Defensive Back Zig Zag Drill


  • To develop ability to read and react to QB’s shoulders.
  • To develop ability to rotate hips and change direction quickly.


Four defenders will align 5 yards from the coach and side by side 5 yards apart. On command backs will back pedal and drive off at 45° angle concentrating on QB’s shoulders and changing directions, push off opposite foot and elongate stride in changing directions.

Coaching Points

Defenders will react to coaches’ shoulders and eyes. Ball may be thrown to a particular back.