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intervals (max) Single intervals (Min). Once all players are in the circle, the football coach starts at a player with 1, the next player is 2, and so on until you have given every player EXCEPT one a number. The player with NO number is in the middle of the circle with the ball. On the coach s command the player in the middle with the football starts to run inside the perimeter of the circle. The football coach will then call out a number of one of the outside circle s numbers. That player is to come out running towards the ball carrier. He is to chase down the player and tackle him. After the ball carrier has been tackled they take the place of the player called out and now the tackler is the ball carrier. This goes on until all players have had a chance to run as the ball carrier. Rules: Ball carrier MUST run the perimeter of the circle; tackler can CUT OFF the circle to hit the ball carrier. Stopping Unnecessary Penalties Want to stop late hits and unnecessary penalties? Train your players during football practice. Condition them to STOP when they hear a whistle. During drills have the start of every football drill begin with a natural cadence. ONLY BLOW YOUR WHISTLE WHEN YOU WANT THEM TO STOP. Without even realizing it your players will be subconsciously conditioned that a whistle means stop. *Using a whistle to start a drill sends the wrong message. Agility & Footwork Set up an agility ladder and then 4 step over dummies. On different passes through the football drill your players will do different steps through the ladder. They will side step over the dummies, hop, or do a backpedal weave around the dummies. Hand-eye coordination and muscle memory drills. - Start off with one of your football players standing right in front of a hitting bag (practice dummy), I mean where the bag is almost touching his chest. - Then have the player squat down as low as possible and explode not only up but into the bag. Leaping forward as far as he can, landing on top of the bag. - The next time it s his turn he takes 1 step back from the dummy so that he can take 1 step forward before he squats down and explodes into the bag. One step forward, Squat and explode up and out leaping onto the bag. - His next turn in line the player sprints forward, plants both feet side by side, squats and explodes into the bag leaping himself and the bag out as far as his leap can take him, landing on top of the bag. Do this football drill every single day at the beginning of football practice, with each player doing the 3 step process once. It becomes a natural habit to get low and accel up and forward just before they hit someone. It makes a night & day difference.
Fox and Hound Drill: Set cones 10 yard apart in a square. Have 2 lines starting at opposite corners with one line being the ball carrier and one line being the tackler. Both the football carrier and the tackler start running clockwise at the same time. The ball carrier makes one lap and hands the ball off to the next player in line. That player then runs the ball around the cones. When the tackler gets back to his line, the next tackler chases the new ball carrier. If the tacklers catch the ball runners, the ball changes sides. The players end up running 40 yard sprints and don t even know it. Agility Obstacle Course 3 players lay on the ground with enough room between them for a player to lay there. You have a player chop his feet hit the ground between each of the players. He then gets up and runs 5 yards to a football, picks it up and runs a zig zag for 6 cuts while switch the ball to the outside hand. At the last cone he drops ball, coach passes him a ball, after the catch he runs 10 yards where a coach drops a fumble and player dives on it.
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Focus on getting off the ground fast. Ball control, and dropping the hips to make cuts. Catching the ball when you get a little tired. When the balls on the ground you get it. Lastly, it·s conditioning in a different form!!!
Defensive Line Drills: Passrush technique drill
To develop good feeling and automatism for the different passrush techniques
Have DL pair up facing each other in a 2-point football position, designate one row as the passrushers and the other as passblockers. Call the technique they should use (bull, rip, swim, ...) and the side they should pass the blocker. On command the passblockers drop back like a passblocker, and the passrusher close on them and use the correct technique to pass him. On the whistle they reset, with changed designations. This drill can be done with or without pads (without pads it's a good prepractice warm-up routine).
Since this is not a physical drill, hand quickness and correct technique is most important.
To develop quickness and good body position while closing the distance between offensive blocker while pass rushing.
Defensive linemen assume good pass rush stance on LOS, offensive linemen align off of defenders approximatly 3 to 4 yards off of LOS. On snap of football the offensive linemen shuffle straight back trying to avoid 'their' defensive lineman, while defenders close to 'their' offensive lineman with good body lean and execute a pass rush technique when reaching OL.
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Good movement off of ball Good body lean Eyes on blocker Make defensive lineman use a move.
executing a certain pass rush technique at each bag or a different technique at each bag. The pop-ups drill works feet. Description HAND FIGHT 1. 2.Pass rush technique drills Purpose To practice and improve the different pass rush techniques. hips. We will always finish with our off arm strip technique at the last bag. We work though the area in between each bag. Basic drill for quick hands POP UPS 1. Coaching Points y y y y Good body position Quickhands make phases when you stress technique over violence and vice versa always stay close to the bags Equipment y Pop-Ups Drill setup heavy stand-up bags . hands and violence.
trying to recover it . 2. but mainly focussing on tackling . shields pylons or linestrip to mark the LOS . once the first pass rusher securely tackled the dummy to the ground. Line up 2 defensive linemen in their normal stance at their normal position. Description 1.or if it's already recovered by the second pass rusher. The first rusher reaching the Quartback / Dummy tackles the dummy and tries to slap the ball free.Passrush. 5. The second rusher should then find the ball and recover it. The football should be at about shoulder height of your players or on a smaller dummy as high as possible. Coaching Points y y y y y Make sure that the main goal for the tackler is still to tackle and not chasing the fumble! Make sure both pass rushers don't arrive at the dummy at the same time. 3. Blockers might use hand shields Ball should be firmly attached so it won't fall out on the slightest contact Stipping the Football and tackling should be one combinend action Equipment y y y y heavy stand up dummy football evtl. he will also go for the fumble. secure his recovery (protecting him from offensive players trying to steal it from him again. Force and Recover a Fumble Drill Purpose Defensive Line Drill to work on the ultimate goal of a passrush: the sack with forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble. Put a heavy stand up dummy at the QB launch point (7yrds behind LOS) with a football attached with a strong rubber band or similar. 6. The coach stands behind the pass rushers signaling to the blockers who should give serious resistance and who should give light resistance. 4. 2 other defensive linemen line up as offensive blockers opposite to the two rushers. just enough to make the pass rusher to make a move.
never letting him get outside. controls & escapes the OL and makes the tackle before the ballcarrier reaches the cone. Make sure he's not to wide outside the ballcarrier. if run with offensive personnel Contain drill Purpose Drill to teach the proper technique of playing the outside contain for DE and OLB. put a designated ballcarrier at the third cone. while the OL blocks accordingly.) Coaching Points y y y Defenders shoulders and hips should stay square to LOS. the other player the OL. (After the DL got comfortable with the drill. The player facing the ballcarrier will be the defender. Check for proper hand and arm technique to control and escape OL. Now put the contain man in his position. Equipment y y y Ball Cones or Linestrip . have a participating player lining up as the offensive last man on the line (LMOL) and a RB or WR lining up in the backfield to run sweeps. and rather have him give some ground than letting the ballcarrier to his outside. the ballcarrier runs in a straight line to the designated cone.Defensive Line Run Drills: Read Purpose The purpose of this drill is to improve the reaction of the defensive lineman to the movement of the offensive lineman. The contain man should force the ballcarrier wide. Coaching Points Make sure the defender first gets into the backfield and only when he recognizes that the play goes wide charges to the outside. The coach should stand behind the DL and signaling the direction and the snapcount. you might bring in 'real' OL and Runningbacks to increase intensity and speed. On the command. The DL reacts to the movement of the OL. Equipment y y 3 cones Ball. while the offensive LMOL tries to block the contain man to the inside. Feet should be moving all the time and never get close together. Put two linemen facing each other in the middle between two cones. always staying outside the ballcarrier. Description Mark an offensive line with cones or use a line-strip. Description Set up 3 cones in a triangle about 10 yards apart. on command have the backfield player run parallel to the LOS to the contain man's side and only turn upfield outside the contain man.
Hit 1. 8. 4. sitting on heels. cannot stand up Shiver sled pad using hands and arms only Take three good shots with locked elbows Don't take a step . 2. Coach holds football on ground Defensive Linemen on knees and toes.Hit Progression Drills Purpose These Drills for Defensive Linemen help to teach and work on taking on the contact correctly with full body control. arch back. hands in crotch. Stay in hit position. hand shiver pad Throws hips. Hit. 2. 4. head up! Hips should be end up on sled pad Knees should come off the ground Go three times Hit. 6. 5. 7. 3. Description & Coaching Points 1. 3. Coach "snaps" the football Defensive Lineman gets off on snap.
4. Hip extension 1. 2. Sit on heels with toes under you. Fire out from a good stance Leave feet back in starting position Face on pad and lockout arms Force will cause you to land on belly . 3. 3. 3. 2. 4. Arms relaxed hands in crotch Strike pad and extend your hips to pad Force should bring knees off the ground. 4. Same as Hit.Step and Lockout 1. take three shots Lockout. 2. Hit. Hit but with a six inch step Strike the pad with locked elbows Hands and foot hit at the same time Don't stand up. Fire out with feet back 1.
From a good stance. stay in hit position Keep feet moving until "Break" Fire out and snap feet. snap feet under you Don't move sled You should end up in a good hit position Fire out and snap feet. 3. chop feet 1. fire out and lock out Simultaneously snap and "chop" your feet in place Don't drive sled. 3. Fire out and lock out Simultaneously snap your feet under you Without stopping your feet. 4. 3. 2. 2. 4. 2. drive the sled Drive sled until "Break" Equipment y y Football Blocking Sled .Fire out and snap feet 1. From a good stance fire out into pad At the same time you lockout. 4. drive sled 1.
Description & Coaching Points 1. 3. 2. 7. lockout Equipment . 4. 5.One-on-One Read Drill Purpose Defensive Line Drill to work on and automate the correct reaction to the different blocking attempts of the offensive linemen. Coach gives direction to Offensive Line Defensive Linemen assume their proper stance Coach "snaps" the ball Get off on snap with correct foot Take a six inch step. Don't stand up!! Get off at a good pad level Read the helmet direction of the offensive lineman Use your hands. 6. 8.
and shuffling into the indicated direction.Defensive Line Agility Drills: 4-pt wave drill Purpose The purpose of this drill is to get the players used to stay low and keep their feet moving all of the time. It also strengthens the shoulders and arms. watching the coach. i. sprinting 5 yards. defensive line comes off the ball with good pad level. always keeping their hands on the ground. holding a ball on the ground. Coach shall call out different signals to train defensive linemen to move only on movement of football. As a variation you can include seatrolls. Coaching Points y y Feet and hands should always be at a wide base. The coach stands in front of them. the coach can drop the football and have the players recover the fumble. Description Defensive linemen assume good stance on designated line. and when he moves the ball they start moving their feet. Description Players get into a good 4-pt stance about 2 to 3 yrds apart. Quick change of direction is more important than speed on the lateral movement. Equipment y Ball . Coaching Points y y y y Proper stance Weight forward Pad level Good key on football. Equipment y Ball Off the ball Purpose To develop quick reaction on movement of the ball for defensive line. Instead of a command and the final sprint. The coach shouts out a cadence.e. every change of direction begins with a seatroll to the new direction. On movement of football. On command the players will sprint past the coach.
11. 2. 5. and make it a "natural" body position for him. 12. heels flat Knees bent at 90 degrees Head up. Feet shoulder width apart Toes pointed straight downfield Weight on balls of feet. Description & Coaching Points 1. 10. 9. 3. 6. back straight Arms relaxed between knees On command HIT! bring hands up On command FEET! chop feet in place On command RIGHT! turn 1/4 turn right On command LEFT! turn 1/4 turn left Defensive Line Player must not stand up in "HIT" position This position is key to playing football Equipment . 7. 8.Quarter Eagle Drill Purpose To work on good hit position for the defensive line player. 4.
You can have the entire defensive unit perform the drill together. The defensive linemen who play on the left side of the ball will form the left line and the defensive linemen playing on the right side of the ball form the right line.Get Off Drill Purpose To develop the ability of the defensive linemen to explode off the ball. As the ball moves the defensive linemen get off on the movement and sprint for 5 to 10 yards straight ahead. Coaching Points y y y y Check for perfect stance of each player. The coach kneels between the players and simulates the snap of the ball. Watch the pad level of the players as the get off the ball. Equipment y Football . Description Let players form two lines. Provide input to each player on his first step. Each player should anticipate ball movement while taking the proper first step as he explodes from his stance.
On the next command they follow through.Defensive Line Tackeling Drills: Tackling progression drill Purpose To teach and improve proper tackling technique Description 1. Have offenders jog in a 45° angle also. Form tackle Same as above. Coaching Points 1. Offenders should not change direction or speed. make sure the form tackle will be done in one fluid motion. knees bent. Equipment . back straight. Fit and lift Additional: hips should roll. shoulder at beltbuckle. On command the designated offender jogs toward the defender. let them execute simultaneously. 3. rolling their hips and lifting their partner and taking him back a few steps. The offenders should assist the lift by hopping up on the second command. Fit and lift On command the designated defenders walk up to their partner and into a good fit position. Stress the importance of leverage. Fit Feet shoulder width apart. Do right and left shoulder. Fit On command the designated defenders walk up to their partner and into a fit position. arms around butt. For each progression step: start off one after the other. 3. head up. The defender meets him in proper tackling position and performs a form tackle. nor fight the tackle. 2. Form tackle Partners should be about 5 yards apart. They should stay in that position until the coach checked and possibly corrected the position. and as the players get better. 2. the lift should be caused by the rolling hips and the extension of the legs. Increase speed as players get better but not intensity of contact.
Get-Up and Go Tackling Drill Purpose Defensive Line Tackling Drill to work on getting quickly into a good hit positon to make a secure tackle. Two defensive linemen lie down on their backs. Description & Coaching Points 1. 3. 5. Defensive Line Tackler must move his feet all the time and stay in front of the ball carrier Equipment . 2. 4. head to head. use dummies or pylons to mark the boundary. On command. both defensive line men jump to their feet Tacklers makes a good form tackle on ball carrier Ball carrier must run between dummies/pylons. 2 yrds apart.
4. since the ball carrier will be quicker than in the Get-up and Go Form Tackling Drill Description & Coaching Points 1.This puts some more pressure on the Tackler to get up and into his hit position. head to the ball. . 3. pick up the ball and run between the dummies/pylons Tackling defensive line man must move his feet and stay in front of the ballcarrier Equipment . 5. Defensive Lineman lies on his back. 2. defensive lineman jumps to his feet and find the ball carrier The ball carrier is standing with his back to the ball Ball carrier must turn. use dummies or pylons to mark boundaries On command.Pick-up and Go Form Tackling Drill Purpose Defensive Line Drill to improve the quickness of the defensive linemen to get into a good hit position to make a secure tackle.
A player holding a hand shield just above his knees stands in front of each line. The defensive lineman should then execute a form tackle on the dummy. the defensive linemen get off and shoot their hands into the hand shields. the first lineman of each line gets into his stance. Good drill to be run without and with pads Coaching Points y y y proper stance length of the first step emphasize the explosive/violent punch of the hands (without leaning) and make sure that the shield is driven upward. who gives moderate resistance. at the same time he drives the shield holder. and 3 yards to the outside the original position of the shield holders.Throw the Hands Drill Purpose Defensive Line Drill to develop violent use of the hands to attack and shed off the blocker. Equipment y y y Football Hand shields Stand-up dummies . On movement of the ball. Description The players form two lines . standing 3-7 yards (varying during the drill) behind. then releases and sprints to the tackling dummy.the defensive linemen who play on the defensive left form the left line. keeping good balance to break away to different pursuit / tackling angles. and the defensive linemen who play on the right go to the right line. The coach kneels between the players and simulates the snap of the ball. backwards for two or three steps. The defensive lineman strikes the shield with the heels of his hands and drives the shield upward.
As a variation you can include seatrolls (only lateral movement). or throw a more or less interceptable pass and have them run it back. if the coach shows pass. and shuffling into the indicated direction. the coach can drop the football and have the players recover the fumble. Second command LB runs forward through bags with high knee action. i. every change of direction begins with a seatroll to the new direction. The coach shouts out a cadence. flexibility and footwork for linebackers Description On command LB assumes proper football position. Quick change of direction is more important than speed on lateral movement. they drop.Linebacker Agility Drills: High knees Purpose To develop agility. The coach stands in front of them. Equipment y Ball . On command the players will sprint past the coach. and quick reactions. Equipment y 4-5 square bags Wave drill Purpose Developing quick changes of direction. Instead of a command and the final sprint. holding a ball on the ground. watching the coach. and when he moves the ball they start moving their feet. Coaching Points Player drives off of proper foot.e. Description Players get into a good football stance about 2 to 3 yrds apart. if he shows run. Good high knee action with lengthening of stride. Gain maximum ground on 1st step. they come forward. Players should always maintain a wide base. (Rt/Lt) Elminate false steps. Coaching Points Feet should always be moving and never cross on lateral movement.
After the last dummie turn to sprint past the cone. then he runs forward in an 45degree angle to the next cone. 2. like on a straight zone drop. Equipment y y 4 cones Ball(s) Shuffle Hips Drill Purpose y y y y To develop quickness and change of direction to the Linebackers. maintaining a good leverage position throughout the drill. from there he runs to the starting cone.eyes up Stay tight with dummies Sprinting all the way through the cone Equipment y y 5 Stand up dummies Cone . farther apart works more on the shuffle) and a cone about 5 yards from the last dummy. 3. popping the hips as quickly as possible and continues shuffling. start over except do 45-degree drops and straight forward runs. 4.quick hip drill Linebacker should never cross his feet Maintain leverage with shoulders down . keeping good Linebacker position never crossing feet. The player lines up at the first dummy in a good Linebacker stance. You also can include shuffle passages. Description 1. This should be a technique drill not a conditioning drill. on this way the coach throws him the ball to intercept it. Coaching Points y y y y y This is a shuffle . When all players are through.Square drills Purpose To work on footwork on all phases of linebacker play. facing the coach. On signal the Linebacker shuffles through the dummies. Description Set up a square of about 6 by 6 yards with the cones. from which he drops again straight back to the last cone. Coaching Points Look for proper foot-technique at the change of direction. On signal the player runs to the next cone. (closer: works more on the hips. The player lines up at one cone facing away from the square. Set up 5 stand up dummys in a line about 3 yards apart.
Sprint toward the middle cone. The cones should all be spread about five yards apart from each other as shown. Touch the cone. Sprint toward the far cone. or keep the shoulders square and crossover run as he would chasing a RB down the line. 4.T Drill Purpose y y This Linebacker Drill works on conditioning and several skills that LBs must use at any given point in the game. Coaching Points y y y y y Sharp Cuts. 3. It's to work proper techniques and to put it all together. Shoot the arms. Never stand straight up. Depending on what you want to teach. Description 1. LB sprints to the next cone. keep the feet moving and hips low. you can have him sprint directly to the cone with his shoulders perpendicular to the line of cones. Plant at the back cone and burst forward meeting the RB for a nice form tackle. Make a good form tackle. Run back as the linebacker would in dropping into pass coverage to the back cone where he started. He must sink his hips and have arms out as if taking on a cut block. You can also have a coach hold a back out towards the LB and have the LB tap the bag down when he reaches the cone simulating the same movement. 2. grab cloth. The linebacker will start at the base of the T of cones. 6. Drop the ball when reach the final cone. but can be. Stay low when moving through the "T". 5. The linebacker will sprint up to the middle cone and catch a medicine ball at knee level. This does not need to be a full-pads drill. It will also help LBs practice changing direction quickly. A coach or player should throw a ball to him so that he can practice moving forward and catching at the same time. Catch the ball with proper technique. Equipment y Cones . keep the feet out of cement! Head up and eyes forward at all times.
At the end of the bags. "bam-bam" and go! This will ensure that the LBs do not slip taking too big of a plant step and it is definitely a quicker step than the longer plant step most players use. It should not be a huge step backwards that takes up time and wastes effort. 2. 3. Both methods will help increase the LBs movement and control of their body moving backwards and changing direction to come up and make the play. each straight path is sprinting forward. so he needs to sprint up Description 1. The second time through. Studder step. The plant is crucial. the coach can either throw a ball to him that he needs to turn and go grab. or you can practice your angle tackling with a RB. The feet need to take him backwards to gain depth while staying under control. while moving backwards. Start the LB moving at an angle. he should plant and come forward sprinting up. The LB should always stay facing forward towards the QB. 4. you can have the straight bags be the weave steps and have the LBs sprint up at an angle. Coaching Points y y y Make sure the Linebacker stays in a proper athletic stance throughout the entire drill Linebacker should keep his head up looking at the coach (into the backfield) never look down at the bags Stress the 2-studder-step "plant" Equipment y 5 Bags .Weave & Sprint Purpose y This drill mimics the LB dropping back into coverage and reading run. As the LB reaches the top of the angled bag. Each angled bag should be the weave step. This movement is called a Weave Step and he should not be backpedaling.
Then flip to other side. Coaching Points Have LB's place hands properly. On command they attack sled. Coaching Points Player must keep eyes up and outside leg back. separation and foot movement. Chest over knees and chin over toes. LB's working feet and hands throw sled and accelerate to ball carrier. Once in proper position find ball carrier.Linebacker Run Stopping Drills: Piano drill Purpose To develop body control. On command LB shuffles back two steps in football position & then shuffles forward to line touching line with both hands to simulate taking on blocker. Repeat two more repetitions. Equipment Shed and throw drill Purpose To develop proper position to defeat potential blocker and make the tackle. throw/rip and get to ball carrier. Maintain leverage. Description On three men sled LB's assume proper football position one yard from their sled. flexibility and reaction to a low block Description LB assume position with outside foot slightly back. A ball carrier is positioned 8 yards away and on command reacts in 45° angle in direction coach requests. Equipment y 3-men sled .
Linebackers have to be in proper stance and alignment before the "snap". Start off at half speed. Don't allow any sloppiness on either side. Make sure all linebackers get a sufficient number of repetitions. The intensity of contact should be low. Description Align 4 players as three OL-men plus a FB. Equipment . correct and quick reaction is the purpose of this drill.Read the play and react drill Purpose To teach the linebackers to read the block of the offensive lineman and recognize the play and react properly. Emphasize the correct movement while reading the block/play and the correct reaction to the read play. On the snap count the offensive players carry out their blocks and the linebacker reacts accordingly. and pick up the speed as players get better. Signal the offensive players their assignments and a snap count. include DL personnel if you don't have enough linebackers. Coaching Points Make sure offensive personnel carries out its assignments correctly. put two players as DL on the outside two OL and a LB on the middle OL.
Equipment y y 6 or 7 Cones Ball(s) . Coaching Points I believe that you have someone assigned for FILL. Have your linebackers read the opponents plays by watching the backfield action and get to their assignments. Description Place cones to represent the offensive linemen and have a QB or Coach and two running backs (these could be LBs playing RBs). You should have your opponents plays drawn up on cards. depending on the play read. CUTBACK and BOUNCE on every play. SCRAPE.Play Recognition Drill Purpose To teach the linebackers to read the play by watching the backfield and executing the corresponding task.
6 yards long. the first two will be 2 yards apart. (3 cones in a straight line. The LB will then change direction. see diagram below) The player should be in a good two point stance. stay square to the line of scrimmage. Description Set up 3 cones. (Keep your body level). Coaching points The CP¶s for the short shuffle is to keep the shoulders square and do not cross your feet. When he reaches that cone that is when he will react as if he has seen CNTR. the third will be 4 yards from those 2. Do not HOP while shuffling. 3 yards deep straddling the middle cone. begin a crossover run accelerating around the farthest cone. Equipment y 3 cones . This drill will teach a linebacker how to effectively change direction once he recognizes the play is a CNTR. While accelerating around the farthest cone. stay square to the line of scrimmage and the player should kick his heel out toward the direction he is moving. On the coaches command the LB will take 1or 2 short shuffles to the cone that is nearest to him. For the crossover run.Counter Drill Purpose This drill will help your Linebackers play the counter effectively. This will force the LB¶s hips and shoulder¶s to stay square. The CNTR (counter) is one of the more difficult running plays in football to defend.
Another important aspect of this drill is the crossover run. It is very important for the linebacker to NOT hop while shuffling. The objective is to not overplay the RB. There are two lines of players on either side of the cone. When the ball carrier hits the second cone he will begin a 3/4 sprint. enabling him to keep inside leverage. Finally at the fourth cone the ball carrier returns to a 3/4 sprint and the LB mirrors him with a crossover run.) It emphasizes not over playing a running back in case of a cut back. which forces the linebacker to get back into a slow shuffle. To maintain inside leverage the LB must keep the ball carrier on his outside shoulder at all times. Both the shuffle and the cross over run will be utilized in game situation.pitch. the player needs to stay square to line of scrimmage and kick his heel out towards the direction he is moving. continuing to keep inside leverage on the ball carrier. Equipment y y 5 cones Football . Coaching points The CP¶s for the shuffle is to keep shoulders square to the ball carrier or line of scrimmage and to not your cross feet. etc. which is used when the ball carrier picks up speed. It also teaches linebackers to shuffle without crossing there feet and staying square to the line of scrimmage. by always keeping his outside shoulder on the backside hip of the RB.outside zone option. The LB must keep inside leverage on the running back. The running back starts out in a slow jog. For the crossover run. which will force the linebacker begin a cross over run. This will force the LB¶s hips and shoulders to stay square. the linebacker (5 yards away) will shuffle ³mirroring´ the ball carrier.Mirror Drill Purpose The purpose of this drill is to teach linebackers how keep inside leverage on a running back on any outside Run (toss. The drill ends with both the RB and LB meeting on a 45 degree angle with a form tackle. When the ball carrier reaches the third cone he will then gear down to a slow jog. Description Set up 5 cones 10 yards apart. One line being the ball carrier and the other being the linebacker..
beating the cut block and then performing an open field tackle on the ballcarrier. beating a cut block and making a tackle on the move. The linebacker has to shed / beat that block and then continue along the line. It is important to first teach techniques before getting into more live action. who starts running. when the linebacker is engaged in the cut block. A second blocker (maybe throwing a tackling dummy) lines up about 5 yards to one side and about 2 yards back.shed skate tackle Purpose This drill teaches and improves the linebackers ability to shed a block. Description Position a blocker (with or without a blocking shield) in front of the linebacker. Therefore use shields and dummies for the blocks in the beginning and let the linebacker make "just" a form tackle. The drills starts with the blocker performing a base or reach block on the linebacker. Coaching Points Linebacker should always keep his balance and run low to be able to protect his knees. The ballcarrier lines up about another 5 yards outside and another 6 yards back. Go to more "live" action as the players improve on the technique. Equipment y y y Football Shield Tackling dummy .
Description Defensive linemen assume good pass rush stance on LOS. while defenders close to 'their' offensive lineman with good body lean and execute a pass rush technique when reaching OL. This drill can be done with or without pads (without pads it's a good prepractice warm-up routine).. hand quickness and correct technique is most important. designate one row as the passrushers and the other as passblockers.Linebacker Pass Rush Drills: Passrush technique drill Purpose To develop good feeling and automatism for the different passrush techniques Description Have LB pair up facing each other in a 2-point football position. On the whistle they reset. Call the technique they should use (bull. Equipment y Ball . On snap of football the offensive linemen shuffle straight back trying to avoid 'their' linebacker. rip. with changed designations. swim. Coaching Points y y y y Good movement off of ball Good body lean Eyes on blocker Make linebacker use a move. and the passrusher close on them and use the correct technique to pass him. Equipment Close drill Purpose To develop quickness and good body position while closing the distance between offensive blocker while pass rushing. . offensive linemen align off of defenders approximatly 3 to 4 yards off of LOS..) and the side they should pass the blocker. On command the passblockers drop back like a passblocker. Coaching Points Since this is not a physical drill.
head up. Offenders should not change direction or speed. The offenders should assist the lift by hopping up on the second command. 3. On the next command they follow through. On command the designated offender jogs toward the defender. Have offenders jog in a 45° angle also. nor fight the tackle. knees bent. Fit and lift On command the designated defenders walk up to their partner and into a good fit position. arms around butt. 2. For each progression step: start off one after the other. Do right and left shoulder. Description 1.Linebacker Tackling Drills: Tackling progression drills Purpose To teach proper tackling technique. 2. make sure the form tackle will be done in one fluid motion. Form tackle Same as above. shoulder at belt-buckle. They should stay in that position until the coach checked and possibly corrected the position. Fit On command the designated defenders walk up to their partner and into a fit position. Fit and lift Additional: hips should roll. let them execute simultaneously. Increase speed as players get better but not intensity of contact. and as the players get better. Form tackle Partners should be about 5 yards apart. the lift should be caused by the rolling hips and the extension of the legs. Coaching Points 1. Stress the importance of leverage. rolling their hips and lifting their partner and taking him back a few steps. back straight. Fit Feet shoulder width apart. The defender meets him in proper tackling position and performs a form tackle. 3. Equipment .
Coaching Points Check for proper body position on each contact. the designated defender will thrust his arms out to shed the would be blocker. As a variation you can have them moving down a line and have the defender perform an angle tackle. Second command ballcarrier takes two steps forward and breaks at 45° angle. Hit on the rise. Equipment y y Balls eventually cones to mark starting points Angle tackling drill Purpose To improve inside out path to ball carrier with good leg and hip explosion Description On command. when they meet. When they meet the third time the defender performs a form tackle.2-hits and a tackle drill Purpose Teach and practice the correct body position on shedding a blocker and regaining it for proper tackling. and on the variation an inside out leverage as well. Coaching Points Tackler must close distance keeping on ball carriers inside half to take away cutback. Tackler drives feet and ballcarrier back 2 yards. then they backpedal to their starting point and repeat. On command they jog at each other. Tackler must work form low plane to high plane. Description Align two players about 5 to 6 yards apart. tackler is in good football position. (For minimum contact work in 5 yards square) Equipment y y Ball(s) Cones . feet moving. Tackler moves when ball carrier does and drives through outside number and gets his number across ball carriers outside number.
Equipment y Balls . Hit on the rise. Make sure tackler makes good use of his arms (wrap-up) to prevent ballcarrier from falling forward. Step #2 Next blow the whistle and have the ball carrier and run at the defender full speed or walk to him half speed.e. Equipment y y 2 cones Balls Open field tackling drill Purpose Improve the chances of defenders to make a tackle in the open field. Step #3 Next have them switch such as ball carrier is now the defender and the defender is now the ball carrier. Coaching Points Defender must always keep his balance and his hips square. The ballcarrier (another linebacker or a runningback) lines up 2-3 yards in front of him. This drill should be run at full speed and therefore not the first tackling drill of the practice. Coaching Points Tackler must make good solid contact having his whole body in front of ballcarrier. in short-yardage situations. If working against the runningbacks you can make it more competetive by keeping score and have the "loosers" do some extra sprints or pushups. Description Step #1 Have two LB's stand 2-3 yards away from and facing each other. Constantly stress to the defender to move with him and stay broken down (knees bent and ready for him to try to run him over). One of them is the ball carrier and the other one is the defender. representing the goalline. Tackler must get under ballcarrier and work from low plane to high plane. while the linebacker has to prevent this. Have the ball carrier try to juke the defender. Description Place two cones three to five yards apart on any given line. On command the ballcarrier starts and tries to break the plane between the cones. Place one linebacker with his heels on the goalline. Go through this with all of your DB's and if you have an odd number of them have one who has already been pose as the ball carrier since this is a defensive position. holding a ball. Then have the defender react to what ever the ball carrier does like if he goes full speed lay a lick on him or if he goes half speed go half speed and thud him or hit lightly.Goalline tackling drill Purpose To teach and improve tackling technique to deny any gain after contact (i.
While dropping. Once he reaches the cone the coach will direct him to the deep cone. 4. The linebacker intercepts the ball. (see picture) 1. slow down no sooner than being past the coach Equipment y y 3 cones Ball(s) . Keep eyes on the ball when catching and tucking away. the coach varies the type of pass and possible interception points. The drill starts with the coach pointing the ball to one of the side cones. Full sprint past coach. 3. When getting to the middle cone. react on the QB/coaches eyes and shoulder movement when throwing the ball. Coaching Points y y y y y y Make sure linebacker is in a good stance when the drill starts Linebacker should get to the cones as fast as possible. The Linebacker positions himself 4 yards in front of the Coach in a good linebacker stance. The linebacker opens up and drops to that cone keeping the shoulders square. As players get better. and two cones 8 yards to the side and 12 yards deep. When he reaches this cone the coach throws the ball to the left or right of the linebacker but in a way that the pass is catchable for the linebacker. making it never too easy for the linebacker to catch the pass. tucks it and sprints past the coach. 2. 5. the linebacker should keep his shoulders square and his eyes on the QB/coach.Linebacker Coverage Drills: Diamond Break Drill Purpose This linebacker pass coverage drill is to improve y y y the opening of the hips and getting to the pass drop area the reading of the quarterback's eyes and shoulders the ability of the linebacker breaking to the ball Description Place one cone 20 yards deep.
Equipment y y Ball(s) eventually Quarterback . Description Let two LBs about 4-6 yards behind each other run towards the QB/Coach. intercepts it. The Passer throws the ball over the head of the first LB but so that he still can reach it and tip it up in the air. Look the ball in and put it away. Drop related to coverage and player drops to landmark on QB's drop. Aid in field awareness as well as reading QB's throwing action for break to ball Description Drill done with a defender in different position on the field relating to the hash marks or numbers. and then both sprint by the passer Coaching Points Stress intercepting high with arms. calls out "Bingo". Equipment y y Ball(s) eventually Quarterback(s) Tip drill Purpose To improve ability to break to a tipped pass and intercept it. Coaching Points Make sure player does not continue to drift when QB sets. Player must shuffle to anticipate throw with QB's shoulders and eyes looking in opposite direction.Linebacker Interception Drills: Angle interception Purpose To improve actual angle to drop area. hands and fingers extended. The second defender goes for the ball. Player sets and reacts accordingly to eyes and shoulder movement of QB. Be in football position to break.
if the player can't catch the ball. and Catching the interception. 3. 5. Upon command the drill starts and the linebacker begins backpedaling and the passer steps towards one of the "receivers" and throws (a slow high pass) to that "receiver". 4. Put 2 cones about 10 yards apart on a line.. in hitting position moving his feet.. Concentrating on the ball. Coaching Points y y y y y y good backpedal no false steps on the break . Description 1. at least he has to get a hand on it deflecting or better: knocking it down sprint past the coach Equipment y y Ball(s) 2 cones . The Linebacker positions himself in the middle between the receivers about 2-3 yards in front of them. catches the interception in front of the "receiver" and returns the ball past the coach/passer in full sprint. modification: start by putting the linebacker on a given spot. The linebacker reads the passers step (and commitment) to the receiver and breaks towards that receiver.Break Drill Purpose This Linebacker Interception Drill works on four phases: y y y y The break on the Quarterback. 2.plant foot immediately when passers steps sprint in front of the receiver keep eyes on the ball catch ball at highes possible point . and a "receiver" over each cone. The passer (coach) lines up about 10-12 yards in front of the linebacker. The correct break angle.
The linebacker reads the passers step (and commitment) to the receiver and breaks towards that receiver. Upon command the linebacker starts backpedaling and the coach or passer steps towards one of the "receivers" and throws (a slow pass) over the head of that "receiver" who will deflect the pass. 2. modification: when introducing the drill put the linebacker in a more stationary position just chopping his feet. 4. The Linebacker lines up right between the cones. Put 2 cones about 10 yards apart on a line.. 3. The proper angle of the break. and Catching the deflection.Deflection Drill Purpose This Linebacker Interception Drill works on four phases: y y y y The quick break on the ball. and a "receiver" over each cone.no false steps sprint to the receiver keep eyes on the ball sprint past the coach Equipment y y Ball(s) 2 cones . Coaching Points y y y y y good backpedal plant foot for the break . Description 1. catches the deflection and sprints with the ball past the coach/passer. The coach or a passer lines up about 12 yards in front of the linebacker. 5.. Focussing on the ball.
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