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!

“14 Cones” Linebacker Drill for Fumble Recovery

Drill Type:  Linebacker Drill Purpose This linebacker drill teaches players to maintain a good hitting position, bending at the knees and staying in that proper position at all times. Set Up Use 14 cones and one bag, and position them as shown in the diagram below. Execution On the command “go,” the linebacker will come…

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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: Without shoulder pads, you want to run this drill at half speed.  With shoulder…

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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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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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