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.
- Put a heavy stand-up dummy about 3 yards to the side of the Defensive Backs and about 1 yard into the field.
- The first Defensive back lines up about 4 yards into the field.
- Upon command he backpedals about 6-8 yards
- Then the coach throws “a strike” to the stand-up dummy.
- The defensive back plants his foot and breaks forward to deflect the pass and tackle the dummy.
- Deflect pass with near arm
- Club with the outside arm
- Insure the tackle if no deflection
- Heavy stand-up dummy
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.