Drill Type:Â Defensive Back Drill
This defensive back drill works on two types of releases: a dramatic break on the inside, and a dramatic break to the outside.
The goal for your defensive back is to maintain a leverage where heâ€™s aiming for the top shoulder of the other player, but he doesnâ€™t want to beat the receiver to the reception point. He wants to be able to intersect his body, one-half of his body, on one-half of the other playerâ€™s.
- There are two types of man techniques. Thereâ€™s one with help and thereâ€™s one without. We are going to start by working on the one where we have no help and we have to maintain our vertical leverage where weâ€™re aiming for the top shoulder.
- Weâ€™re driving down, and the intersection should be half to a third of our body intersecting a half to a third of his body.
- As he drives down and breaks, he doesnâ€™t want to break too far ahead and certainly doesnâ€™t want to break behind.
- The one time we will allow him to drive to the low shoulder is when he has help in the middle or on top.
- For the next transition, we will break on the out. We want to get our players comfortable right from the get-go in terms of their aiming points.
- And that receiver will take the ball, catch it, and either come back or thereâ€™ll be some type of double move.
- We want to be slow to break on the outside move, and we want to intersect that receiver so if heâ€™s coming back, heâ€™s running right through us.
- Typically the number one mistake that defensive backs make when they break towards the out is they over-break to the outside.