Our staff introduces our defensive signals on the first day of practice. It is a language of its own that must become second nature.
The linebacker who can perform these fundamentals will be successful regardless of scheme. No matter what defense you devise, you will be able to use a defender who can consistently execute the ABCs.
A correct base will yield tremendous results, but to achieve it you must drill it so often that it becomes the only comfortable reaction to blockers. Linebackers must become like cats and always land with a correct base. Use your imagination to create other meaningful drills to improve the areas in which your team needs work.
For players and staff, signaling calls to the defense can be some of the most anxious and exciting moments in the game. Coaches and players must exchange information quickly and precisely. The quicker the information is signaled, the more confident the unit will be and the more time they will have to study the offense at the line of scrimmage.
The following are four linebacker (LB) drills found in Complete Linebacking that run as part of a larger drill progression series for linebacker development.
University of Buffalo defensive coordinator Lou Tepper shares the four leadership traits of linebackers that create an impact on defense.