Defensive Back Machine Gun Drill


The purpose of this Defensive Back Machine Gun Drill is to work on and improve good body balance while fighting off blocker and making the tackle.


  1. Step into first pad, “Jam”
  2. Shuffle to and jam remaining pads
  3. Come off last pad with form tackle
  4. Strike once first time through
  5. Strike twice second time through

Coaching Points

  1. Hit position, stay square
  2. Move your feet, don’t lunge
  3. Don’t overpower pads
  4. Concentrate on quick hands
  5. Concentrate on quick feet


  • Blocking Sled

This Defensive Back Machine Gun 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.