Defensive Back Backpedal Break at 90° Drill


The purpose of this Defensive Back Backpedal Break at 90° Drill is to improve the technique of breaking out of backpedaling into a 90 degree forward sprint.


  1. Defensive Backs line up in one line at the sideline (outside the field) at any given yardline.
  2. The coach stands with the defensive backs off the field.
  3. The first Defensive Back lines up on the sideline facing off the field
  4. Upon command he starts backpedaling along the yardline
  5. After about 12 yards the coach gives a command (audible or visual) and the Defensive Back plants his foot on the next step and sprints forward in a 90 degree angle for a few steps.
  6. While the previous Defensive Back is still backpedaling the next Defensive Back lines up already in his stance ready to start backpedaling.

Repeat according to practice plan – alternate side to sprint to.

See that all Defensive Backs get as many repetitions as possible.

Coaching Points

  1. See Coaching points of the Backpedal Drill
  2. Turn plant foot 45 degrees
  3. Throw shoulder


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This Defensive Back Backpedal Break at 90° Drill is contributed by ©2007 Leon Criner (✝️ Nov. 14, 2014), at the time Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator and Jimmy Sims, at the time Assistant Professor of Health & Physical Education / Head Football Coach at Los Angeles Valley College – The Los Angeles Valley College Monarchs played then in the Western States Conference, now in the SCFA, Southern California Football Association.