The purpose of this Defensive Back Perfect Break Drill is to teach and work on the perfect break and perfect interception angle when covering a wide receiver running an out route.
- Defensive Backs line up in one line at the sideline (outside the field) at any given yardline.
- The coach stands with the defensive backs off the field.
- The first Defensive Back lines up about 4 yards into the field facing off the field
- One Defensive Back playing the Wide Receiver lines up at the sideline, about 1 yard off the yardline opposite to the coach.
- Upon command the “receiver” runs his route (a 8-12 yard out)
- On the cut of the receiver, the coach throws the ball to him, and the Defensive Back breaks and takes the perfect interception angle to intercept the pass.
- On receiver cut, shorten stride
- Quicken feet
- Maintain inside leverage
- Plant opposite foot of receiver cut
- Drive step quickly (short step)
- Turn “plant” foot 45 degrees
- Don’t round off your break
- Plant step shorter or same as back pedal
- Accelerate to the ball
- To change direction, throw your elbow, shoulder and hips in the desired direction
- In changing direction, “rollover” the leg nearest to direction you want to go
- Keep shoulder level the same or lower through out break
This Defensive Back Perfect Break 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.