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Keys to Great Defensive Back Playby: Ernest Blount
Defensive Backs Coach, C.W. Post
© August 2007
In developing sound defensive back play I stress eight keys to success.
The keys are precise clear communication, a solid stance, smooth backpedal, plant/drive, interception point, job and mindset. These keys are stressed everyday throughout practice, during every period. On game day the big key is mindset.
An important key for the secondary is to communicate during the football game. The importance of talking cannot be overemphasized. They must talk before and after the ball has been snapped. Before the snap they are determining strength, motion and any shifting adjustments. Coverage checks must be passed on to the entire defense. After the snap the call of run, pass, crack, reverse, draw, etc. will allow the defense to react to the play faster.
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