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Author: Subject: Containment Drills for Cornerbacks

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[*] posted on 9-3-2007 at 04:24 PM Reply With Quote
Containment Drills for Cornerbacks

Our players are 6 - 8 Year Olds. What type of drills has anyone used to teach the cornerback that he must force the running back inside of him and not to let the RB get outside? We continue to have CBs that want to run directly at the RB and end up taking themselves out of the play with the RB getting around the corner and scoring on a long run.

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[*] posted on 9-3-2007 at 07:05 PM Reply With Quote

We use the machine gun drill, mainly for DEs, who do our primary contain, but also for CBs to some extent.

Line up 2 or 3 backs in an I formation and have QB (or coach) pitch (or hand off) to deep back with other back(s) leading, trying to reach block the contain man. After a while, run variations with QB booting opposite way (toward other DE), FB diving inside first, TB running off tackle with FB kicking out, WB on other side running reverse, split backs, etc. When we include CBs, it's mainly to teach how to react to crack blocks, where we have CBs take over contain. Be sure to have a wide enough field -- a lot of people practice on smaller fields and the DEs are not ready when they go to a full width field.

We stress a fast take-off, getting as deep as the RB, keeping your shoulders square to the LoS, keeping the outside arm free, taking on the blocks and not giving ground, and that it's okay to force the play inside where the other 10 defenders are, even if you don't make the tackle.

In my experience, your contain man will never learn to honor reverses, counters and boots until they have actually been burned by them. Best to have it happen during practices and scrimmage, not the game.
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