Beachwood High School Linebackers

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Beachwood Bison LINEBACKER TECHNIQUES

Beachwood High School Linebackers

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LINEBACKERS:

PERFORMANCE CHART

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Tackles (+2) Asst Tackles (+1) Tackle for Loss (+3) Sack (+5) Take Two (+1)

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TOTAL TACKLES
Tattoo (+2) QB Harass (+2) Big Hit (+4) Big Play (+3) Caused Fumble (+5) Recovered Fumble (+5)
Deflection/ Break-Ups (+3)

Interception (+6) Blocked Kick (+6) Safty (+4) TOTAL XTRA POINTS Missed Tackle (-1) Loaf (-3) Mental Error (-2) Penalty (-3)

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Beachwood High School Linebackers

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A “PRO”
(A PROFESSIONAL WHO PLAYS FOOTBALL)
1. Always early Needs to study on own: game plan, ready list, opponents film or notebook to prepare for start of day’s work. 2. Mentally alert Adds to provided information by own additional observations. 3. Mentally inquisitive Inquires of other players or coaches on their observations of situations. 4. Mentally challenging Will not allow himself to error in practice - always reinforces defensive call with “reminders” prior to snap. 5. Physically prepared Never tires in practice or game - motivates and pushes himself in practice sprints to ball every time. 6. “Competes” Thrives on challenges - the tougher the better. Especially one-on-one physical contests. 7. Football player Plays hard to the ball and thrives on being physical thru the ball. 8. A “leader” By example, he epitomizes the way the game should be played.

Learns defensive scheme 2. He always Finishes the play . Learns and habitize techniques 1. Aligns properly and is ready to Adjust and play 2.Beachwood High School Linebackers 4 1.

Do not ever become an "I thought" player. AND BE MENTALLY TOUGHER than anybody on the field.We must always OUT HUSTLE. Each of us will clearly comprehend what . ATHLETIC ABILITY 5. HATE TO LOOK BAD ATTITUDE GENERAL: There is not another position on defense that enables you to get as much action as linebacker. GREAT FOOTBALL INSTINCTS 3. we accept the responsibility of coordinating the front. it is important that you spend twice as much time concentrating during the time spent on and off the field. We look for the following characteristics in our Linebackers: 1. and therefor. you must work harder than any other member of the football team must.Beachwood High School Linebackers 5 All good defenses have GREAT Linebackers! What we are looking for in our Linebackers at the OREGON STATE BEAVERS is a player who can STUFF the run with the athletic ability to cover both running backs and receivers in their routes. Your time must be spent between run and pass. and make any necessary calls at the LOS. The thing that beats any team is mistakes. You either know it or you don't. Because of the need for great linebacking in order to be champions. This season we will be much improved in our understanding of each opponent. OUT HIT. As inside linebackers. locate the tight end. LEADERSHIP 2. TOUGHNESS 4. You must be a leader. You are directly involved in the running game and must play a vital part in pass defense. It is our responsibility to call the defense.

Beachwood High School Linebackers 6 OUT HUSTLE OUT HIT BE MENTALLY TOUGH .

3. Linebackers versus the Run and Pass Eyes: The proper use of your eyes is as important to you as any other physical skill. successful if your feet are slow. but sometimes the offensive play will dictate when we use a forearm/shoulder . You must see correctly in order to make the proper reaction. 4. .Beachwood High School Linebackers 7 A. Feet: Feet are important for every defensive football player.valuable because of the size of opposing lineman. What a player keys and sees will help him react. 2. Forearm/Shoulder: We would prefer to use our hands. You can’t be. 1. Hands: Know how to deliver the “hand shiver” and where to “grab” the offensive player.

Beachwood High School Linebackers 8 ALIGNMENT ASSIGNMENT ADJUSTMENT .

Screens c. Know individual and team strengths. ALIGNMENTS A. backfield set or formation. MOVEMENT I. Align to execute * Coaching Point . 3. Remember to loosen your depth on long yardage downs. Remind team of opponent's tactics: a. 4. 2. Know our adjustments . Reverses 5. Draws b.Beachwood High School Linebackers 9 General Information PRIOR TO THE GAME 1. During timeouts and on the sideline. Be a leader. WHAT WE MUST BE AWARE OF DURING THE GAME 1. Your depth off the ball is Heels at 4 yards. Know and recognize formation and alignment sets. MACK – Base. distance. this will vary by your run and pass responsibility.Your depth will be adjusted by your assignment and field situation long .Base. Align to execute WILL . Bootleg d. 3. B. and field position). 2.Your alignment may change according to coverage. Know opponent tendencies. KEY.game situations. * Coaching Point . STANCE. ALIGNMENT. 4. find out where and how they are attacking. Delays e. Align to execute SAM . Know situation and time (down.Base.

stance is a parallel E.It is important to assume a stance that when you move have to raise or lower yourself. * Coaching Point .Will be the offensive line.Offensive Backs . B. Both heels are on the ground. The hands dangle at approximately F. The eyes should be focused on the offensive key. We must know which back is our key . we will Track him for or away. Essentially. C. or pass. but not tense. Therefore. Most initial linebacker movement is made in a lateral direction. run to we are in or out of WE MUST BE DISCIPLINED TO READ OUR KEYS AND REACT ACCORDINGLY EVERY TIME! . the two-point stance.will provide basic read. KEY A.prior to every `play we must identify if the box knee level. Primary Key .Beachwood High School Linebackers 10 General Information II. it is football's basic hitting positions. III. but the weight is placed on the balls of the feet. laterally. B. You don't our initial key. The feet are shoulder width apart C. D. STANCE A. The upper body is coiled. Secondary Key . The knees are bent slightly.

All movement must be done with maximum effort. C. When the shuffle is not fast enough. Lean in the direction you want to go. Turn the shoulders to run. 1. Do not waste motion or become over-extended. General thoughts regarding movement: 1. MOVEMENT A. . Short jab step with the lead foot. 3. Cross over with the back foot and open the hips. 1. still keeping the shoulders parallel to the LOS.Beachwood High School Linebackers 11 General Information IV. 2. Keep the elbows close to the body as you shuffle. 3. D. until you know where the ball is going. B. Shuffle without crossing the feet. 2. it is necessary to run laterally. Keep the shoulders parallel to the LOS and swing the arms naturally. 2. Then slide the back foot laterally.

It is essential in striking a blow to: 1. hips. back. Strike with the hands and lockout elbows up through the Blocker. Keep the shoulders square. Maintain a good base. I. 6. Do not stay blocked. 3. The majority of your power will come from your hip snap and leg explosion. Maintain a balanced position and do not over-extend.Beachwood High School Linebackers 12 Strike and Shed When you strike a blow it must be a coordinated explosion of the legs.Do not wind up or waste motion as the blow is delivered. and arm. 3. keeping the head up and the back arched. 5.Deliver 1. Blocker attacks above the waist . * Coaching Point . 5. Unload . Grip cloth lock out elbows. Use the outside hand to push and throw off the offensive man. 4. Shuffle and keep the leverage arm free. 7. choppy steps. 2. 2. 4. Keep your head up. Get chin under pad. Keep the shoulders parallel to the LOS. shoulder. 8. Take a short step toward the Blocker with the inside foot. The blow is struck with the palm of the hands under the Blocker's pads. Accelerate the feet upon contact with short.Do not catch. .

5. Strike the Blocker's helmet and/or shoulder pads with your hands. React to the Blocker's head and slide in that direction striving to maintain leverage. locking your arms out.Beachwood High School Linebackers 13 II. Keep the shoulders parallel to the LOS and be the first to move after separation. 2. and thrusting your feet backward to gain separation. 4. Blocker attacks below the waist . 3. .Deliver hand shiver 1. but be able to see the ball carrier peripherally. Concentrate on the Blocker. Try and get the Blocker's head turned. Use your hands when taking on Blocker in the open field.

2. come under the Blocker. IV. Crack Block 1.Never give more than two yards. Turn shoulders and change up whether you avoid Blocker or run through the Blocker.Beachwood High School Linebackers 14 Strike and Shed III. 3. Give ground if necessary. Pull hard with your outside hand on the outside pad of the Blocker. Shoulder Pull 1. 2. working the outside 2/3's of the Blocker. 5. This technique will be used when the Blocker has a cut off angle on you. This technique will be used by the backside linebackers to defeat a cutoff block by the center or the guard. Strike the Blocker with your inside arm. Regain the ground lost and regain the proper angle on the football. Go under all crack blocks unless the Blocker is too flat to beat then use a dip and whip technique with the inside shoulder and forearm. and get over the top of the Blocker. 2. where the backs have taken a wide angle. Dip the back shoulder and forearm and whip it through the Blocker's head. 4. 3. keeping the feet back. V. . * Coaching Point . Push off with the front hand. Dip and Whip 1.

Beachwood High School Linebackers 15 VI. make contact on the offensive’s side of the LOS and explode through the blockers in the back field. GAP FILL 1. This technique will be used when the Blocker has position on you and the ball carrier or second blocker is tight to the first blocker. we must always go for the second man. . weather he is a blocker or the ball carrier. Take the Blocker on right down the middle. Make the ball spill outside and backward. 3. 2.

maintain a position which will take away the cut back. 6. arrive in a bad mood. Do not create a seam for him to run up field. 2. 5. Keep the ball carrier on your leverage shoulder against a wider play to your side. Recovering a fumble. Throwing a block that breaks a runner on an interception. Tackling. G.Beachwood High School Linebackers 16 Pursuit. Making a game saving tackle. When you get to the ball. Tipping a ball that causes an interception. 3. B. 4. PURSUIT A. E. Making an interception. Why do we pursue to the football? When we run to the football good things will happens like: 1. Make the ball carrier run in a lateral direction. When the ball carrier goes away. Take a deeper angle when the football is further away. . Making a hit that causes a fumble. Pursue laterally until the ball carrier has turned up field and then attack with proper leverage. C. Fumble Recovery I. D. F.

When possible. I. . Always keep you head up and your back arched. B. H. TACKLING A. Do not raise or lower yourself from a good hitting position. Also keep the following in mind in open field tackling: 1. Force him to make a decision. In tackling it is important to hit on the rise. Take away a side and know where your help will come from. by ripping the arms and shooting the hips through the ball carrier. use the sideline to your advantage by being under control and taking away the cutback. Stay square in a good football position when approaching the ball carrier. keep the eyes open and stay square with the ball carrier. Accelerate the foot movement with the feet shoulder width apart and wrap the arms with authority. Hitters are knee benders. Grab cloth. Attack the ball carrier. 2. D. Drive through the ball carrier and don't stop until the whistle has blown. C. F. Never hit with the top of your helmet.Beachwood High School Linebackers 17 II. Bow the neck. G. where by the ball carrier is put on his back. E. A correct tackle results when the defensive man has collided with the ball carrier.

and lying on our side in a cradle position. B. When the ball is on the ground. pulling the ball into our body. Fumble Recovery III. C. When recovering a fumble on the sideline make sure to use your body as screen to keep the ball from going out of bounds. . Tackling. If their doubt of recovery possession of the football is primary.Beachwood High School Linebackers 18 Pursuit. we must dive after it by extending our arms. secure the football and score. When the ball is on the ground and you can scoop the ball. FUMBLE RECOVERY A.

C. play flow to partner's gap. . When playing fill. Fill to the V of the neck of YOUR RESPONSIBILITY B. LINEBACKER RULES REGARDING RUN RESPONSIBILITY OFF THE BALL A. Play over the top or cut back depending on run entry assignment. If flow goes away. When playing your gap. moving toward the LOS. attack the ball carrier with leverage.Beachwood High School Linebackers 19 Run Responsibility I. strike through the face with the inside or outside arm keeping your other arm free. and force the ball carrier back to your help. If flow comes to your side. D. play fill responsibility.

HOLD or AVOID . . 2. 6.Staying in control of the Blocker until the ball has declared or avoiding Blocker to get to ball carrier. 7. TACKLE .Relentless desire to get to the ball. 4. 5. READ .Utilization of the upper body and lower Body to defeat a Blocker. SHED .Beachwood High School Linebackers 20 II. it becomes necessary to follow a series of progressions. 3. PURSUE .A collision and take down between the linebacker and ball carrier.The quick acceleration off the Blocker to the ball carrier. In order to maximize our success as linebackers. STRIKE .Proper footwork needed to get to your area of responsibility. LINEBACKER PROGRESSION A. The utilization of the hands and feet are critical. The following is the progression for running plays.Recognition of the key and reaction to it. 1. MOVEMENT .

A correct initial reaction to your key is vital if you are to make the play. Mack.The key which is the most reliable to initially give play direction to you. and Will Keys (Base / Over/Under) Look to the near back across pads of the offensive line.Beachwood High School Linebackers LINEBACKER KEYS . Sam. Secondary . You must focus on the back and track his path.Keys which will help you determine run. Secondary .WILL AND SAM 21 Always key the most reliable player to initially direct your movement. Primary .Near back.Guard. A. pass or where your play entry will be and how fast you should react. We will place keys into two categories: A. far back (Will: Tackle / Guard) BASE OVER UNDER W M S W S w m s M . or backs B. this will take you to your assignment. Primary . B.

Beachwood High School Linebackers 22 LINEBACKER KEYS (CONT. Your initial key will only trigger your first step. d. 2.Backfield action is away from you.Backfield action is less direct. Away Read . Counter Reads .Backfield action is quick and outside.in the “box” (Tackle to Tight End) 1.Backfield action is hard into A or B gap. Vision back key to playside guard. c.) B. Basic Reads: a. but still inside and has cutback potential. Stack Read . You now play through your specific responsibility or attack point on L. Keying: a. Tight Read .Backfield action starts in one direction and ball carrier hits in the other direction. Pass responsibility and backfield set will influence keying.S. b. Ball can hit from the far A-gap to outside.O. WILL/ SAM . Perimeter Read . The ball can hit anywhere inside the box (Tight End to Tight End). e. You must continue to key and locate the ball. .

Keep back slightly arched and head up. Base . Toes pointed up the field . Body .heels behind toes. Feet should be parallel . Basic Tools A.) 3. have slight Arms .On balls of feet with heels slightly raised.Legs slightly bent. Stance: The proper stance permits quick and powerful movement in any direction. Height of stance is regulated by the bend in the knees.can stagger. fingertips may be on thigh. Weight .Bent in a natural position.Feet should be no wider than shoulder width.Beachwood High School Linebackers 23 LINEBACKER KEYS (CONT. Each individual will have subtle differences in their stance. .

we can be a factor. We will relate to a receiver In coverage. 2. The outside backers will relate to the number 2. This angle will put the LBer in a better and faster cover position on a receiver. a pass key can only go: 2 or 3 Inside 2 or 3 Outside 2 or 3 Straight 2 or 3 Block 2 or 3 Release across formation in the backfield .Beachwood High School Linebackers 24 GENERAL POINTS IN PASS COVERAGE A. Initial Drop Technique a. Vision Point vs. but the receiver must be located (“visioned”) by 6 yards into his route.3 receivers and the middle backer will relate to the number 3 receiver. this will determine the angle of the drop. This usually is by the 3rd step of LBer drop. b.Step QB Drop (“90 / 90”) On any 3-Step drop by the QB. Once the key is established. Aiming Point Every time we drop we will have an initial aiming point. Pass Key (Pattern Read) On every zone drop. We must recognize formations and call out alerts to jump patterns. Remember.We must slide to the receivers and not work for depth and look for new 2’s and 3’s underneath and check quaterback. General Principles in Zone Coverage 1. the LBer (inside/outside) pass receiver to key. 3.

Head on “Swivel” Once the pattern is read and the LBer is in the throwing lane.Beachwood High School Linebackers 25 GENERAL POINTS IN PASS COVERAGE 3. 4. Disrupt Receivers Disrupt receivers anytime it is possible without disrupting your own drop. especially crossing routes. Do not defend “grass”. Stay low in your stance with shoulders forward. 5. Do not “Zone” empty area . the head must get back to the QB and the ball. Steel 2nd Base When we key the set and transfer of the Quarterback we must treat him as a Pitcher that we are trying to get a jump on to steel 2nd base in baseball. Get to position quickly. . Be sure to communicate the receivers route to other defenders. “Zone” close enough to threaten receivers to catch the ball. Final Read in Zone is QB to break on ball.Zone to receivers.

no matter where you are in relation to the ball and/or receiver. transfer. 3 Step Drop = Short / Quick Routes (5-6 yards) 5 Step Drop = Medium Routes (8-12 yards) 7 Step Drop = Deep / Crossing Routes (15+ yards) .Beachwood High School Linebackers 26 GENERAL POINTS IN PASS COVERAGE 5. Breaking on Ball The LBer must work back to QB. Be sure to get the ball at its highest point. You must sprint to the ball in the air . 6. since the receiver is usually working back to QB. After catch secure the ball and get outside the #’s immediately. This will determine the depth of the receivers route. and release by the quarterback. NOTE: The QB sets at various depths. Intercept Catch the ball with two hands and concentrate on front tip of the ball. We must recognize the set.

and no help.Beachwood High School Linebackers 27 GENERAL POINTS IN PASS COVERAGE C. 3. General Principles of Man Coverage 1. help outside.but your techniques will remain basically the same. Always know where your help will come from.never be out of position to make the play 2. Make Tackle Always be in position to make the tackle . the LBer must concentrate on his man totally. Help There are basically three ways to play M/M . . Receiver Concentration In M/M. Your positioning will vary based on the help . Concentrate on the base of his numbers. The exact positioning will vary based on where help is coming from in the coverage.help inside.

“form a wall” and never allow the receiver inside. work your hips to the receiver and look to the QB.never cross over. 2. Shuffle forward early to get in “position” with proper footwork (try not to open gates and let receiver have a free release). Extend the arms and catch the receiver. Closing on the Receiver Once the receiver has committed. bend at the knees and ankles and keep your feet alive. Close the cushion. Look to the receiver and don’t look for the ball until you are close enough to touch him. he will be able to explode away. If the receiver gets his shoulders into you.do not give him a hard surface to use as a launching pad. 3. Position When holding an inside position. Basic Coverage Techniques in M/M 1. When you feel this technique. sprint to him. “glue” on the receiver . . Footwork Take short. Once you can touch him. use your palms as cushions. Don’t allow the receiver into your body.Beachwood High School Linebackers 28 GENERAL POINTS IN PASS COVERAGE D. get in-stride. Shuffle as long as the receiver is vertical . quick steps. Make sure you stay low.

If going for interception. he normally makes the tackle. A block on him usually means a long return.Beachwood High School Linebackers 29 GENERAL POINTS IN PASS COVERAGE 4. . Be sure of the tackle .catch up! 5. Block for man who intercepts Block the intended receiver. Closing to the ball in the air When the ball is thrown. get the ball at its highest point (work hips tight to the receiver).“strip and wrap”. make certain you “strip” the arm you are closest to and drive the arm down. accelerate and meet the ball at its highest point. 6. If the receiver is too far from you . Strip Receiver When making the tackle on the receiver.

6.Beachwood High School Linebackers 30 E. (“Do I convert” or know when to convert”). Concentrate on base of #’s and hips of your man. . Get to 2 yards from receiver quickly. 2. 8. Soft catch receiver. 5. Get control of your man Strip and wrap or intercept. Get inside hand on his inside hip. M/M Coverage . Sprint to proper coverage position on receiver. Build a wall on inside 3/4’s of his body with shoulders square. 7. 3. Know where you will get help.LB’s 1. 4.

Rip outside elbow and fist hard into the Blockers back. Plant the outside foot and execute ice pick move and come under Blocker. and once even. Keep feet moving at all costs. Don’t stop so you have to re-start. Get off the ball quickly.limit lateral movement. dip your inside shoulder and squeeze pocket to QB. Once the drive to the QB has begun. B. General Points 1. Keep separation from Blocker and be sure not to lose sight of the QB. You may step inside early to set the speed rush up. If being driven by the QB and not closing on the QB: A. slow “setter” .Have A Plan! 1. reach to the QB with the outside arm. if you are getting driven past the QB but are still closing on the QB. Feel the Blocker and see the QB! If you make moves too soon. B. or just pass Blocker’s shoulder. When to use speed rush: Use vs. Specific Pass Rush Technique . Speed Rush Sprint up field. A good start is critical . you will be close to the Blocker and he will get into your body and hold. Plant the inside foot. then Blocker can recover. Keep hands inside Blocker’s hands. If you make the move too late. lean into the Blocker and spin under to QB.Beachwood High School Linebackers 31 Pass Rush Techniques A.

step fake inside . or over extends. jump back outside and execute swim opposite the turn. Swim Technique Step . .then club outside hand on outside shoulder and “Dip / Rip” inside arm under Blocker’s armpit and close to the QB. keep hips facing to QB! When to use Swim: Use vs. Blocker who is single blocking with no help. extremely large Blocker Use vs. Use vs. Blocker who turns his shoulders quickly.Beachwood High School Linebackers 32 Pass Rush Techniques 2.Fake Grab and Swim Past . When to use Club Rip” Use vs. Counter Club Rip Technique Drive to Blocker. Grab cloth behind outside shoulder pad.Turn Blocker’s shoulders with a step fake inside. blockers that set too high 3. pull and go by. blockers that are overly conscious of protection of the inside gap Use vs.

Back settles on you. stop and spin back into the Blocker. Time your stunt . Drive outside arm to his outside shoulder. F. It also can be used as a counter move B. then drop your hand to push off. Work to half a man. F. Grab cloth and turn your shoulders. G. Point your elbow to his rib cage. D. Get your eyes in his ear hole. H. After your first move. C. Accelerate off the move to the Quarterback ICE PICK SPIN A. Point toe to Quarterback. E. Throw your inside arm over his shoulder. clear your hips and step through. Get off the block.don't give the stunt away unless stunt requires.Beachwood High School Linebackers 33 CLUB ( GRAB) SWIM A. Accelerate off the move to the Quarterback . Release inside hand and pull down his shoulder with your outside hand. E. D. C. This move can be used when the Quarterback rolls or scrambles. Point toe to Quarterback. B. Lineman . Get off the block.

C. reach with outside arm . Lineman . back) . get your chin under his pad level. Chop Rip Vs. Turn chest away from him maintain separation . Step over to the side (low shed) and regain lost ground.e. lower your hips and drive him backwards. Move to Quarterback. Drive both hands under his shoulder pads.if you can’t. push Blocker into QB. POWER RUSH A.Just get head up.don't give the stunt away unless stunt requires. As you approach QB.Back settles on you.Beachwood High School Linebackers 34 Pass Rush Techniques 4. Step Over Anticipate “Chop” block. punch and lockout elbows. Lock out and keep separation. Time your stunt. a strong tackle who uses hands well. B. . It is critical to keep feet moving in this technique. Power Rush Use when you are stronger than Blocker or he is a soft setter (I. especially being blocked by a back.chop downward on wrists and immediately convert to rip under and turn into QB. Accelerate your feet with quick steps. Always work to half a man! 5. E. Drive Blocker into pocket and into QB. D.. 6. Dip and explode.

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