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The next position that we have broken down as part of our Self Scout Your Career survey project is the ever important Defensive Back position.



By The X&O Labs Staff

The next position that we have broken down as part of our Self Scout Your Career survey project is the ever important Defensive Back position.

As we mentioned before, survey is still ongoing (if you or your staff hasn't taken it yet, check it out here), we wanted to share some of the insight that the surveys have unearthed. We also recognize that while many of you have already taken one survey from selfscoutyourcareer.com, you likely have not seen the results of the other 10 surveys. In addition to the Defensive Back Coach Research Report you are currently reading, we will also be releasing our Wide Receiver Coach Research Report this week.

Here are a few of the highlights you will find in the graphs and questions contained in the Defensive Back Coach Survey results below:

  • 57% of coaches surveyed identify their team as a pattern read team as opposed to spot drop/zone teams or man teams.
  • Only 31% of teams distinguish their corners based on the field and boundary with the majority using “right and left” to identify their corners.
  • 64% of coaches use the hip of the receiver as their aiming point in man coverage.
  • Two high coaches seem split on assigning the pre-snap read for safeties with 43% having their plays key #2 and 37% having them key #1.
  • Single high safety coaches, on the other hand, key the first uncovered lineman most often among the choices given.

Check out each of those questions and their responses below and see how the information compares to your team. As always, we would love to hear your thoughts on the data presented in this report. Please feel free to share your opinions and thoughts in the comments section below.

**Note: The data shown below is the current information from our ongoing study. It will likely change over time and as that happens, we will be sure to keep you apprised of the trends as they become apparent. Again, if you or your staff has not already participated, or if you want to just take a different survey (you can use the same email address without a problem) please CLICK HERE.

1. Which of the following methodology do you subscribe to as it pertains to coverage?

 

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2. Which of the following methodologies do you subscribe in regards to personnel of your cornerbacks?

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3.  Which of the following visual aiming points do you teach your defensive backs to focus on when playing man coverage?

 

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4.  Primarily, what do you teach your safeties to use as their pre-snap key (in a two-safety defense)?

 

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5.  Primarily, what do you teach your safeties to use as their pre-snap key (in a single safety defense)?

 

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In addition to the questions above, Defensive Back coaches that completed the survey also provided interesting insight into the following topics:

 

  1. How much practice time are you given on a daily basis to work with your secondary?
  2. Which element of secondary play do you spend the most amount of time on during practice?
  3. Which element of defensive back play do you spend the least amount of time on during practice?
  4. Which of the following coverage concepts do you use the most in your system?
  5. Primarily, what do you teach your cornerbacks to use as their pre-snap key?
  6. Which of the following types of footwork do you have your cornerbacks use in off coverage?
  7. Which of the following types of technique do you have your cornerbacks use in press coverage?
  8. Which of the following types of footwork do you have your safeties use in two-high structure?
  9. Which of the following types of footwork do you have your safeties use in single safety structure?
  10. We realize this can be dependent on offensive structure, but how often will you have your safeties involved in run support?
  11. We realize this can be dependent on offensive structure, but how often will you have your corners involved in run support?
  12. In your opinion, what is the most under-coached aspect of secondary back play?
  13. Which of the following is the most important physical skill you can teach your secondary to possess in order to be successful? 

For access to this information, you can either click here to take the Defensive Back coaches survey and receive your own, instant results or you can log in to the Insiders.  

 

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