Former NFL Coach Steve Shafer Creates Training Skills DVD for Football Defensive Backs

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Former NFL Defensive Back Coach Steve Shafer has created ‘Mastering Defensive Back Play,’ a Training Skills DVD to help train coaches and players in the craft of becoming an effective football defensive back.

Whether you're preparing for a youth football league, high school football, college football or the NFL, proper training is paramount. In essence, a player simply must know his position and execute it well. Former NFL Defensive Back Coach Steve Shafer wants to help players do exactly that.

To help coaches and players in their football training, former NFL Defensive Back Coach Steve Shafer has created Mastering Defensive Back Skills, a DVD which, though the use of 40 videos, demonstrates many of the key drills necessary to build and hone a defensive backs skills.

The DVD and demo videos can be found at:

“During my 35 years of coaching football at the college level and the pro level, I had the privilege of working with a number of excellent coaches and teachers of the game,” says Shafer. “I was particularly fortunate to have worked for head coaches who believed in dedicating a 20-minute period during each practice to work on drills to better develop the required skills needed to be an effective player.”

Shafer, who coached for the Rams, Buccaneers, Raiders, Ravens and other professional football teams, and who still consults with NFL teams, says even though these drills have been used by players on many NFL teams, they were designed to be used by coaches and players at all levels.

“This football training DVD can be used by NFL coaches, high school coaches, Pop Warner coaches, or any player on any team looking to better his game,” says Shafer. “It is my hope that this defensive back drill tape will become a valuable teaching tool for both coaches and players alike throughout their careers.”

Shafer says the Master Defensive Back Skills DVD has the same drills and coaching points he used during my coaching career in the NFL.

“Locating a professional coach to train you is not always an easy task,” says Shafer. “So I have included 40 specific drills along with audio, game-film examples and ‘trigger words’ that are used to emphasize eyes, hands, feet, finish, ball, power and position.”

“It takes repetition of proper mechanics to develop the skills that show up on game day,” he says. “And this DVD helps coaches and players do exactly that.”

Shafer’s Mastering Defensive Back Skills DVD has already received a many positive testimonials. Here are just a few:

Jerry Gray, Defensive Coordinator Tennessee Titans:

“This is the very best instructional video on the market today. It is great for all levels of football.”

Kevin Coyle, Secondary Coach Cincinnati Bengals:

“I have found Steve Shafer’s instructional defensive back video to be the most comprehensive and practical teaching video that I have ever utilized in my 30 years of coaching. Steve covers all the ‘little details’ that truly make the ‘big difference’ in coaching the secondary. He breaks down defensive back play in such a way that it will benefit both coaches and players at all levels of competitive football. His coaching points and functional drills are a must see for secondary coaches on every level. I guarantee that you will improve as a coach and gain valuable insight and ideas from viewing and incorporating the techniques so clearly presented in the video…I know I have!”

Bill Williams, President Football Coaches Professional Growth Association:

“May I recommend Steve Shafer’s Mastering Defensive Back Play video to you? Steve’s tape is the most thorough video I’ve seen on defensive back play, and I would encourage defensive coaches at any level of competition to take advantage of this detailed presentation.”

John Neal, Secondary Coach University of Oregon:

“I’ve known Coach Shafer for nearly 30 years. There is no finer secondary coach in the country. He is a long-time NFL assistant that never confused scheme and technique. This tape is a life-long journey to detail the intricacies of secondary play. The teaching of this tape will accelerate the knowledge of both coaches and players immediately. What he learned in a long and distinguished career can be yours in 1 hour. Even veteran coaches should have this as a staple for their collection.”

Donnie Henderson, Former Defensive Coordinator Detroit Lions:

“Coach Shafer’s Mastering Defensive Back Play drill tape is very well done. Steve teaches the fundamentals and the body mechanics of the defensive back position very well. I highly recommend this tape to any coaches, players or other athletes that are interested in the fundamentals of the defensive back position.”

For more information, or to purchase the Mastering Defensive Back Play, go to:


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