So, maybe you’ve done a good jam, but the receiver gets a great release and is able to get open on you and create some space. It doesn’t do you any good to look back and find the ball if you aren’t close enough to the receiver to make a play on it. This is when the “Out of Phase” defensive back drill comes in handy!
“Out of Phase” Defensive Back Drill
When you are “out of phase” – in other words when you are in trouble and know you are beat – you want to focus on the V of the neck of the receiver and burst full speed ahead, trying to get as close to the receiver as possible.
You are focusing on the V of his neck because you are waiting for that moment when the receivers hands go up. You know the ball is going to be thrown because that receiver is open, so you are going to spend all of your time and effort on getting as close to the receiver as you can while concentrating on the hands because when the hands go up and that ball comes in, you are going to secure the tackle with your back hand, and with the front hand, strip the ball at the last minute before you take the receiver down.
This is often called a “blind” defenders technique, because you are not going to have enough time to look back at the ball.