"What is the most challenging aspect of playing cornerback? What traits do you need to be a solid DB at any competitive level of football?"
Justin H. | Boston, MA | May 13, 2016 |
Football | 3 Answers
To be a Cornerback in today's game you have to be a smart athletic player. You have to be able to change direction fluently and have quick reaction skills. You have to possess quickness with good feet and hips. The most challenging aspect of being a Corner today I feel is confidence level. You must be confident and remain confident in your skills and what you have been taught. You have to trust that your technique and training combined with your Football IQ and athleticism makes you the best you can be! Confidence breeds Success!
The most challenging aspect of playing cornerback is being able to mirror the route being run by the opposing wide receiver. This takes great instincts as the cornerback does not know where the wide receiver is going, while the wide receiver himself does. In order to compete at a high level, Defensive Backs need to have quick feet, smooth hips, and knowledge of route concepts in order to put himself into position to create interceptions.
I played DB in college. I think the most challenging aspect is being able to maintain a cushion while back pedaling, then being able to change directions and reaccelerate to full speed in as few strides as possible.. Good foot quickness and strong, loose hips are imperative. Foot quickness can be improved with ladder drills, and I would suggest doing the drills backwards for DBs.