You might not want to hear this, but I am going to give you some free advices. Let’s call it how to coach catching a football for your secondary team.
Drill 1 – Shed the block
This is a LB drills, but I think your secondary needs to start at the beginning
Place the Jug machine as the QB
place 5 sleds on the line of scrimmage
Set the Jug machine to go off after 5 seconds.
The goal of the exercise is to establish contact with the sleds and then have the Jug machine hit the player after the 5th contact.
The premise of the exercise is to allow the player to absorb contact and ensure that his play making abilities are not faltered due to contact or by the ball being thrown at the player after contact has been established. The Team drill is not completed until all players have successfully completed the drill without any drop balls 10times.
Drill 2 – Hit and Go
One Popsicle (for those who don’t know what this is, it’s just an isolated tackling dummy)
One Shed Pad for the coach
One Jug Machine
Here is how it works. Players start in a 3 point L Stance (-standard DB technique) Coach you blow the whistle
Player hits the Popsicle, turn up to the Shed Pad, as soon as they come around, you hit them with the shed pad, as hard you can, and then press the jug machine to release, and player has to catch the ball.
Purpose of this exercise to all allow the player to grasp his normal stance, and allow contact on the field twice, as CB and a Shed Blocker (think of screen pass or blitz pick up). The player will still absorb the contact and make a play on the ball. The Team drill is not completed until all players have successfully completed the drill without any drop balls 10times.
Our defensive product on the field will only get better once our secondary learns how to absorb contact and make a play. We have seen too many missed game changing plays that has caused our team to settle through the mediocre 500 standings.
What we need to do is learn from our mistakes and understand how to correct them. As of right now I am looking at you Mr. Bowles. Nolan has provided the blueprint on where our players should be, and now it’s up to you to earn your pay check and teach the players to make the play we are all waiting for.