3 RELEASES TO BEAT AN OVERLY PHYSICAL DB
The first releases you can use to beat an overly physical DB is a step back release. Now, a lot of people do the step back release Incorrect. They will jump back like 3 yards and do all of this unnecessary movement. Any release is about threatening a DB vertical, if you step a few yards back you aren’t threatening him anywhere and he is doing his job of disrupting the timing with the QB. A step back release is a subtle step back off the line and then you make your move. You use the subtle step to create range between you and the DB so you can get up into the route quickly and threaten him. Do not jump back and raise your pad level. Take a subtle step and retreat.
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The last release you can use is a hesi slide release. If you are in a situation where you have to run a slant route and the DB wants to get real physical, a slide release is a great thing to use. But the slide should only be used on longer developing plays. On quicker plays a release like a diamond release (3 steps on a 45 degree angle) is much better. But the main thing that remains consistent with both of those releases is that you are attacking on that 45 degree angle to the outside of the DB. That’s what we call “using range”. The DB is forced to make a decision when you attack that spot, he can either slide with you and play fade, or sit inside and give up the slant. He can’t win he has to chose. A physical guy will usually over commit to the fade every time.
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