode, Keith pulls from the chapters of the book The Run and Shoot: The Offense of the Future by Glenn "Tiger" Ellison, creator of the Run and Shoot.
The lesson written by Coach Ellison is about the platform we have as coaches to build young men and how we have that opportunity by winning. He defines winning and the purpose of coaching as well as discusses why winning allows us to have the platform.
Whether you are experiencing success this season or searching for answers, this optimistic message will allow you to reflect and make the most out of the remainder of the season.