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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Draw and Screen Drill

Drill Type:  Pass Rush Drill Purpose Allows players to gain better take-off, great movement and acceleration to the quarterback. Set Up Set up 4 pop up dummies onthe line of scrimmage. Place 2 or more players behind the line of scrimmage. The coach should be positioned about 7 yards back, as if he were in…

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(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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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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