Category Archives: Linebacker Drills

The linebacker requires the most versatility of all the positions on the defensive side of the ball. In this section, you’ll find practice tips and drills for speed, agility, run-stopping, pass rush, tackling, coverage, and interception skills. Enjoy!

(SAMson) Blitz

Drill Type:  Blitz Drill Purpose Here we look to attack the strong side of the formation, with the Sam linebacker coming on a blitz to the ‘B’ gap while the rest of the defense players give a ‘Cover 1’ look. Execution Defensive Line: The defensive line will rush their regular gaps, trying to beat their…

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Tug Of War Drill

Drill Type:  Lineman Conditioning Purpose This conditioning drill teaches the linemen to explode low, not stand up at the snap. Setup Get a tug-of-war rope –  the thicker and heavier the better – and place it one foot in front of the line of scrimmage. Set-up a line, defensive or offensive, and have the linemen…

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Wave Drill

Play Type:   Linebacker Drill Purpose Teach runners to attack the hole and drive heart, and teach tackling positions to read a ball carrier and stop the attack. Setup Players in two lines, facing each other 5 yards apart, one line with the ball for running, the other line as tackling. Using cones, coach makes two…

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Linebacker Drills for Power: The Explosion Drill

EXPLOSION DRILL LINEBACKER DRILLS

If you are looking for an awesome power and explosion drill for your linebackers, you’ve got to check out this out!  This linebacker technique drill uses leverage and good body mechnics to lift an opponent who is coming at him.   With good body position, the linebacker should be able to explode forward and keep the…

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Block Protection: The Ball Cut Tackle Drill

BALL CUT TACKLE DRILL

So many times, you’ll see offensive players try to cut you to keep you from getting to the football. We need to give our players some focal points that will help them defeat that block.  You need to teach your players how to take on a block, how to get off a block, and then…

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