For one of your football practice plans, try using this football drill. Shadowing the direction of a QB’s pivot helps defensive players read the quarterback better during pass plays.
What you need – You should field a back seven(8) (3 or 4 LB’s and 4 DB’s), and they should start out in their regular position.
How this drill works – When the coach ‘snaps’ the ball, the defensive players will immediately backpedal into their zone pass defense position. This would simulate how they would react once a QB received the snap and dropped back into throwing position.
From here, the coach (QB) will raise the ball up, like a quarterback, and pivot to aim the shoulders in a certain direction. In this football drill, the defensive players will react to the direction the QB is pivoted.
If the QB turns his shoulders to the right, the defensive players strafe (shuffle) to their left. If the QB is straight ahead, then they go back to their original zones, to the left, then the defensive players go to their right.
This drill gets defensive backs and linebackers into the habit of following the quarterback’s eyes while not leaving their zone.
Result – Improved zone coverage as the quarterback shifts the direction of his body.