Defensive Back Coach Research Study

Jul 14, 2013 | Program Development, Self-Scout

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, 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.