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February 2009

February 2009


Drills Report: Training the Eyes

How Cal Lutheran Increases Defensive Reaction by Training the Eyes
by: Scott Beattie
Defensive Coordinator, California Lutheran University
© February 2009

We emphasize “eyes” at Cal Lutheran. The most common remark we hear from our opponents is, “you guys play fast.” I believe the reason we play so fast is because we drill daily our eye placement. By drilling eye placement every day, keying becomes second nature and we are able to diagnose the play rapidly while reacting accordingly.

We base our defense out of a 3-2-6. Each position group has a key progression that is drilled during individual time. The defensive line, inside linebackers and defensive backs drill run and pass keys during our individual period. We then have a group period where our nickels and rovers drill with the defensive line, the free and strong safeties drill with the linebackers and the corners work one-on-one versus the receivers.

Defensive Line Key Drill
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