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.
Deep Dive on Defense, Team Tackling- Vince Digaetano, Defensive QC at Fordham
On today’s podcast, we fire up the defensive side of the ball with our first installment of our Deep Dive on Defense series. To get us started, we welcome back a friend of the podcast, Vince DiGaetano, Defensive QC at Fordham University. Coach Dig has extensive tackling knowledge from his years coaching the defensive side of the football. He has come up with multiple systems for analyzing and tracking tackling data that have helped his teams succeed in numerous different ways. Dig joins the podcast today to talk about the 3 C’s of Tackling.
2:08 Idea behind Coach Dig’s Tackle Studies
7:50 The 3 C’s of tackling according to
11:10 Point of Contact
17:11 Strike Zone
28:30 Creating value to asses points of contact
34:47 Translating these values into gameplans
44:52 Working different skills on air and building towards being able to get better values
47:35 Determining what a good final value depending on which level you are at
Importance of the Basics (Part 2)- Mike Cummings, Offensive Line Coach, Central Michigan
On today’s podcast, host Keith Grabowski is joined by Mike Cummings, Offensive Line Coach at Central Michigan. Cummings is entering his fourth season in his current position having come over from VMI. Coach has a variety of experience which includes additional stops at Marshall, Connecticut, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan, to name a few. Coach Cummings joins the podcast today for Part 2 of his talk about the Importance of Basics.
2:22 How the basics come into play on an everyday level
11:20 Post snap decisions
14:50 Coaching up the 1 on 1’s
22:38 Winning Edge
Importance of the Basics- Mike Cummings, Offensive Line Coach, Central Michigan
On today’s podcast, host Keith Grabowski is joined by Mike Cummings, Offensive Line Coach at Central Michigan. Cummings is entering his fourth season in his current position having come over from VMI. Coach has a variety of experience which includes additional stops at Marshall, Connecticut, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan, to name a few. Coach Cummings joins the podcast today for Part 1 of his talk about the Importance of Basics.
1:40 Coach’s Journey
2:56 Takeaways that have helped shape coach
9:20 Understanding what motivates any given player
15:54 Process of building the offensive line
23:51 Helping players solve problems
All In On Offense- Short Yardage/Goal Line Heavy Sets- Sanders Davis, Rice
On today’s podcast, we ramp back up our All In On Offense series as host Keith Grabowski is joined by Rice Offensive Line Coach, Sanders Davis. Coach took over the Rice offensive line in 2020, having previously spent time on staff as a GA. Prior to his time at Rice, Davis spent 5 years at Catholic High School, where he served as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach. Davis joins the podcast to talk about his heavy goalline sets and how they fit in today’s spread world.
2:22 What his goal line package looks like on a base level
4:28 Why his team likes to use these unique sets
7:42 Accounting for how teams will defend these heavy sets in the world of spread offenses
11:07 When do you install this and how do to make it easy for the QB
12:33 How many concepts they run out of these heavy sets and how they use them from game to game
14:10 When they put these plays in during the week and practicing them
16:30 How they deal with practicing the physical nature of these plays
17:55 How they adjust their stance and splits for heavy concepts
22:07 Coaching cues for getting the younger linemen up to speed
24:12 Targets for lineman's hands
31:10 What techniques the defense use to stop them and how to counter
34:04 Coaching the puller
38:50 Teaching the combos
41:48 Mindset and physical traits for the runningbacks
46:00 How they protect the flanks
48:28 Approach to running pass plays out of these formations
52:01 Getting creative with personnel
Developing A Passing Attack for a Young QB- John Tomlinson, Running Backs Coach, Brevard College
On today’s podcast, Host Keith Grabowski is joined by John Tomlinson, Running Backs Coach and Director of Player Development at Brevard College. Coach Tomlinson has over 20 years of coaching experience at all different levels of football. Tomlinson had multiple stops in the NFL including with the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and Las Vegas Raiders. Additionally, Coach Tomlinson has written a book titled 4th & Inches: A Football Coach’s Season Devotional and has multiple courses available on Coach Tube. He joins the podcast today to talk about how he asses young quarterbacks, shapes his offense around them along with multiple other things.
2:23 Assessing a young quarterback
6:54 Importance of showing players that you put in the work
11:03 How the detail of the NFL helped him prepare at lower levels
14:47 What methods Coach takes in learning how his players learn
20:06 Tailoring concepts to fit players identities
28:52 Understanding the why to everything as a young QB
34:10 Screen Pass Options
38:55 Resources Coach has put together
45:10 Winning Edge
Cool Clinic Preview - Joe Thomas And Bob Wylie
Today's podcast is a sneak preview of the upcoming C.O.O.L. Clinic - the premier clinic for offensive line coaches. In this segment from Joe Thomas's Q&A with Bob Wylie, Joe Thomas answers questions from Bob Wylie:
-You’ve seen a number of young OL come and go throughout your time, what attributes do you see in young players that make you realize they have a chance to be successful in the league?
-What are separates the great coaches from the others?
-What’s the best advice you’ve been given & what advice do you give to younger players?
-What ways to you have to help the OT’s in loud stadiums and on silent counts?
-What silent count operations did you feel worked the best?
-What was your weekly game prep like for film evaluation?
-How did you prepare and what was your mindset when facing elite pass rushers?
-What do you think is the most important aspect of pass protection?
This is just 25 minutes of the nearly 2 hours he did for the clinic.
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