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.
Brotherhood in Coaching (Part 1)- Bob Wylie, Offensive Line Coach, Ottawa Redblacks
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
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.
Up-Tempo Offensive Line Install with Cody Kennedy, Tight Ends Coach Arkansas
On today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast, host Keith Grabowski is joined by Cody Kennedy, newly minted Tight Ends Coach at Arkansas. Kennedy is in his first year with the Razorbacks with prior stops at Tulane, Georgia, West Georgia, North Carolina-Pembroke and West Alabama. In 2018, as an offensive line GA at Georgia, he helped the Bulldogs earn a finalist for the Joe Moore Award, which is given out to the best offensive line in the country. Kennedy joined the podcast today to talk about offensive line installation and how to coach a line in an up-tempo offense.
*When this podcast was recorded Coach Kennedy was the Offensive Line Coach at Tulane
1:45 Coach’s journey
7:13 What the first meeting is like during camp and install
13:56 Coaching the culture of the offensive line
18:16 Training offensive line for tempo
26:59 Communication during walkthroughs
23:26 Finding extra time to work through practice and building fundamentals
29:10 Managing workloads during camp
30:58 Evaluating reps during camp
34:30 Winning edge
35:06 Connect with Coach
Defensive Install and Camp Adjustments w/ David Elson, DC, Marian University
On today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast, host Keith Grabowski talks with Marian University defensive coordinator David Elson for the first edition of our “Training Camp” series. Prior to Marian, Elson served as the Ball State defense coordinator from 2017-19 and has had other stints as defensive coordinator at Western Illinois, Southern Illinois and New Mexico State. Elson joins the podcast today to talk about how he installs his defense during camp as well as adjustments he may need to make during those dogdays of August.
*During the recording of this podcast, Coach was the Defensive Coordinator at Ball State
2:40 Coach’s Journey
6:22 Teaching his defense while having to adjust and add new players/parts
12:09 Making adjustments during camp based on what you see as a coach
19:19 Ideal time to install base defense in camp
24:16 Distribution of reps during camp
28:23 Making sure the staff stays sharp during camp
30:59 Balancing camp and family life
34:27 The Cardinal Way and recognizing it during camp
40:16 Blending and evaluating guys who buy into culture and communicating with players
46:42 Winning edge
Learn Defense: https://coachtube.com/courses/football/team-defense
QB Installation with Will Hall, Head Coach, Southern Miss
On today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast, we continue our “Training Camp” series with guest Will Hall, Head Coach at Southern Miss. Hall is in his first season at Southern Miss and had prior stops at Tulane, Memphis, Louisiana-Lafayette, West Georgia,West Alabama and Arkansas-Monticello. At West Georgia, he was twice named Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year and was the Super Region 2 Coach of the Year as well. Hall rebuilt the struggling West Georgia program into a powerhouse who spent 17 consecutive weeks nationally ranked and earned the program’s first No. 1 national ranking. Hall joins host Keith Grabowski on the podcast today to talk about the camp installation process for quarterbacks.
*When this podcast was recorded, Coach Hall was the Offensive Coordinator at Tulane*
2:19 Coach’s journey
5:15 First thing coach installs for a QB
9:52 Recognizing “cloud or bail”
12:12 Installation process early in camp
15:26 Categories for install with QBs
19:19 Moving your head and processing
20:21 “Pick a side”22:14 Eyes and feet
23:51 RAS in-to-out
25:42 RAM read
29:32 Levels read
33:23 Tempo drops
36:44 Tips for practicing and playing with very fast tempo
40:17 Utilizing personnel groupings
43:19 Winning edge
44:32 Connect with Coach
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