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2 Distance from receiver can vary – generally crowd the LOS Feet parallel to slightly staggered with feet basically shoulder width apart On balls of feet with bent knees, flatten down chest angle toward parallel with ground, arms/hands slightly extended and ready with thumbs up Alignment on receiver can vary between head up or slight shades based on available help

3 PRE-SNAP: 1. ball 2. receiver POST-SNAP: 1. receiver 2. (to ball)

4 On the snap, total focus goes to receivers hips/midsection Activate feet and soften slightly using a quick foot motor movement (lose ground from receiver) Keep DBs square shoulders on the receivers square shoulders as long as possible (dont side step, turn shoulders, and open the gate for the receiver to run by) DB mirrors the receivers hip movement as softening, trying to stay in front of & inside the receivers framework for as long as possible

5 Be patient! The goal of press coverage is route disruption while playing close coverage…not necessarily route elimination The DB should play first with his feet and eyes, then with the hands last (dont over commit to jam too fast or lose balance/control position by becoming overextended in an attempt to make aggressive premature contact) 2 hands = no feet!

6 As the receiver gains ground and declares a direction of release (WR hips open beyond 45 degrees or he moves outside the framework of the DBs body), the DB should open his hips at a 45 degree angle and begin to shuffle, getting ready to run with the receiver At this time, use an opposite arm jam on the receiver to disrupt (arm opposite of receiver release, palm of hand to near number, lock out elbow with thumb up)

7 As a general rule, the DB should attempt to stay on the high side (downfield) of the receiver as the route progresses. put the receiver in your back pocket. Game situation/field position may dictate otherwise at times (goal line, etc…)

8 While transitioning to cover downfield eye the hip/thigh of the receiver for his breakpoints (hip level changing, stride length changing, arms/hands lowering, etc…) Beyond 15 yards downfield on a vertical release shift key focus to the receivers eyes for ball arrival When in phase with the receiver and confident the route has fully developed, its OK to sneak a peek for the ball or see through the receiver to the ball

9 Expect double moves – play the receivers 2 nd step, think opposite direction of the WR foot that sticks hard in the ground a. Counter punch (explained later) b. Whip turn (explained later) If receiver avoids DB to the inside – think curl/post routes If receiver avoids DB to outside – think out/fade routes If receiver tries to run through the DB – think pressure in or out after about 1 second of pressure (using 2 nd hand to jam OK here) Vs. back shoulder fade - ?? As perceive receiver slowing down and his near shoulder pivoting toward sideline – DB throws outside hand/arm at receivers back shoulder

10 MIRROR SOFTEN: a. At a controlled tempo, receiver weaves back and forth as he moves up field b. DB softens and stays square to the receiver and stays inside the receivers framework as they work up the field c. DB – dont use the hands during this drill!


12 MIRROR JAM a. Receiver stutter moves one direction, then redirects the other direction and heads vertically up field b. DB softens and stays square on the 1 st stutter, then once the receiver redirects and gets outside his framework on the redirect, the DB uses an opposite arm jam and moves up field with the receiver maintaining the proper in phase position


14 COUNTER PUNCH a. Receiver angles up field one direction until the DB executes a jam, then the receiver redirects up field the other direction b. DB softens and throws an opposite arm jam as the receiver gets outside his framework moving in the first direction c. As the receiver redirects, the DB must redirect also – plant, pivot, and shoot the opposite arm jam to the receiver as he gets in phase once again heading up field


16 WHIP TURN a. Receiver angles up field until he sees the DB attempt to throw a jam, then immediately redirects up field the other direction b. DB softens and attempts to throw the initial jam toward the receiver. The DB should intentionally try to be early/overanxious on the first jam (miss the jam) c. The receiver will beat the DB clean in the other direction. The DB must execute a whip turn technique (plant, throw near elbow back, turn his back to receiver for an instant, whip head/eyes back to the receiver), and get back in phase immediately heading up field


18 BEST POSSIBLE RELEASE: DB applies press technique on scout receiver. Receiver must stay within a 5 yard area and works from sideline through the top of the #s 1 ON 1 drill vs. actual QB/WRS

19 FADE - NO LOOK a. Simulating the DB being in an out of phase/disadvantaged position on the receiver as the ball is thrown down field b. DB must catch up and play the ball out of the receivers hands as it arrives – dont look for the ball in the air c. Clue into the receivers head turn, eyes tracking the ball, and finally his arms/hands extending for ball arrival d. DB should attempt to punch up through the receivers hands with his inside arm to dislodge the ball while securing a potential tackle with the outside arm, as opposed to the stripping down motion or reaching with the outside arm for the ball


21 WEDGE DRILL a. Simulating the DB being in a dominate/ in phase position on a downfield route thrown outside the #s (fade route) b. DB will zone turn on time and look up for the ball in the air while using his body position to wedge/squeeze the receiver toward the sideline as he maintains contact c. DB should become the receiver and attack the ball at the its nearest and highest point. d. Its important the DB maintains speed as he turns (step on the gas), as well as continue to keep his wedge on through out the play (dont drift toward the inside)


23 DOWNFIELD SHOULDER DRILL (both pass knock down and interception aspects) a. DB backpedals away from QB, on the look of the QB the receiver begins to run laterally b. DB changes direction and heads toward intersection point with receiver paying special attention to maintain aim toward the most downfield shoulder of receiver (dont initially aim between the receiver and QB) c. As DB closes to an in phase position at the receivers downfield shoulder, he sneaks a peak to the QB for thrown ball

24 d. Once DB realizes he can make a play on the ball he will adjust his angle and come in front of the receiver toward the thrown ball e. One aspect of the drill is to work on batting the ball down – reach out and bunt the ball with the near arm while securing tackle with the arm furthest away (dont swing at it – harder to hit a moving target with another moving piece) f. An additional aspect is to go through same procedure as previously described except make the interception instead of the knockdown



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