You Can’t Just Drill Your Way to DB Success

One of the questions I get asked the most in my Instagram DMs and via email is “coach do you have any drills to make be a better DB?”  Of course I do and there are a ton of drills out there but are those drills the magic pill to you become an all state or all american defensive back?

We live in the era of Instagram and social media where there are 100’s of 1’000’s of people posting drills, workouts, etc.  and making you believe that this is all you need to be an excellent player or achieve the body you have always wanted.

Any good personal trainer will tell you that you can workout all you want but if you don’t eat right and get enough rest,  the chances of you getting that body are very slim.  Likewise,  I’m telling you as a DB coach / trainer that there is more to becoming a great DB than just going to the park,  pulling out the cones and running through drills.  I’ve seen many a DB thinking that he can hop on that 10 x 10 yard patch of grass,  pull out his phone to record and think drill filming + executing is going to send him to the top of the charts.  That is incorrect.

Drills are just a part of the equation.  Here are some of the other things you are going to need to become the defensive back you really want to be:

(1)  Weight room:  For young high school DBs this is the part of the equation that gets ignored the most.  Many DBs want to substitute the drills for the weightlifting.  Football is a physical game and the higher you go,  the stronger and faster the players are.  Denying yourself the chance to match the speed and strength of your opponents because you thinks drills will be all you need is a recipe for disaster.  Get in the weight room and combine getting stronger with improving your footwork.

(2) Study Your Playbook:  There are many a quick footed football player who is dumber than a box or rocks.  These players have quick feet but have no idea where to go.  The athletes that spend a tremendous amount of time alone doing drills and nothing else trick themselves into believing that being an individual is the best way to excel in the greatest team game on earth.  Consequently,  these players get disappointed and think coach is “hating on them” when they don’t play.  The reason you aren’t playing is because you don’t know what to do and coach doesn’t care as much about how many 1-on-1 reps you win in practice as you do.  Study your playbook,  know where to be and now your quick feet with solid technique have meaning to your coach and entire team.

(3) Know Your Opponents:  Your opponent as a defensive back is the offense.  Spending time studying offenses and how they work give you the power of anticipation when you are on the field.  A player with good anticipation but slower feet than you may get to the ball quicker than you simply because he got moving in the right direction long before you knew which way to go.  The more you study offense,  the easier it will be for you to react to plays you see being run on game day.  When you combine quick feet wth great anticipation,  we then have something that might be All State or All American worthy.

As with all things in life,  success requires balance.  It’s fun looking at drills on social media and then going out and duplicating them.  It’s fun coming up with ways to win 1-on-1 reps at a camp, combine or practice.  However,  football is a team game that is played by big and fast people.  Divide your drill time amongst these other areas that I have laid out for you here.  When you start doing that you are on your way to achieving the lockdown status you have been dreaming of.

If you want to know how to study and what drills to do,  there’s one great place to go for that and that is my All Eyes DB Camp Member’s Area.  High School and college football players across the country are raising the level of their game by absorbing the information they are getting from my member’s area.  Knowledge is the key to success and the All Eyes DB Camp Member’s Area provides you that.   Click here now to sign up.

Author: Chad Wilson

Chad Wilson is the owner of All Eyes DB Camp. He played college football at the University of Miami and briefly in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks. Over his 15 year high school football coaching career, he tutored over a dozen Division I defensive backs and as a trainer has worked with NFL All Pros, first round draft picks, college football all americans and Top 10 ranked high school football prospects.

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