Because of some of the changes in our coverage this year (specifically, where the Corner’s eyes need to be), we will be doing more back pedaling with our corners this year. In years past I have been a big fan of the Open Slide technique – and continue to be – but it does not fit our current coverage schemes as well.
In looking at back pedal technique, and how to back pedal, we needed to look at what can hurt you the most from the pedal, and what can help you the most.
- My biggest concern with a back pedal technique is if your cornerback cannot open his hips up fast enough, and the receiver is able to run by him. We can solve that by backing the corner up, but that creates more space for the receiver.
- From the back pedal position, the corner’s ability to work his eyes from the Quarterback to the Wide Receiver on a 3-Step Drop is the biggest asset. He can break on the 3-Step game and find the receiver for the tackle, or even better – intercept the ball and take it to the house. [Read more...]