Defensive Back Deflection Drill


The purpose of this Defensive Back Deflection Drill is to work on good technique to deflect the ball while still securing to make a safe tackle in case the football cannot be deflected.


  1. Put a heavy stand-up dummy about 3 yards to the side of the Defensive Backs and about 1 yard into the field.
  2. The first Defensive back lines up about 4 yards into the field.
  3. Upon command he backpedals about 6-8 yards
  4. Then the coach throws “a strike” to the stand-up dummy.
  5. The defensive back plants his foot and breaks forward to deflect the pass and tackle the dummy.

Coaching Points

  1. Deflect pass with near arm
  2. Club with the outside arm
  3. Insure the tackle if no deflection


  • Heavy stand-up dummy
  • Football(s)

This Defensive Back Deflection 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.