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!

Peel Drill

Drill Type: Linebacker Drill Purpose: It’s rare that your linebackers will ever have a straight lane to the ballcarrier – they will usually have to shed at least one, and maybe two or three blocks before they can make the tackle.  And that’s just what you’ll be challenging the linebacker to do in this drill.…

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Score Tackling Drill

Drill Type:  Linebacker Drill Purpose This drill isolates the linebacker and puts him in a position where they have to make a read and wrap up the ball carrier one on one. Set Up Set up 4 bags (or lines of cones) and set up a player on one side with the ball, and another…

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“Around The Corner” Drill

Drill Type:  Linebacker Drill Purpose This drill focuses on the lineman’s footwork, and their ability to explode not only off the line, but through the quarterback. Set Up Set up a tackle dummy, and stand 5-7 yards in front of it. Place two cones; one a little bit further out than where your offensive tackle…

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Simon Says

Drill Type:  Linebacker Drill Purpose This drill is great for not only improving a player’s agility, but also improves their reaction time, and teaches them that they should keep an eye on what’s happening with the quarterback at all times. Set Up Have your player(s) start off lying face down on the ground, watching the…

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Around-the-Bag Drill

Drill Type:  Linebacker Drill Purpose This linebacker drill focuses on preventing overextension. Set Up Places 1 bag (or 3 cones) between the 0 and 5 yard lines. Execution The offensive man will initiate the drill. He’s going to move to his right and come halfway down the bag. When the defensive man makes contact with…

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