Friday, December 31, 2010

Tom Landry and Autobiography - Football Dallas Cowboys

I just finished Tom Landry: An Autobiography and it was excellent.  I must admit I have always been a Dallas Cowboys fan since growing up in Texas and from the Dallas / Fort Worth area as a young child.  I also coach youth football and I love this book.  I am definitely a Landry guy!

..."if you want a football team to improve, you need to identify the areas in which you aren't as good and practice those."  Tom Landry

After finishing the Paterno autobiography last week, this autobiography is a little different in that its less about coaching and more about Coach's life but a more enjoyable read, probably for a Cowboy fan. I highly recommend Tom Landry: An Autobiography.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Paterno by the Book by Joe Paterno & Bernard Asbell

Just finished Paterno: By The Book, Joe Paterno;s autobiography written in 1989.  I read a biography of Vince Lombardi last month which I enjoyed, The Official Vince Lombardi Playbook.  So I decided to read about a few more great football coaches.  After watching the Joe Paterno Linebacker video,Successful Coaching American Football: Linebackers, I ordered the Paterno Autobiography from Amazon used reseller.

The book is an easy read about Paterno's life and football career.  He has a ton of good information for coaches and fans.  I was interested in all the coaching information.  I especially liked ...the first source of football success is defense, the second is kicking, and the third is offense.  A great offense in my experience has to obey one principle above all others; Don't lose the ball in a turnover.  Hang onto the football!

I highly recommend this book by Coach Paterno, Paterno by the Book.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Gentleman This is Football Book

Gentlemen, This Is a Football: Football's Best Quotes and Quips is a great little bathroom book and or gift for your football fan.  This has some great one liners from some of the best football players and football coaches to use on your youth football team and parents.  Or just increase your football wisdom.

When you win say nothing. When you lose say less.  Paul Brown, Cleveland Browns Coach.

A good coach needs a patient wife, a loyal dog and a great quarterback, but not necessarily in that order.  Minnesota Vikings Coach Bud Grant.

I highly recommend Gentlemen, This Is a Football: Football's Best Quotes and Quips for any football lover.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Joe Paterno DVD Linebackers- Defense football video

I watched Successful Coaching Football Instructional Joe Paterno: Linebackers DVD and its was great.  The Linebacker video should be called Jerry Sandusky Linebackers because Coach Sandusky conducts the training on the video.  But do not let this fool you, this is one of the best coaching videos I've watched, especially on defensive linebacker drills.

I rented the football video from Netflix and after watching the DVD put it on my 2010 Christmas wish list.  I would like to get the whole DVD set.  I have watch most of the DVDs and all are pretty good.  The running back and o-line DVDs are really good too; Successful Coaching American Football: Offensive Line and Frank Solich: Running Backs Successful Football Coaching.

I highly recommend the Successful Coaching American Football: Linebackers DVD.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh Football Book

A few months back, I read The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh the great football coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 1979-1989 and the innovator of the West Coast offense. This a must read book for any football coach but also any business professional.

A major theme throughout the book is setting a standard of performance excellence and coaching / managing and teaching and then holding people accountable to the performance standard.  I love "Winners act like winner before they are winners."

After reading the book The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership, I do not consider myself a control freak anymore.  Walsh would even set a standard of performance for his office staff including the receptionist answering the phone.  His expectations of excellence included everyone within in the organization on or off the field of play.  As a leader you are only as good as your weakest link.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fritz Shurmur - Eagle Five-Linebacker Defense Football Book

I just started reading Frtitz Shurmer's The Eagle Five-Linebacker Defense.  This is a must have book simply for the description of outside linebacker / defensive end play.  The play of the outside linebacker "starts with a good take off, or explosion, across the line of scrimmage on the snap." They must "sprint across the line of scrimmage and reacting on the run rather than sitting on the line of scrimmage reading."

Too many time the DE or OLB sit and wait and there is no pass rush or the running back has already gotten a head of steam and its over for contain.  

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Youth Football Skill and Drills by Tom Bass

Tom Bass in his book Youth Football Skills & Drills: A New Coach's Guide says one youth football coach to 6 pee wee football players an ideal ratio of coaches.  I must agree with Coach Bass.  To really teach the youth football player you need multiple drill stations to keep the young little league football players interested.  I like running three drill stations with two coaches each. Ive been happy when I've had 4 to 5 assistant coaches that know football and are not "daddy coaches."

Coach Bass' Youth Football Skills & Drills: A New Coach's Guide is a great addition to your youth football coaching library.  It's an easy read and a simple guide to the beginner youth football coach.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Complete Guide to Special Teams by Frank Beamer

Another great addition to your youth football coaching library is Frank Beamers Complete Guide to Special Teams (American Football Coaches Ass).  This is a great book on special teams.  My copy is worn, highlighted and notes in different colors along the page edges.

I spend a good amount of time on Special Teams in practice, because Special Teams is an easy way to gain an edge in youth football .  Even Coach Vince Lombardi knew that an error on Special Teams was usually the difference in close games.

I highly recommend this book, Complete Guide to Special Teams (American Football Coaches Ass).  Remember to play for fun and winning is funner.  EMJ69USHHT46

Complete Guide to Installing 44 Split Defense by Joe Roman

One of the many defensive books in my youth football coaching library is Complete Guide to Installing the 44 Split Defense (Art & Science of Coaching)  I am not big on the 44 defense but this book has some very good general defensive coaching information, coverage explanations, communication, linebacker play and a pretty good chapter on the kicking game from a defensive perspective.

I recommend this book.  Its not a favorite of mine but a good addition to any coaching library.

Remember, Play for Fun and Winning is Funner.  Coach Parker, Keller TX

Vince Lombardi On Football

Yesterday, I  received my copy of Vince Lombardi on Football and read the first 25 pages this morning.  Absolutely amazing.  Coach Lombardi goes into great detail about the Green Bay Packer Sweep by position.  I can hear him speaking to me through the pages.  Can't wait to read more.
Here's a video so you can hear Coach.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Block to the Pile

I like John Gruden's coaching point to offensive lineman. I tell my guys the same thing.

Offensive lineman should block to the tackling pile and block / peel tacklers from piling on the your running back. Don't watch the defense pile on your teammate. Help your brother out.

Have Fun and Winning is Funner.

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Complete Book of Drills for Winning Football Book by Koehler

One of my top books I use to help organize my youth football practices is the Complete Book of Drills for Winning Football by Micheal D. Koehler.  It has over 350 football drills in offense, defense and special teams; agility, quarterback, running back, receiver, offensive lineman, d-lineman, linebacker, tackling, defensive backs, and team drills.

It has great diagrams of the drills, with coaching points, purpose and detailed explanations of the football drills.  I highly recommend Complete Book of Drills for Winning Football.

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Single Wing Offense DVD Youth Football Dave Cisar

I am a fan of the Single Wing Offense.  I like to run the Single Wing and Beast formations on short yardage situations in a multi formation offensive scheme.  A couple of years ago, Coach Cisar ask me to review his book and a few of his videos on my blog at Coach Cisar's books and videos are great for the youth football coach.

Even if you do not use the Single Wing, the information is Coach Cisar's books and videos will be useful to you in coaching your youth football team and players.  Coach Cisar's media is highly recommended.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Helmet Safety article NYT

NORMAN, Okla. — Moments after her son finished practicing with his fifth-grade tackle football team, Beth Sparks examined his scuffed and battered helmet for what she admitted was the first time. She looked at the polycarbonate shell and felt the foam inside before noticing a small emblem on the back that read, “MEETS NOCSAE STANDARD.”

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Play Football the NFL Way by Tom Bass

Here's another book that I bought back in the 1990's when I first started coaching youth football for Plano Sports Authority just North of Dallas Texas.  My copy of this book is worn out.  A ton of good pics and Bass is a great author. You can probably find a good used copy for a bargain.

The book outlines the main position areas in football, like QB, RB, LB, etc and explains their techniques in detail and describes practice drills.  You can hit the Amazon link on the left and search inside the book for more details.

I hope you enjoy the book!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Playing Outside Linebacker or Defensive End

Fritz Shurmur's description of how to play the outside linebacker or defensive end whichever you call it, maybe the best I have read yet.  I just got his book today The Eagle Five-Linebacker Defense, and was thumbing through it and came across his outside linebacker description.  Unbelievable!  I can't wait to read more, but need to finish the Lombardi book first.  I must be ADD.  I've got 15 defensive football books on the coffee table.  


Football Coach's Survival Guide Coaching Book

I bought the Football Coach's Survival Guide back in 1992 when I first starting coaching.  You can pick up a used copy pretty cheap.  Its not the greatest book but it does have some good information in it for football coaches.  It a guide for High School coaches and has good practical applications for youth coaches.  I am partial to this book since it was one of the first books in my football coaching library.  I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Coaching Youth Football by Coach Reed

If you are a youth football coach or thinking about coaching a team, you must purchase Coach John T Reeds Coaching Youth Football book.  This is a must have book for your youth football coaching library.  Coach Reed is a little gruff and gritty, but his common sense no-nonsense approach is great.  I personally loved this book, and I know some do not like him.  If you are old school and or a very disciplined focused individual, you will love Coach Reeds books.  I highly recommend this book to youth football coaches.

Coaching Football's 46 Defense book by Ryan and Walker

One of the defensive football books that I read this summer was Coaching Footballs 46 Defense by Rex Ryan and Jeff Walker.  This football coaching book is a must have for our coaching library.  I love Rex Ryan.  I watched him speak on one of the COOL clinic DVDs three years ago and recently on HBOs Hard Knocks with the New York Jets.  He is a coach I wish I would have had the opportunity to play for and would die for an internship opportunity with him and the Jets.  Ok, so let me dream.  :)

Buddy Ryan's 46 Defense gained exposure with the 1985 Championship Chicago Bears.  And because the defense is so widely identified with the Bears, it is sometimes known as the "Bear."  The Defense focuses on the run so its great for all football levels even youth football teams where the run is king.

I highly recommend this book.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Footballs secrets in The Official Lombardi Playbook

I am currently reading The Official Vince Lombardi Playbook by Phil Barber.  This is a great book about one of football's Hall of Fame coaches, that includes actual hand written plays and notes from Lombardi along with interviews from some of Lombardi's top players.

For youth football coaches, Lombardi emphasized perfection, drills and repetition.  One of the main points of success for Lombardi's Packer Sweep was the endless repetition; 30 minutes sweep time per practice and at least 30 reps weekly in practice on just the sweep play.  Lombardi focused on the sweep to set up other plays, like the off-tackle trap and full back cut back.  Remember youth football coaches, your play calling should not be random offensive plays but a series of plays to set up the next play, like a chess game.

Lombardi liked to keep things simple.  Lombardi once said "Football is two things.  Its blocking and tackling.  I don't care anything about formations or new offenses or tricks on defense.  You block and tackle better than the team you are playing, you win."

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Youth Football Defensive Football Drills - Great football drills book

I am the defensive coordinator this season for the Keller Raiders Select youth football club in Keller Texas, and I am reading a ton of defensive books this season.  Every month I buy one or two used football defensive books that are less than $10 on Amazon. I keep a few books by the TV, and when I get bored with a game like today's Cowboys game against the Vikings, I thumb through one of the books for some youth football coaching ideas.

One of the books that has been instrumental in my defensive practices, and one that I carry in my football backpack is AFCAs Defensive Football Drills by the American Football Coaches Association with a forward by Grant Teaff.  For just $5 you really need to give up a six pack or latte and get a great defensive football coaching book.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wilkinson's Football Winning Defense Book

I recently ordered about 10 defensive football books from, and one of my favorite football books of all time is becoming Football Winning Defense, 1994 Sports Illustrated published book by Bud Wilkinson,  a member of Football's Hall of Fame.  Coach Wilkinson coached the University of Oklahoma to 47 straight wins, an all time record.

The book is very well written and simple to understand.  Coach Wilkinson's no nonsense way of writing is what makes me love this book.  I must have highlighted 50% of this book.

I love this quote, "If your opponent does not score, you cannot lose.  The worst you can do is tie"

Friday, August 6, 2010

Gang Tackling but. ...

A coaching friend of mine wanted me to remind everyone that you must play your position responsibilities before the all out "gang tackle". You must watch the cut back. And he is right.
In my defensive scheme the linebackers and free safety are assigned cut back roles. So just because I use pack tackling or gang tackling phrases, many times the backside players may not be in the gang tackle. It will be a gang tackle of 6 or 7 not all 11. To me, that's still a good Wolf Pack tackling scheme because everyone played their responsibilities and we made the proverbial "gang tackle"
Play for Fun and Winning is Funner.
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Defensive Goals - youth football

So my 2010 defensive goals for my youth football team are:
1. Score on Defense
2. Limit offensive plays over 12 yards
3. Create turnovers
4. Control field position
5. Stop opponent on Short Yardage
6. Excellent field communications
7. No more than 7 points allowed a game
8. Hands are weapons use them
Play for Fun and Winning is Funner.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Test email post blogger - youth football coaching blog

Testing 123 coaching youth football tips @ coach parker keller texas.  This is a test of this youth football coaching websites email post feature.

Since you stopped by....

You must act like a winner before you can become a Winner.  The best football players are the smartest and the most physical, so work out your body and don't forget your mind.  Make good grades and become an honor roll athlete!

coach parker
keller texas

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Scouting in Youth Football

I am sure many of you have never scouted another youth football team in preparation for your game against them.  I can't tell you how important scouting is to your season's success.  After you scout your first opponent and find out the benefits, you will be hooked.  I don't scout every team in my league but I usually scout the top 4 or 5 teams.

I recently bought Steve Belichick's Football Scouting Methods and it was an eye opener.  I was scouting with my own system, but Belichick's book goes into great detail about the methods of college and professional coaches.  The book was written in 1962 but the vast majority of information is relevant to youth football coaches.

I highly recommend the book.

Coach Parker
Keller, TX

Youth Football Defenses

This season I am stepping into a Defensive Coordinator role again.  I missed defense last season and I am happy to be back.  I played linebacker most of my football career so Defense feels like home.  Since the two Keller youth football teams that I will be coaching this fall are under 14 years old, I will run a Defense that focusing on stopping the rushing game.  Passing at these age groups will be 20% or less, so stop the run!

There are several defenses I like for stopping the run and they are:
  1. wide Tackle 6
  2. 5-4 Oklahoma
  3. Gap 8
  4. Diamond

    I just bought the above book this week and its great.
    Directory of football defenses: Successful defenses and how to attack them Hardcover – 1969
    by Drew Tallman 

    It goes over many of these rushing type defenses.   Eben though the book is from 1969, it is a great book on these rushing defenses.

    I personally prefer the Wide Tackle 6 with a heavy load of blitzing.  For more on that visit my other blog at

    Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

    Coach Parker
    Keller, TX