As linebackers, we work every day on the following fundamentals. If our players perform these fundamentals efficiently, we can compete on Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A linebacker who can effectively blitz against either the run or pass is a tremendous defensive weapon to have at your disposal. This article outlines valuable pass-rush tips and key blitzing drills that will help your LBs to apply heavy pressure!
Without question, the most important fundamental for any defensive position is tackling. It is vital that your athletes know what it takes to be a good tackler.
The following are four linebacker (LB) drills found in Complete Linebacking that run as part of a larger drill progression series for linebacker development.