Drill Type:   Linebacker Drill


This linebacker drill focuses on preventing overextension.

Set Up

  • Places 1 bag (or 3 cones) between the 0 and 5 yard lines.

around the bag football drill


  1. The offensive man will initiate the drill. He’s going to move to his right and come halfway down the bag.
  2. When the defensive man makes contact with him, it’s going to be a race to the other side of the bag.
  3. He’s going to go as fast he can, and will go one, two, three, four times around the bag.


  1. Place four bags on the ground.
  2. The offensive man will initiate the drill by moving into the first alley.
  3. Once the defensive man makes contact, it’ll be a race going into the second, to the third, and to the fourth alley. He gives himself up in the fourth alley.
  4. The defensive man, as he moves into that alley, wants bring his feet with him. He doesn’t want to get overextended. He wants to keep his shoulders square, his head up.
  5. Then on the last one, he’s going to push, accelerate, and take him back five yards.

Coaching Tips

Remind your players that they can’t get into an overextended position. They want to bring their feet with them; it’s a race to the other side to recover.