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Fundamentals of Defensive Back Playby: David Cole
Defensive Backs Coach California University (PA)
© February 2010
There are many fundamentals to becoming a good DB. In this article I will talk about a few points that I think are keys for successful DB play. The first point is stance followed by backpedaling, then run and pass keys and finishing with responsibilities in coverage.
Your stance is the start of good DB play. Here at Cal U we have two different types of stances, zone and man. In both stances are feet are shoulder width apart with good knee bend. Knees are over toes and shoulders over knees, with our weight on the balls of our feet. This gives you a strong center of gravity and good balance. I tell my DB’s to touch the ground to see if they are low enough. If they have to bend at the waist they are not low enough. We strive to be hip and knee benders and not waist benders. When in a zone sta....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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