Individual drills are important to linebackers. The basic fundamentals that I want to work every day are 1) footwork, 2) blow delivery and 3) tackling.
The “Get The Ball Drill” can be done as a one-on-one, two-on-one, three-on-two or two-on-two drill. In theory, you are only limited by imagination. Safety needs to be a priority.
Snake (from Okie Mug alignments) is an overloaded strong-side zone dog that includes Nickel and Strong-Safety blitz from the strongside.
Our staff introduces our defensive signals on the first day of practice. It is a language of its own that must become second nature.
There are four words that come to mind when I think about great linebackers: eyes, feet, hands and finish. These four words should be emphasized every day in practice. Part four of this series focuses on the finish.
Because linebackers are involved with every aspect of the game, they must be great with their hands. Linebackers must be able to use their hands to get off blocks, destroy blocks and tackle the ball carrier. Here’s how to train them.
Linebackers, along with every other position on the field, must have great feet. Once the linebacker has quickly read his key, now it is time to react to that key. He must now get to his assignment and execute it as soon as possible.
In today’s age of up-tempo, spread offense, and RPOs, offenses have been utilizing pre-snap motion and shifts to keep defenses off-balance and exploit their weak spots. This article provides solid strategy, defensive rules and keys for keeping your defense sound when an offense uses Flare Motion and Quick Motion pre-snap.
There are four words that come to mind when I think about great linebackers: eyes, feet, hands and nish. These four words should be emphasized every day in practice. Part one of this series focuses on the linebacker’s eyes.
Ryan McCartney, Associate Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator, Seymour (IN) High School, shares one of his favorite pressures: send the Outside Linebacker (OLB) and Inside Linebacker (ILB) from the same side while utilizing a slanting defensive front.
When playing zone defense, the linebacker must recognize the pass play, go immediately to his zone, get as deep in his zone as he can before the quarterback sets to throw, focus on the quarterback and the ball, and react to the pass. The ball directs the linebacker to the receiver.
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.