Football Basics : How to Play Defensive Back

Football Basics : How to Play Defensive Back

Hi my name’s Otis St. Clair and I’m here today
to talk to you about how to play Defensive Back. Now when we talk about Defensive Back,
we’re talking about three positions. Cornerback, Free Safety and Strong Safety. Each of them
have a different characteristic, each of them play, each of them play different part of
the field. So let’s walk over to the board and go over each one individually. First let’s
talk about the Cornerback. Cornerback’s responsibility is 1) to defend the pass, 2) to stop the run.
So as the Cornerback, you need to read pass first, run second. So when the ball snap,
you need to take a couple steps back to make sure that it’s not a pass play, and then come
up to defend the run. Two types of coverage you can play as a Cornerback, is a man coverage,
where you have this man all alone by yourself, and you just follow him wherever he goes.
Or you can play a zone coverage, where you get help with either the Free Safety or the
Strong Safety, meaning that, if it’s a cover three zone, you have a third to field back
here and the Free Safety has a third of the field. Or if it’s a two deep coverage, the
Strong Safety is hid back here with the Free Safety and the Cornerback will play out here
in the flats. Now going over the Strong Safety, the Strong Safety is almost like a fourth
Linebacker. You may have three Linebackers sitting in here, he’s almost like a Linebacker,
maybe a little bit faster. What he does is he does run support up here. In pass coverage,
if he plays man, he covers the Tight End, if it’s a zone coverage, he’ll stay out here
in the flats, with another Linebacker that sits in the flats over here. Then you have
two Middle Line, two Linebackers who cover the middle. And then finally with the Free
Safety, on sometimes he’s all alone, all out there by himself. He’s covering either this
deep part of the field, if it’s a man coverage, if it’s a zone coverage, again, he can have
help with the corners on a three deep zone, or he can have help with the Strong Safety,
with the two Safeties back there. Free Safety as a Defensive Back, normally spots the Quarterback,
and reads the Quarterback wherever he goes. o if it’s a pass play, he’s going to break
on the ball, depending on where the Quarterback’s throwing the ball, and he can help with run
support, because he can see the run develop quickly. So those are your three different
positions for Defensive Back, Corner, Free Safety, Strong Safety. Again each of them
have three different types of characteristics, three different types of responsibilities
on the field, but the main thing is to help your defense win ball games. My name’s Otis
St. Clair, and that’s how you play Defensive Back.

Comments (12)

  1. this is rugby! you dont have soccer!

  2. i'm a future all-american football player and maybe a basketball player to

  3. who dislikes football???

  4. I'm going to be playing JV high school football I'm 5'7 150 pounds I could pretty well and is one of the fastest on the team should I play safety PLZ reply ???!??!?

  5. @SPfootball36 dude if u wanted to play offence too, you could prolly play running back.

  6. great vid studying for when i get madden 12 btw i'm Australian so don't no much about gridiron because we have our own football (not soccer)

  7. @SPfootball36 hey you could very well grow into your body but being very fast they will prob play you at Corner

  8. yeah leave it to the strong saftey and the free saftey or the sam or will linebackers

  9. RIP sean taylor. one of the best to do it in the few years he played in the league

  10. I'm 14 5'7 145 what should I play

  11. Daddylongnecks father

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