LINEBACKER PROGRESSION DRILLS

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TEACH IN A PROGRESSION SHOW THEM THE FIRST STEPS BEFORE ALLOWING THEM TO CONTINUE. MAKE THEM DO THINGS RIGHT DON T SETTLE FOR ANYTHING BUT THE CORRECT WAY. KEEP IT SIMPLE DON T TELL THEM TO DO SEVEN DIFFERENT THINGS AT ONCE. DON T TALK FOREVER DEMOSTRATING IS MUCH BETTER. ONLY PRACTICE THINGS WE WILL USE IN A GAME. TELL THEM THE REASON WHY THE DRILLS WILL HELP THEM AND WHAT ASPECT OF THEIR GAME.

STANCE: TWO POINT STANCE, FEET SHOULDER WIDTH POINTING STRAIGHT AT THE LOS. PRIOR TO START OF PLAY ROLL UP ON BALLS OF FEET. SLIGHT BEND IN THE KNEES, BACK STRAIGHT ELBOWS AT SIDE WITH HANDS NUMBERS HIGH PALMS POINTING AT LOS. THEY SHOULD AWAYS START DRILLS OUT OF THEIR STANCE.

TO IMPROVE READING REACTION AND GET THEM MOVING FORWARD AT THE SNAP OF THE BALL. . Coaching Points: 1. (ten reps) Step 2: Repeat 1 w/o freeze. 4. 2. 3. The back side backer follows just behind the runner watching for cut back. Make sure they start in proper stance.LINEBACKER PROGESSION DRILL #1 ³READ STEP & PURSUIT DRILL´ DRILL: Step 1: Coach simulates the snap and players take short step with inside foot and freeze. Backers should pursue with shoulders parallel to LOS. w/o freeze. TO IMPROVE / UNDERSTAND PURSUIT ANGLES AND LINEBACKER TEAMWORK. then coach runs a sweep to his left. On pass read make sure they don¶t go more than 15 yards deep. (make sure they still take there read step) run in slow motion a few times before going half then full speed. On sweep make sure play side backer take proper angle and gets his head across the coach when making slow motion tackle. The play-side backer pursues the back side hip of the runner. Their legs should not cross. then coach either runs a sweep or brings ball up to ear and gives a pass look. 5. shields step 3: Repeat 1. If pass look the backers should drop into their zone coverage areas. On sweep make sure the away back watches for counter . PURPOSE: 1. 2.

tailback is the ball carrier the full back is the lead blocker. Make sure on the sweep that the play-side backer gets his head across the runner when making the tackle. The coach points to the hole or sweep he wants them to run to and lead blocker and tailback head that direction. 2. Purpose: 1. 3. Teach proper LB techniques. Teach LB that they must take on blockers and not run around them. On sweep make sure the away back watches for counter . Attack block with inside shoulder then forearm shiver and push away with opposite arm to shed tackle.LINEBACKER PROGESSION DRILL #2 ³LEAD BLOCK DESTRUCTION´ Drill: Two runners in I -formation with hand shields . Keep shoulders square to LOS. . don¶t cross feet. 2. the ball carrier either cuts to the inside of the blocker or outside (don¶t let him cut too wide) if he cuts inside the backside backer should be there to make the play if he cuts outside the play-side back should shed the block and make a form tackle on the tailback. shield Coaching Points: 1. 4. Play-side linebacker needs to step up and hammer the lead shield keeping his outside shoulder free.

5. Teach LB that they must take on blockers and not run around them. 4. Attack block with inside shoulder then forearm shiver and push away with opposite arm to shed tackle. . don¶t cross feet. On sweep make sure the away backer watches for counter . 3. 2. Make sure on the sweep that the play-side backer gets his head across the runner when making the tackle. Make you point out the teamwork involved in ³Trapping´ the runner from going in or outside his block. Keep shoulders square to LOS. shield Purpose: 1. The away backer must pursue and look for the cut back. 2.LINEBACKER PROGESSION DRILL #3 ³END BLOCK DESTRUCTION´ Drill: Coach simulates snap on ³GO´ and two TE w/ shields try to block the LB on their side. Teach proper LB techniques and teamwork Coaching Points: 1. The coach either sweeps Left or right and LB must come up take on the block with his inside shoulder give him a forearm and push him off and inside with his outside arm the coach tries to cut outside of the blocker and can even run with a big stand up dummy so the LB can make a tackle on the dummy he is holding.

Don¶t have to bring runner to the ground. Tackle should have perfect form and get head across ball carrier executing the 5 step tackle. 3. VARIATION: BALL CARRIER CAN FAKE AND JUKE HOWEVER HE WANTS BEFORE ENTERING HOLE. DRILL: BALL CARRIER TO HAVE PROTECTIVE SHIELD. COACH SHOULD STAND BEHIND LINEBACKER AND POINT TO THE HOLE THE CARRIER NEEDS TO RUN TO.LINEBACKER PROGESSION DRILL #4 INSIDE LINEBACKER / SAFETY ³EYE OPENER´ DRILL PURPOSE: TEACH LINEBACKERS TO STEP UP AND FILL HOLE AND PROPER ANGLES. CAN GO WITHOUT SHIELD BUT WE WANT THEM ALL TO CRAVE CONTACT NOT OVER DUE IT. TACKLER NEEDS TO MEET HIM IN THE HOLE AND MAKE PERFECT 5 POINT TACKLE. 2. Tackler should meet runner in the hole. (CAN BE COACH WITH STAND UP DUMMY) IN EARLY SEASON. C SHUFFLE Coaching Points 1. Tackler should scrape to the gap while keeping the shoulders square to the line of scrimmage and mirroring ball carrier movement. .

RUNNER MAY DO ANYTHING HE WANTS TO DEFEAT THE TACKLER.LINEBACKER PROGESSION DRILL #5 OPEN FIELD TACKLING DRILL Drill: 1. 8 YARDS 12 YARDS . RUNS DOWN SIDE LINE. HE MAY ONLY MAKE ONE CUT TO BEAT DEFENDER. BLOW A QUICK WHISTLE. RUNNER HEADS TO OPPOSITE CONES. TACKLER SHOULD APPROACH THEN BREAK DOWN WITH SHORTER STEPS AND MAKE FORM TACKLE 4. 3. 2.

LB/S drill #1 . EARLY ON ONLY HAVE THEM MAKE CONTACT AND DRIVE (DON¶T BRING RUNNER TO THE GROUND) RUNNING BACK MUST RUN TO THE OPPOSITE CONE IF THEY DO NOT THEN MOVE THEM BACK A LEVEL.LINEBACKER PROGESSION DRILL #6 LINEBACKER ANGLE TACKLE DRILL CONES AT 5 YDS C SHUFFLE PURPOSE: TEACH LINEBACKERS TO STEP UP AND FILL HOLE AND MAKE TACKLE ON OFFTACKLE PLAYS DRILL: LINEBACKER SHUFFLES TO THE SIDE THEN MAKES FORM ANGLE TACKLE.

DRILL: LINEBACKER SHUFFLES TO THE SIDE WATCHING THE INSIDE HIP OF THE RUNNING BACK THEN PERFORMS FORM TACKLE. COACH: BLOW A QUICK WHISTLE ON CONTACT LB/S drill #2 .LINEBACKER PROGESSION DRILL #7 LINEBACKER CUT BACK TACKLE DRILL CONES AT 5 YDS C SHUFFLE PURPOSE: TEACH LINEBACKERS WHEN PURSUING TO PROTECT AGAINST CUT BACK. Running back may go to either cone.

2. 3. Running plays make sure they take proper angles and hustle to the ball. Alignment: (4-6 yd from LOS 2 yard out) Coach: Hands off on dive play. Passing plays: Look for slant then drop into there zone. 1. Stance: Two Point stance. LB/S DRILL #4 . off-tackle . 2. he can pretend to block corner. 4. 3. pitches. ³YELL PASS´ Just start with first step then walk-thru each different offensive play then run. They need to aggressively pursue the ball. Move WR position around from end of line to split way outside. Or he drops back and looks for receiver on fly or slant route. On outside plays aim for hip then get head in front or ³Bite the Ball´ technique.LINEBACKER PROGESSION DRILL #8 READ/REACT DRILL 1. sweeps.

shedding and makes tackle. Coach pitches to RB who tries to run between cones. LB/S DRILL #5 . Can also run with a dummy . End tries to reach block the Safety/ LB (Start w/ Shield) The LB takes on the Block keeping outside leverage. 3. 2.LINEBACKER PROGESSION DRILL #9 SAFETY/MLB STRING DRILL Coaching Points 1.

KEEPS OUTSIDE LEVERAGE AND TRIES TO FORCE RB TO CUT BACK OR SHEDS BLOCKER. CORNER. PITCHES TO RB WHO TRIES TO GET TO OUTSIDE CONES.LINEBACKER PROGESSION DRILL #10 SHED/ LEVERAGE DRILL    C  COACH. Corner Drill #2 . WR BLOCKS THE CORNER TRYING TO PIN INSIDE. CORNER SHOULD ATTACK THE WR KEEPING HIS OUTSIDE SHOULDER CLEAR.

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