Florida State defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett came to FSU with an excellent reputation as a teacher and molder of defensive backs. Much has been said and written about his desire to play press-man technique with his corners on the outside receivers. FSU has done this in the past under previous coordinators but maybe not with the discipline and consistency in technique you would hope for from a top program. We expect this to improve under Barnett and his staff. If the spring game is any indication, there is more reason for optimism in this area.

The most noticeable difference with the technique of the corners is their patience at the line of scrimmage. In press, patience is key for the corner to stay in front of the receiver and in-phase through the release. At times in previous years, we would see Florida State corners be too eager to jam and disrupt the receiver with their hands and as a result, they would not use proper footwork and find themselves out of position to cover the receiver. An off-balance CB is as good as beaten. The clip below is a great example of Kyle Meyers showing patience at the snap.

Kyle Meyers is at the bottom of the frame

Keith Gavin initially releases vertical before working to the outside. Meyers is patient and uses his feet at the snap to maintain his inside leverage and stay in front. This forces Gavin to work around Meyers to the outside. Once Gavin makes his move, then Meyers can open his hips and throw his left hand (the off-hand) to jam Gavin and further disrupt the timing of his release.

Here is another example of a similar play:

Kyle Meyers is at the top of the frame