Thursday, December 18, 2014


Unlike most people this time of year... I am NOT dreaming of visions of sugar plums. My visions involve Xs and Os. I am making plans for 2015, but I need your help!!

Do you have an idea for an article topic? post it on the facebook page


Don't forget about the Spread Offense Forum!!


FULL REVIEW of Coach Dan Gonzales ibook.


FULL REVIEW of Coach Rich Hargitt's ibook.


FULL REVIEW of coach Ted Seay's WILD BUNCH ebook

The Wild Bunch: A Conflict-Theoretical Approach to Offensive Football

Thinking about getting published? Contact Keith Grabowski!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

QBs 101

QUARTERBACKS…coaching what could the most difficult position, 


I am fortunate to be a high school coach that only coaches QBs. My QBs only play quarterback…unless we get a truly special player. Only coaching the QBs give them the advantage of working with me 24/7. We take time to work all the intangibles. 

As many of you know I am a firm believer in what Darin Slack and Dub Maddox are doing at THE QBA. I have been using their drills and R4 system for the past eight years. As an educator and a coach the language they use to communicate to QBs is ground breaking. Yes, I know there our other productive systems out there but the QBA fits us perfectly. 

How do I start with the QBs? First is mental. I am a former lineman so I keep my quarterbacks grounded. If any of them start feeling high and mighty and simply remind them by calling the DONNA (short for PRIMA DONNA) for the rest of the day. 

I tell the 3 Bs and the 1,2,3s and one life lesson. 


BE QUICK The longer you hold on to the ball the worse you become as a QB…this year I have reinvented this theme to “Hesitation is the WORST enemy of a Quarterback” 

BE SMART Make the proper read 

BE VOCAL Your cadence, your “huddle*” presence and your leadership 

1,2,3s I use a number system to tell the difference between the types of ball to throw. 





When you get married… You and your wife have separate bank accounts. You never agree about money!

I was able to contribute to XandOs Labs QB DRILLS

BECOME an INSIDER! It is the best value in football!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


I was able to attend parts of the Chicago and Grand Rapids clinic.

They are uploaded to my LOCKR account.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Coach Grabowski's second "book"

Just as my brain has recovered from last year's MIND BLOWER, I get word that Coach Grabowski has a new "book" near completion. Actually, a series is planned....So I look for the tin foil and prepare myself!

Finally I get an email from Coach Grabowski alerting me of the arrival and a short note...

"I apologize in advance for your head exploding."

So once again, the beauty of this "book" is it's portability. Yea, I know all books are portable but once again, this is more than a book.

Places I was able to "read" it

  • My office
  • On the exercise bike
  • During my son's soccer practice (take that futbol)
  • Starbucks
  • My truck
  • The Man Cave
  • Our living room 

As I start the book, my imagination wanders and I think...

How can Coach Grabowski



All it took was the first interactive to be impressed. This book is more than a MIND BLOWER, it is an EXPERIENCE!

In return for this experience, I plan to do something different. I am going to add some short video clips of the "book". I will point out that my speaking voice is made for blogging and not vlogging... 


Next, Coach Grabowski did step up the quote factor (sorry Coach Gonzales). Heraclitus, James Joyce, Albert Einstein, Knute Rockne, Aristotle, Jim Rohn to name a few....

My Favorite is from Albert Einstein...

"Out of the clutter, find simplicity"

The series is broken down into 4 parts. Parts 1-3 are available now and part 4 is coming soon.


Coach Grabowski starts with a guided self reflection. As this clinic season winds down, many coaches are trying to add the newest "play of the week". My head coach recently said "That is why I don't like to go to clinics...there are too many plays I see and want!" Smart football coaches attend clinics to see what is new and what could fit into their offensive scheme. As coach Grabowski explains...

"Many coaches adhere to the philosophy of 'revolution' instead of 'evolution'."

He goes on to say

"What I would actually like to convey in this series is a thought process for looking at offense. I don't' claim that we do it better than anyone else, but I do believe in building on a sound foundation, and in sharing how we do it. I hope to spur thinking that can help in evolving your offense, or choose to radically change your system, provide a process in which you can streamline your adaptation and reduce your learning curve by focusing on the right questions you should be thinking about."

1. Build or Evolve a System
2. Define the System
3. Build a Strong Foundation
4. A Starting Point: The Basics of the Stretch Play
5. Teaching & Coaching Methods: Implementing the Stretch
6. Offensive Line Fundamentals
7. Fullback Fundamentals
8. Tight End Fundamentals
9. Tailback Reads and Techniques
10. Quarterback Techniques for Stretch
11. Receiver Techniques
12. Putting it all Together
13. Application of Strategy: Stretch to the Split End Side

Yes! There is even a place to take digital notes!!!

I will admit I was disappointed to see all the I FORMATION "stuff". I just figured Coach Grabowski was being sympathetic to those two coaches down south, to remain nameless...

You are lucky I didn't post the shirtless picture!

When it comes down to the player chapters, every one is like a mini clinic.

Breakdown of blocking using screen shots!
Below are four pictures taken from the KEYNOTE blocking progression for the Line.

And here a few of my favorite plays

Friday, May 9, 2014



I can't believe it took THIS long but there is a TON of material from

Coach Andy Mitchell...Goalline Offense and more
THE Mike Emendorfer...Spread
Coach Blair Hubbard...Rocket Sweep

111 slides chuck full of football goodness


contact Coach Blair Hubbard

Email FasterthantheFly@rocketmail.com  Coach Blair Hubbard

I will tell you that each PowerPoint has over 150 slides. He also sells CLIP videos.

University Of Wisconsin-Platteville has EXCELLENT POWERPOINTS

Email munzr@uwplatt.edu Coach Ryan Munz


Sunday, May 4, 2014

How we come up with the game plan...The Basics by Terrence Banks

What plays do we want to run this week and how much to run is always a question that every coach has to answer on Sunday’s staff meeting.
While we are a spread team I think our basics can apply to any offense. I had the pleasure of hearing Noel Mazzone live and in color in Nashville two years ago for eight hours and he enhanced my knowledge of the spread game and changed/clarified my game planning.

After, of course, watching film, the first thing we do is have the coaches’ draw up the expected front we expect to receive vs. every formation we are thinking about running. Then, by formation, I allow my coaches to put up every play they want to run. The key is we are only going to have 28 regular plays in the game plan. I say 28 because we will keep four Red Zone Plays and three 3rd and five plays. We start with the 28, it may be 20, 45, 98 plays on the board we won’t carry more than 28 plays into the game. Twenty Eight is the max (we have run less several times). We also determine four Red Zone Plays and hopefully two of those are inside the 5. Also we come up with three 3rd and medium plays. Our game plan includes no more than 35 plays total. Because we are a No Huddle Spread team, we generally run a play three times in that week. There are other tidbits, I will share in a latter write-up, but this explains the basics of our game plan decision making each Sunday.

3 sample 3rd and 5 calls

  • Levels
  • Curl/Flat
  • Stick-Draw

Discuss how you game plan HERE

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New Helmet Technology-SG Helmet

I recently met a representative from Echelon Sports  SPORTS ARMOR who introduced me to the new SG Helmet.

I have to say, I was quite impressed with the feel of the helmet.   The helmet itself is made with a Kevlar shell and a patented polypropylene inside. The main thing that stood out for me was the how light the helmet was in my hand and how light it felt when I placed it upon my head.  I asked a couple of my players to check it out in the spring and I have been checking in with them from time to time.  

Their comments  about the helmet have been nothing short of amazing for me as a coach.

Players Comments:
"I don't even feel like I am wearing a helmet."
"I don't get a headache when I am wearing the SG helmet."
"I took a hit to the head and did not feel it like I might of with my other helmets."
"My peripheral vision in the SG helmet is awesome."    

Additionally, I purchased a SG helmet for a player who had a concussion with another helmet in the early part of spring.  When they returned from their concussion protocol, I put the helmet on the player and the player has not had any recurrence of head injuries since placing the SG helmet on their head.

Attached is a article from ESPN to peruse if you want more information about this style helmet.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Something different for Lent

Instead of giving UP something for the Lent, I decided to give on FACEBOOK. Here is the list.

Day 50: All good things must come to an end....
YOU must go and find the next one #make your own luck #pay it forward
Day 49: TALK more and TEXT less on this TUESDAY.

Day 48: Filth breeds Filth (#BNM quote) SO SWEEP the CORNERS

Day 47: The best ways to attain your goals are to write them down and tell people.

Day 46: Successful people never stop learning.

Day 45: Sometimes to be comfortable you have to make yourself do something uncomfortable...

Day 44: The road to success is always under construction.

Day 43: Hard work builds character and humility, as well as some calluses to remind you.

Day 42: Don't like your lane? YOU can always put on your blinker and CHANGE your LANE.

Day 41: Work SMARTER not HARDER Day 40: Be sleek not sloppy on this Sunday

Day 39: Get outdoors today!

Day 38: "Free your mind and the rest will follow"

Day 37: The pursuit of happiness should not include $ signs.

Day 36: Surge through your struggles

Day 35: Don't run from your problems...you may be running from the solution!

Day 34: If you are either UNWILLING or UNABLE... be ABLE, then WILL yourself to change!

Day 33: YOUR excuse is INVALID

Day 32: You gotta wanna #BNM quote

Day 31: Profanity is the lack of intelligence #BNM quote

Day 30: It's not healthy to have HATE in your heart

Day 29: Don't jump to conclusions; you might SPRAIN your BRAIN 

Day 28: PREPARE to Succeed and you will!

Day 27: Do #OneThing extraordinary for someone that is feels ordinary.

Day 26: Holding a grudge will give you a brain cramp... release it, let it go, and feel better

Day 25: You are never too old to act silly

Day 24: Negative Thoughts NEVER result in Positive Outcomes.

Day 23: Perfection is a process that requires sacrifice, dedication, and honesty.

Day 22: Want something? Step 1 MAKE a PLAN. Step 2 GO get IT!

Day 21: Make someone LAUGH today, it feels great and is calorie free!

Day 20: When you keep a warm heart, the weather forecast is always sunny.

Day 19: You need to truly SACRIFICE to reach your goals.

Day 18: Learn today by listening to someone.

Day 17: Focus Friday... finish one task before you start another.

Day 16: When you keep making ATTEMPTS, you will NEVER FAIL.

Day 15: Never complain that your feet hurt...

Day 14: Take on this Tuesday and tell someone how thankful you are for their friendship.

Day 13: Marvel on this Monday, don't make it moody.

Day 12: Trust yourself and you will be able to finish anything you start.

Day 11: Disconnect from tech and reconnect with a human.

Day 10: Talk to someone that you normally don't...You may be surprised and learn something!

Day 9: Hard Work doesn't go unnoticed; those who truly care (to you) appreciate you!

Day 8: "Be quick BUT not in a hurry" John Wooden

Day 7: You are AWESOME! Now go tell someone that needs it more than yourself...

Day 5: Why is so hard, for so many to realize, It is the WINNERS that work HARDER, work LONGER and as result PERFORM BETTER!

Day 4: To achieve anything in life, you must first believe in yourself!

DAY 3: Another one of my base LIFE ideals is The Fish Philosophy.

Day 2: Surround yourself with POSITIVE and HAPPY people
and in return you will be POSITIVE and HAPPY.

DAY 1 Positive: My favorite philosophy, ADJUST and PROCEED.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Some more TECH goodness!

I have discovered some more resources that I would like to share! Full reviews coming soon but here is a peak!

Lockr is a fairy new website that offers coaches a place to STORE and SHARE...

  • PLAYS 


Football Play Card is a SITE and APP combination that allows you to draw play cards and store (via cloud).

They are currently running 50% off subscription rates! 
Please use promo code DACOACHMO for referral purposes from this blog. THANKS!!! 


Both have piqued my techy interest!
MORE DETAILS coming soon!