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3 Ways for the Secondary to Decode the Offense

Playing defensive back involves a wide array of physical skills, but none of those skills will be worth anything unless you can embrace the mental side of the game. Having a strong understanding of what the offense is trying to do is crucial to you becoming a playmaker on the ...

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Playing Defensive Back – How to Stay Focused Under Pressure

Playing defensive back requires a wide range of physical skills necessary to match up against your opponent and win the battles every down in the war. However, all the physical training in the world won’t help you if you are not mentally prepared for battle and cannot ha...

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7 Ways DBs Can Learn A New Defense Super Fast

You’ve spent countless hours in the weight room and on the field in the off-season. You’ve taken your body to the brink and toiled under the sun to be an impact player on your new team, but there is one thing that can undo all of your efforts and keep you on the be...

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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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