NFL Cornerback Tips: #4 Cornerback Tip Learned From 10 year NFL Defensive Back Vet Kevin Mathis
In football we have heard that it is a game of inches, and I cannot express how true this statement is. One inch can mean the difference between winning the game or losing it. One inch can mean the difference between a first down or turnover on downs. One inch can mean the difference between a touchdown or once again, a turnover.
To be more specific for this blog I will show you a tip that I learned while at Prime U, from Deion Sanders and 10 year NFL cornerback Vet Kevin Mathis. As a defensive back your eyes are the #1 most important thing period! My old defensive coordinator Greg Williams while with the New Orleans Saints used to say that he could tell a good football player from a bad one by what their eyes are looking at before and during the play. Defensive backs must know what they are to look at in zone coverage and in man coverage to be successful or to really even have a chance in football. Let’s focus on man to man coverage for now. In my video below I want to keep it real simple, give you something to focus on when you are practicing. You must not look back after your breaks until you are in the wide receiver’s pocket. If you do you will see a whole bunch of passes completed. It will seem like you are always there and never can make a play on the ball for the interception or pass break up which sucks to be honest. You must keep your eyes on the wide receiver and then when you are there on the guy you are covering, look back and make the play. Kevin Mathis was an elite football player and really drilled this in our heads while at Deion Sanders Prime U Camp for cornerbacks.
Watch as I demonstrate this concept in the video below
Make sure you that you practice the correct techniques and work to get better at your craft everyday!!