This tackling 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 4 bags (or lines of cones) and set up a player on one side with the ball, and another on the other side, facing each other.
- On your go, the offensive player will begin to shuffle side to side, with the defender mirroring him.
- When the offense so chooses, they will blast through the whole of their choosing, trying to get by the defender.
- Meanwhile the defender will be charging through the hole in an attempt to stuff the runner before they can gain any significant yardage.
- I like to set this drill up just in front of the goalline, and record scores and stops – this is a great way to get your defense and offense fired up, and you can make it even more intense by putting some sprints or pushups on the line.
- As a linebacker, your ability to read the ball carrier’s path and wrap him up safely may be your most important task – you need to be able to see the hole as the runner sees it, and hit it before they have a chance to get out and into the secondary. This is especially important on the goalline, where an extra second to react can make the difference between 4th and inches and a touchdown.