Defensive Back Open Field Form Tackling Drill


The purpose of this Defensive Back Open Field Form Tackling Drill is to teach and improve the open field tackling technique and abilities.

Description and Coaching Points

  1. Ball carrier and Defensive Back run at 3/4 speed
  2. Ball carrier gives one or two moves
  3. Ball carrier breaks right or left at cone
  4. Defensive Backs can’t “throw” and miss
  5. Defensvie Backs runs forward to the cone
  6. Defensive Backs breaks down and feet moving
  7. Defensive Backs’ eyes on ball carrier’s belt buckle
  8. Defensive Backs take cutoff angle to ball carrier
  9. Defensive Backs don’t “flail” arms
  10. You are the last line of defense


  • 4 Cones
  • Football(s)

This Defensive Back Open Field Form Tackling 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.