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!

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


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


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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The Shed Tackle Drill


There are a number of different ways to run a good solid, fundamentally sound shed tackle drill.  Incorporating a popsicle sled that you can actually let the kids put their hands on and get off of is invaluable, in my opinion.  In this video, I share my favorite Shed Tackle Drill, which really focuses on explosion, escape…

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Breaking Down the Linebacker Hole Tackling Drill

linebacker hole tackling drill

In today’s video blog post, we are talking about the “Linebacker Hole Tackling Drill”. This is probably my favorite tackling drill. In this drill, we use four cones to create holes, and the tackler doesn’t know where he is going. He is working on his ability to just “react” and adjust on the move. Note:…

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