The purpose of these Defensive Back Sideline Tackling Drills is to work especially on the open field tackling, using
- the sideline
- and taking away the cutback.
Build 2 lines facing each other 10 yards apart, 6 yards from the sideline. Place a cone in the middle also about 6 yards from the sideline.
Upon command the Defensive Back starts backpedaling, break and run forward to his original starting point.
At the same time the ballcarrier runs towards a point between the sideline and the cone.
The ball carrier then tries to get past the tackler, either going along the sideline or cutting back into the field.
- The one and only priority for the Tackler is to make the tackle.
- All general tackling coaching points:
- staying low
- good base
- feet moving
- eyes up
- The Tackler should play it slow and save.
- Defensive Back should play it from the inside to the outside, taking away the cutback without giving the ball carrier too much room on the sideline.
- A push-out serves just as good as a tackle…