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.
Creating a Common Language for Coaching, Brent Dearmon, OC, MTSU
On today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast, host Keith Grabowski is joined by Brent Dearmon, Offensive Coordinator at Middle Tennessee. Coach Dearmon is known for his extensive RPO game and tailoring his offense towards his personnel and scheme. Dearmon left Kansas University this offseason, where he had served as the offensive coordinator for the last year and a half. Prior to that, Dearmon was the Head Coach at Bethel University, where he led the team to their best season ever. Dearmon joins Grabowski today to talk about creating a common language amongst his staff and players.
1:23 Coach’s journey
2:51 Creating a common language
5:30 Importance of getting players AND coaches on the same page in terms of terminology
7:25 Teaching in parables
9:45 D-Gap fitter
12:30 The process of changing old terms
13:35 Gift Route
16:05 Vertical movement
20:20 Preparing to make sure all the terminology is the same and establishing pillars
22:38 Coach’s manual
23:52 Advice for coaches going forward
Adding Choice Concepts to Layer the RPO Game-Alcorn St. OC Elliott Wratten+ WR Coach Jason Phillips
On today’s podcast, host Keith Grabowski is joined by two members of the Alcorn State University offensive coaching staff. Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach, Elliott Wratten, and Wide Receivers Coach, Jason Phillips, have helped revolutionize the RPO game by developing their own system. Today, they talk about adding the choice concept to your RPO game.
1:09 Where the Choice concept fits in the Alcorn Offense
3:51 What the deep choice looks like
9:11 What the backside does and you how work the full field
11:56 Installing the choice concept
15:15 Putting keys on the field during practice
16:41 What the backs do in the scheme
18:20 Running this as opposed to 4 verts
20:15 Protection responsibilities
25:52 QB escape routes
27:50 Different adjustments when you go 3x1 and 2x1
30:55 Using RPO’s in the same formations as the choice concepts
33:55 Attacking hashes
37:57 Inside Choice
40:57 What adjustments they make to go to inside choice
45:35 Importance of understanding the next phase of your attack
Coaching that Builds Relationships (Part 2)- Bob Wylie, Offensive Line Coach, NFL/CFL
On today’s episode of the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Host Keith Grabowski welcomes legendary Offensive Line Coach Bob Wylie to the show. Coach Wylie has coached at all levels of football starting all the way down at the Pop Warner Level. He got his college coaching career started as the Oline Coach at Brown in 1980. Since then he has had stops at multiple Division 1 college programs as well as stops with the Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets. Currently, Wylie is coaching the offensive line for the Ottawa Redblacks. This is the second episode of a 2 part conversation with Coach Wylie. During this episode he goes into great detail about his coaching style and how he builds relationships with his players.
1:27 When did Coach learn to speak up as a young coach and how he cares about his players
11:36 Putting in 2 different game plans
15:18 How Coach Wylie teaches the game
22:42 How the COOL Clinic Started
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Coaching that Builds Relationships (Part 1)- Bob Wylie, Offensive Line Coach, NFL/CFL
On today’s episode of the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Host Keith Grabowski welcomes legendary Offensive Line Coach Bob Wylie to the show. Coach Wylie has coached at all levels of football starting all the way down at the Pop Warner level. He got his college coaching career started as the Offensive Line Coach at Brown in 1980. Since then he has had stops at multiple Division 1 college programs as well as stints with the Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets. Currently, Wylie is coaching the offensive line for the Ottawa Redblacks. This is the first episode of a 2 part conversation with Coach Wylie. During this episode he goes into great detail about his coaching background, philosophy and what he learned along the way.
0:33 How much Coach Wylie enjoys what he does
3:28 Why football appealed to Coach
8:00 How Coach went from a Pop Warner Coach to an NFL Coach
22:30 How not being afraid to fail guided his coaching style
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Coaching Cues in the Class Room, On the Field and In Game- Matt Drinkall, TE's Coach Army
The Coach and Coordinator podcasts welcome back a longtime guest today as Matt Drinkall, TE’s Coach at Army, joins the podcast. Drinkall has been at Army since 2019 and prior to that was the Head Coach at Kansas-Wesleyan for five years. Drinkall joined Host Keith Grabowski today to talk about his plan for teaches his players in the classroom, on the practice field and in game.
2:12 Structuring how you coach
6:10 Making assignments as simple as possible
10:45 Communicating in the classroom
13:00 Developing his TE room
15:48 Differentiating the classroom and the practice field
17:38 Getting your personality across in your coaching
18:26 New innovations and methods that Drinkall is using in the classroom
20:35 Most critical things that need to get accomplished on the practice field
23:50 What to do when a player isn’t understanding buzzwords
26:17 Creating Acute and Applicable buzzwords
29:20 In game Coaching Cues
33:40 Advice to Coaches who are getting flooded with information this offseason
Offense R&D - The Tight End
We continue our Research and Development series with a focus on the tight end position.
Skill utilization and skill development are the two main functions of coaching. Our research and development series has put a focus on these components because the proper placement of personnel and a focus on the improvement of each player on your team provides huge benefits in building a positive culture. Today’s installment focuses on the tight end position.
The Evolution of the Modern Tight End
The tight end position has undergone a revolution from the more athletic tackle who wore a numbers in the 80’s and provided an extra gap and blocker in the run game to disappearing from many high school and college offenses in a 10 personnel era to coming back as one of the most dynamic hybrid positions on the field.