John Pledger all by John Pledger
Watch this video to see drills you can incorporate into your practice routine to hone your defensive backs skills at the "backpedal and break".
Weather the defensive back breaks left, right, forward or has to turn 180 degrees to pursue the ball or a receiver, the key is practicing the maneuver until it's performed flawlessly each and every time by your free safety and other defensive backs.
This drill series progresses by starting with the basics of a great backpedal, then it moves to techniques your free safety needs to know in order to quickly change his direction. After the basics are covered the drill moves to get the defensive backs picking up on visual cues to know when and in what direction they need to break to make the play.
These football drills put the free safety to work. Coach John Pledger works with these young athletes on the Backpdeal and Break. The Reaction Drill helps players learn how to increase Backpdeal speed while reading the action to make the break. Breaking at an angle, straight back, or turn and go are all covered in this football drill.