Interceptions and pick 6’s are what define the defensive back position for the most part. So what can we do to get more of them? The answer may lie in your teammates.
While we must admit that Pro Football Focus has made no catches and pass break-ups much more exciting than in the past, let’s be honest, interceptions are what makes defensive backs stars. With that being the case, DBs from across the land are in search of ways to get more and more of them. Unfortunately, most defensive backs are searching for those answers through individual drills and efforts. I need to remind you that football is the biggest and best team game in the World. No other sport requires the individual athlete to depend more on his teammates than this one.
When it comes to making plays as a defensive back, being able to move faster on the field and react to the movement of the offense lies in you knowing where your teammates on the defense are supposed to be. Nothing will make you hesitate more than asking, in the middle of the play, “who has that guy?”
If you want to move faster on the field and avoid mistakes, eliminate that question of who has that man or who has that zone by knowing the playbook entirely. By entirely, that means not just what you are supposed to do but what everyone else on the field is supposed to be doing. It’s not that hard but it will require you sacrificing some of your other non-interception producing activities to do it. That means less scroll time on your phone, less video game time and less overall time wasting. Instead, divert some of that time to studying your team’s defensive playbook beyond just your responsibilities.
Once you have a thorough understanding of what’s supposed to go on around you, you can be more confident when you move through your responsibilities. Confidence makes you move faster and speed wins on a football field. Furthermore, you can call out to your teammates to get to their responsibility and discourage the offense from attacking a potentially open area. If that area is closed then there is a better chance that the ball may come your way.
So, while you are drilling yourself to death, take some time to learn defenses in general and specifically your team’s playbook. This way you have a picture in your head of where everyone will be when the offense attacks.
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