[PODCAST] Oklahoma offensive coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh talks blocking technique, USA Football Contact System

By Matt Reed | Posted 6/15/2018

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Today’s guest on the USA Football Coach and Coordinator podcast is Bill Bedenbaugh, co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of Oklahoma. Bedenbaugh is in his fifth year at Oklahoma working with the offensive line. Under his direction, several offensive linemen have had successful college careers that turned into NFL careers, including Daryl Williams of the Carolina Panthers and Orlando Brown, who the Baltimore Ravens drafted this year. Brown was also an All-American during his time with Bedenbaugh at Oklahoma.

Before coming to Oklahoma, Bedenbaugh had several stops across college football. He was the offensive line coach at West Virginia for two seasons, worked in the same position as an offensive coordinator at Arizona for four seasons, and spent time at Texas Tech coaching the offensive line and running backs. Prior to that, Bedenbaugh worked as an offensive line coach at NCAA Division II school Ferris State (Michigan), two years at Central Michigan as a graduate assistant and a year at Valdosta State (Georgia) coaching the offensive line. At Ferris State, Bedenbaugh was named the D-II Coordinator of the Year in 1999. After graduating and playing four years at Iowa Wesleyan, Bedenbaugh began coaching as an offensive line coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State.

In today’s podcast, Bedenbaugh and host Keith Grabowski talk about teaching blocking technique, developing younger players, and Bedenbaugh’s experience with Scott Peters and the USA Football Contact System.

Show Notes

  • 0:46     Coaching solid players to success
  • 2:08     Sticking with fundamentals in different offenses
  • 4:16      Changes in technique to promote safety
  • 5:52      Preparing to play against elite athletes 
  • 7:42     Adjusting practice to different kinds of players
  • 9:00     Developing players with limited practice time
  • 10:39   Working on blocking technique in-season
  • 11:29    Evaluating players throughout the season
  • 12:46   Making adjustments to make players better
  • 14:36   Building a bond with the players you coach
  • 16:27   Expectations for the season
  • 18:25   Improving movement skills through strength and conditioning
  • 20:26   Working on the skills of contact with the time given
  • 22:08   Upperclassmen helping develop younger players
  • 23:42   Advice to moving up in the coaching world
  • 26:07   Keys to solid recruiting
  • 28:35   Leading blocking technique with the hands
  • 29:44   The Winning Edge


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