Throughout my professional career in the NFL I learned some key tools that helped set me apart as a running back. They are as follows:
Route running (this is crucial to the success of any running back!)
Understanding if it is “man” or “zone” coverage
Versus Zone Coverage:
- Important to get to your designed spot and depth, “POP UP” and “SIT”
Versus All Man to Man Coverage:
- It is key to get as “clean of a release” as possible when getting through the line of scrimmage!
- Creating the distance you need to separate from man to man coverage
- Example: (vs. linebacker) attacking half of the defender, stepping on his toes, keeping yourself square and continuing to move laterally to get in position to “stack the defender”
“Stacking” the Defender
- Getting on top of the defender to keep him “guessing”
- State of mind: Once you “stack” the defender he doesn’t know which way you might go… left, right or straight up the field.
- To get a defenders hands off of you. The slap of your hands to his to keep you from getting tied up.
- You have the advantage and he doesn’t. Remember, his goal is to “slow you down” and “redirect” you.
You have the advantage and he doesn’t. Remember, his goal is to “slow you down” and “redirect” you.
Limit Any Contact
- This is very very crucial to your success in running a man to man route
Catch The Ball
- Put your foot in the ground and get north and south.
If you follow these simple rules you will be on your way to being a better running back! To see my sample video on running back basics click here.
Running Backs Coach
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