Special Teams Mirror Tackle Drill


The purpose of this Special Teams Mirror Tackle Drill is to teach and practice patience and making a save open field tackle.


Both cones are 5-yards from the dot. Tackler and Return man reach the dot they will both break down and return man will shuffle right and left.  When the coach blows the whistle the tackler will run through the return man and make the tackle.

Coaching Points

  • Keep good football position when shuffling
  • Stress importance of save tackle


  • 2 cones
  • 1 dot
  • Football(s)

This Special Teams Mirror Tackle Drill is contributed by ©2007 Randy Hedberg, at that time Head Coach at St. Cloud State University – The St. Cloud State Huskies are playing in the NCAA II North Central Conference (NCC).
Randy Hedberg is now the Associate Head Coach at the NDSU Bisons, which play in the NCAA Div I MVFC