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Don’t Untrain Yourself

A Message to Defensive Backs About Correct Training It’s that time of year when we turn up the heat on our preparation for the coming season. They say champions are made in the summer, and that may be true, but it can also be a time when you form some bad habits. There i...

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Find Your Friends in Man Coverage

How Smart Defensive Backs Use Coverage Knowledge to Lockdown Opponents Great defenders have egos, but they also aren’t stupid. We are all aware of how macho football players can be. Few position groups exude that more than defensive backs. It’s all about a mindset ...

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Differences Between Pass Interference in the NFL and High School Football

If you’re like me, then you may sometimes get annoyed when fans and inexperienced players speak boldly on pass interference without understanding the rules.  With the audience watching football increasing on a daily basis, so too are the comments on social media whe...

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It Takes Faith to Be a Playmaking DB

I’ve harped on it. Your coach has harped on it, and perhaps your dad has harped on it too. What am I talking about? It’s watching film, but what good is watching all that film if you’re not going to have any faith? In my time playing and coaching, I’ve ...

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3 Subtle Mistakes You Are Making in Man Your Press Man Reps

By now, we’re all aware of some of the common mistakes made when playing press man coverage. These include things like opening the gate, having your eyes too high, and getting on your heels. However, even after addressing these issues, you may still encounter problems fr...

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This is Where You Will Fail as a Defensive Back

I’ve seen it time and again. Players come out, they get excited about training and the physical aspect of playing the position of defensive back. They love drills and workouts because they can physically feel themselves getting better. This is all well and good, but when...

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6 Things DBs Need to Know to Master Pass Coverage

On the surface, when you are just starting out playing defensive back in the secondary, covering wide receivers and making plays can seem difficult. However, as with all seemingly difficult tasks, breaking them down into smaller pieces can help you complete the mission. When i...

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Building Trust with Your DB Coach: Key Steps to Earn Playing Time and Starting Position

As players in the secondary, our first pursuit is playing time and the starting position. To do this, we must earn favor with our coaches. By favor, I don’t mean becoming his pet, but that might be what happens if you follow the steps I will lay out for you in this artic...

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5 Things NFL Scouts Look For in Safeties

As the heartbeat of a defense, safeties play a pivotal role in the game of football. Their ability to read plays, cover ground, and deliver bone-crushing hits can turn the tide of a game in an instant. But what exactly are NFL scouts searching for when evaluating college safet...

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