We find that one of the hardest things for young Defensive Backs to grasp is when to look for the football – and when to never look back. If you can teach your players to understand the difference between In Phase and Out of Phase, you are taking the first steps to fixing this problem.
Our Corners and Safeties learn that In Phase means that they are running with the Receiver, and can put their hand comfortably on his hip. When we are out of phase, the Receiver has a step or more on us and we need to catch up.
Drilling for In Phase Position
We start our Defensive Backs on a line with inside leverage on the Wide Receiver. Our DB has his hand on the inside hip of the Receiver and eyes on the Receiver’s hand. They begin a jog at 50% speed with this position and learn to hold it.
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