Tips for playing safety?
I'm pretty sure if I come back to semi pro football a coach would line me up at safety (SS or FS) because of my size (5'8" 195-200). I used to play cornerback 4 years ago but I was a lot smaller and had more speed (160-165 lbs.). I can cover and play the deep ball very well but I want to know some other things about the position because from what I've seen its like you're the QB of the defense. Can anyone give me some pointers for playing strong safety or free safety?
- Run fast, hit hard. Keep your head up. LEarn the playbook00
- I played free safety in high school and college. Idk where you are from but I am from Pittsburgh, PA. I went to Woodland Hills High School. Same HS as Jason Taylor, Steve Breaston, and many professional players that still play today. The key to being a free safety is knowing the defense, the system you are playing in. It kind of being a QB but you mainly control your DBs and you need to know when to check out of your defensive playing so that means you need to watch film on every team. A lot of film. Not every defensive can be played to cetain offensive formations so you would need to know when to check out of a play and went not to and where to line up on the field. Field alignments are crucial because a Quarterback reads defenses alignments to pick out the holes in the defense. You are the free safety so most of the time you will have to be the last line of defense. Especially in a cover 3 formation you can't let anything get behind you. QBs will try to get you to come up by sending a deep crossing route across the middle with a deep post behind it. Stay deep. It is important to understand what to read for a pass/run read. I got really good reading the guards and tackles. Film will help you determine which lineman shows the reads better. Film is vey necessary for every position but it is key for FS, LBS, and OBs. Also, don't be too quick to react to a run because offenses are smart they could show a run read and change into a pass. You don't need too much speed to play safety. Just need to be smart and know how to react to a ball and when to react to a play. Knowing your Field alignments, and the defensive system is the biggest part of being a safety. You played corner before so you technique and form should already be familiar to you. Good luck and I hope this helps you.00
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