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USA Football's 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.

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USA Football's 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.

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By CoachStauffer - Jan 03 2020
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One of the best football pods, if not the best. Always take a lot of notes. Great content. Appreciate the work you do.

Always great info

By @jerrygordonfb - Jun 22 2019
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Great podcast Especially liking the deep dive on defense episodes

iTunes Ratings

256 Ratings
Average Ratings
228
11
6
4
7

Mike

By CoachStauffer - Jan 03 2020
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One of the best football pods, if not the best. Always take a lot of notes. Great content. Appreciate the work you do.

Always great info

By @jerrygordonfb - Jun 22 2019
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Great podcast Especially liking the deep dive on defense episodes
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USA Football Coach and Coordinator Podcast

Latest release on Jan 17, 2020

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Weekly Highlights Coach and Coordinator 1/17/20

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This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football’s Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight tidbits of what each episode from this week’s lineup featured. Tune in and hear various guests offer their football expertise and analysis.

Highlights from this week on the Coach and Coordinator Podcast:
- Dan Hatman: Scouting Academy
- All In On Offense- Steve Rapp, Wise High School (Md.)
- The Home Team- Brad Dixon, Camp Point Central High School (Ill.)
- Kenny Simpson- Find A Way: What I Wish I Knew When I Became A Head Football Coach
- Deep Dive on Defense- Jeff Dittman: Defensive Coordinator at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks, and tackling at footballdevelopment.com. Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Checkout X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com

Jan 17 2020

15mins

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Deep Dive On Defense- Jeff Dittman: Defensive Coordinator at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (N.Y.)

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On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, your host Keith Grabowski continues our Deep Dive on Defense series with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's defensive coordinator Jeff Dittman. Hear how Coach Dittman helps instruct, disguise, and execute multiple formations and looks in his defensive scheme at RPI.

0:20 Intro
0:46 Coach Dittman’s background
2:40 RPI’s defensive scheme
4:27 Multiple but simple scheme
7:56 Base defense
11:21 Structure on defense
15:00 Technique from drills to gameday
20:25 Assessing drills
22:45 Stopping the run
25:59 Techniques in maintaining gaps
29:56 Defensive walkthrough in practice
31:40 Adjusting to new offensive attacks
35:25 Communicating new concepts to players
38:45 Keys to defending against play-action
41:29 Getting pressure with fewer people
43:23 Helping linebackers recover off play-action
46:43 Eye discipline
49:16 Defending down-field screens
52:50 Facing challenging offensive play-calls
55:38 Having multiple checks on defense
59:13 The winning edge
1:01:17 Closing

You can follow Coach Dittman on Twitter @CoachJDittman58 or you can email him at dittmj@rpi.edu.

Jan 17 2020

1hr 2mins

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Kenny Simpson- Find A Way: What I Wish I Knew When I Became A Head Football Coach

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On this edition of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, your host Keith Grabowski invites Southside High School (Ark) head football coach Kenny Simpson onto the show. Coach Simpson has run numerous football programs during his career, and he compiled all of the guidance that he garnered over his career in his new book “Find A Way: What I Wish I Knew When I Became A Head Football Coach.” This is great opportunity for head coaches learning how to lead their own programs for the first time to hear from the experiences of a veteran coach.

0:20 Intro
1:38 Coach Simpson’s background
3:52 Love for the game
5:07 Book overview
7:55 Establishing relationships
12:13 You got the job: Now what?
14:44 Sharing your vision
16:42 Growing your program
20:15 The three D’s
23:17 Building a great weight lifting program
27:27 Assembling your staff
30:35 X’s and O’s vs. Talent
32:40 Making mistakes
34:26 The winning edge
36:09 How to get “Find A Way”
36:36 Closing

For a digital copy of Coach Simpson’s book, visit www.eightlaces.org

Or purchase a hard copy on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Find-Way-Known-Became-Football/dp/1701924188/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2PJRZCFOKZIKS&keywords=find+a+way+kenny+simpson&qid=1579107670&sprefix=find+a+way%2Caps%2C286&sr=8-1

You can follow Coach Simpson on Twitter @FBCoachSimpson

Link to the “Game Plan for Your Next Job” Series:
- https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/sets/game-plan-for-your-next-job

Jan 16 2020

37mins

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The Home Team- Brad Dixon, Camp Point Central High School (ILL.)

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On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, former University of Wisconsin tight end and Brookefield Central High School (Wis.) head coach Joel Nellis hosts one of our featured series: “The Home Team Podcast.” Our guest for this edition of the Home Team Podcast is Camp Point Central High School (ILL.) head football coach Brad Dixon. In addition to leading the football program, Coach Dixon also presides as the head boys track coach, strength and conditioning coordinator, and as a physical education teacher. Hear how Coach Dixon’s family help him balance his life both at home and on the field.

0:20 Joel Nellis intro
1:47 Guest speaker Brad Dixon intro
3:29 Meeting Mrs. Dixon
5:55 Coach Dixon’s children
8:41 Impact of coaching on the family
11:12 Job opportunity traps
13:54 Discipline with the kids
16:02 Feed the cats
23:50 Preparation vs. over-preparation
30:39 Regrets about resting?
36:59 Prioritizing family
41:35 Impact of philosophy on players
44:39 Could philosophy make it to collegiate level?
48:23 Coach Dixon’s legacy
52:38 Closing

You can email Coach Dixon here: @bdixon@cusd3.com
Follow Coach Dixon on Twitter as well @CoachBDixon

Jan 15 2020

54mins

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All In On Offense- Steve Rapp, Wise High School (MD)

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On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, we continue our “All In On Offense” series. Tune in as your host Keith Grabowski interviews Wise High School’s assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, Steve Rapp. A four-time state champion, Coach Rapp delves into the intricacies and trends off offenses at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels.

0:20 Intro
1:13 Coach Rapp’s background
2:24 Learning the game
7:56 Pillars of Coach Rapp’s offense
9:30 Establishing next season’s offense
14:41 21 Personnel
17:34 Trends: Getting bigger on offense
21:04 Versatility on offense
27:55 Oklahoma’s offense
28:38 Operating from under center
32:28 Jet-Sweeps
39:10 Placing the fullback
41:34 Philosophy on formations
44:07 Terminology
46:03 Power running game
50:38 Power RPOs
54:26 Implementing Mesh concepts
57:45 Weekly game plans
1:03:32 Vertical shots
1:08:52 Multiple tempos
1:13:36 The winning edge
1:15:41 Closing
You can follow Steve Rapp on twitter @coachrapp_O.

Jan 14 2020

1hr 16mins

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Dan Hatman- Scouting Academy

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On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, your host Keith Grabowski invites Dan Hatman, the director of the Scouting Academy, onto the show. A former NFL scout for the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Giants, and the New York Jets, Dan Hatman has a vast amount of experience to share with his students. With 36 alumni currently working in the NFL and 115 alumni also operating in college football, Dan Hartman’s Scouting Academy gives its students the tools to help achieve their dream job in the football landscape by intertwining the skillsets of both scouts and coaches.

0:19 Intro
1:54 Scouting Academy background
4:56 Making yourself more marketable
12:07 Word of mouth
12:57 Research into the job search
15:05 Having a game plan
16:00 What is a successful candidate
21:47 Implementing analytics
28:07 Student Development
30:08 Scouting Academy network
31:39 Curriculum at the Scouting Academy
34:37 Scouting Academy alumni
35:43 Taking the course
36:43 Closing

For all inquiries about the Scouting Academy you can visit scoutingacademy.com or email Dan Hatman at director@scoutingacademy.com

Jan 13 2020

38mins

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Weekly Highlights Coach and Coordinator 1/10/20

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This is the weekly breakdown of USA Football’s Coach and Coordinator Podcast Series by Keith Grabowski. These short clips highlight snippets of what the episodes from the week feature and the different guests on the show.

Highlights from this week on Coach and Coordinator:
- Best of NFL Coaches and Players Part 2
- Best of the Leadership Journey Season 3 with Brian Knight
- PJ Fleck, University of Minnesota- Creating an Elite Culture
- Deep Dive on Defense- Jason Makrinos, University of Findlay
- All In On Offense- Linfield College Co-Offensive Coordinators Aaron Boehme & Brett Elliott
Check out our systems for skill development in blocking, defeating blocks, and tackling at footballdevelopment.com. Follow us daily on Twitter for content and interaction @FBDevCoach Checkout X's and O's analysis at USA Football Blogs blogs.usafootball.com

Jan 11 2020

15mins

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All In On Offense- Linfield College Co-Offensive Coordinators Aaron Boehme and Brett Elliott

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To start off our new “All In On Offense” series, your host Keith Grabowski invited Linfield College’s co-offensive coordinators Aaron Boehme and Brett Elliott onto the Coach and Coordinator podcast. Listen in as Boehme and Elliott assess what factors and decisions played a part in helping make Linfield College the nation leader in passing yards during the 2019 season. Both coordinators also discuss their own chemistry as co-offensive coordinators and various concepts in the passing game.

0:20 Intro
1:20 Boehme and Elliott’s Background
4:01 International Football Experience
4:50 Coach Elliott’s professional football career
6:19 Lessons from Arena Football
6:49 Basics of a Skip Release
7:26 Boehme & Elliott Coaching Dynamic
9:40 Developing a Culture on Offense
12:10 Categorizing Linfield’s Offense
13:28 Concepts in the Passing Game
14:21 What made the Offense Successful?
18:04 The Syrup Route
20:49 Creating Consistent Reads
23:51 Operating Under Center
24:52 Variations Of Naked Boot-Leg
29:17 Linfield’s 2019 Passing Success
31:43 Protection Scheme
32:36 Opponent’s Trends
35:30 In-Game Adjustments
39:03 Tempo
42:19 Coexisting as Co-Coordinators
46:26 Practice Structures
48:50 How To Improve Passing Game
50:46 Off-Season Homework
52:50 The Winning Edge
55:21 Conclusion

Air Raid Analytics and Virtual Reality with AJ Smith: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/air-raid-analytics-and-virtual-reality

Jan 10 2020

56mins

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Deep Dive on Defense- Jason Makrinos, University of Findlay

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On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, your host Keith Grabowski begins the first part of the Deep Dive on Defense series and welcomes University of Findlay’s defensive coordinator Jason Makrinos onto the show. Throughout the episode Makrinos breaks down various defensive schemes, coaching reinforcement tactics, and he also illustrates the art of creating takeaways on defense.

0:20 Intro
1:10 Jason Makrinos background
4:00 Makrinos’ defensive scheme
6:53 Installing various looks on defense
10:03 Matchup based game plans
11:56 Creating Takeaways
16:30 Signage
17:51 Ball on the Wall
24:10 Ball Period during practice
28:54 Matching the Hand
30:30 Fumble Recovery
33:36 Quarter-Quarter-Half Coverage
38:54 Attacking Quarter-Quarter-Half
42:50 Pin and Pull
44:36 Defending Empty RPO
47:53 Dictating the Offense
51:32 Eighth Man in run fits
53:15 Closing

Jan 09 2020

54mins

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PJ Fleck, University of Minnesota- Creating an Elite Culture

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University of Minnesota head football coach PJ Fleck introduces his seminar on culture at the 2019 USA Football National Conference in Orlando. In his address, Coach Fleck highlights the importance of "People, Purpose, and Process." Through these pillars, Coach Fleck then gives insight into how to properly create a culture for your own program.

Jan 08 2020

1hr 4mins

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