Football Linebacker Drills Targeted To Get You The Tackle
These football linebacker drills will have you rivaling Ray Lewis in no time.
Well... at least on your way to developing your talent to the fullest potential. Our belief is that with hard work and dedication, why can't you become one of the best? Right?
With that in mind, we've assembled some winning football drills for linebackers on this page.
Football Linebacker Drills
Football Linebacker Drill #1
- Teach good feet agility and to keep the shoulders square.
Action - Align five dummies on a line. Place a cone about 5 yards away on either side of the dummies. Line up your linebackers in single-file at one of the cones. On the coach's first signal, the first player in line sets up in a good hitting position. On the 2nd signal, the linebacker leads with his right foot as he shuffles over the dummies. At the last bag,
the player turns and runs past the 2nd cone. After each player goes through the bags, have them repeat the football linebacker drill in the other direction.
Coaching Details - Make sure each linebacker has the shoulders square, head up and is in a proper hitting position. Be sure they shuffle their feet without crossing over.Linebacker Drill #2
Objective - Develop foot agility and the ability to read the flow of the ball.
Action - Align 2-3 dummies about a yard apart and at a 45°. Then align 2-3 more dummies the same way so you create a "V" shape. The coach stands between the bags while the linebackers are positioned in a single-file line at the point of the "V". On the coach's 1st signal, the first player gets in good hitting position. On the 2nd signal, the coach points either right or left and the player hits the 2-3 dummies in that direction. After the last dummy, the linebacker should get back into hitting position again to finish the football linebacker drill.
Coaching Details - Keep your linebackers low in proper hitting position with shoulders square, head up. Be sure they shuffle their feet without crossing over.Football Linebacker Drill #3
Downhill Shuffle Drill
Objective - Improve fundamentals of the downhill shuffle and foot agility.
Action - For this football linebacker drill, set up 5 dummy bags where you have 1 yard of space between each one and so it forms a line that's at a 45° to the line of scrimmage. Align the linebackers in a single file on the line. On the coach's signal, the first 'backer breaks down into the hitting position. At the next signal, the player leads with the right foot as he shuffles over the bags.
Coaching Details - Keep your linebackers low in proper hitting position with shoulders square, head up. Emphasize an "attack" mentality. Run this football drill for linebackers from both directions so the players practice leading with each foot.Linebacker Drill #4
Stay In the Box Drill
Objective - Teach linebackers to stay their ground and to deliver a blow after only one step.
Action - Use 4 cones to make a 2 yard square with the linebacker inside the square. Position 2-3 lineman about 5 yards outside the square. On the signal, the linemen try to block the linebacker out of the box. Keep the linemen coming quickly one after the other.
Coaching Details - Make sure the linebacker is in good low position with the head up and delivers a good strong blow to each lineman during this football linebacker drill.Football Linebacker Drill #5
Step in the Hole Drill
Objective - Teach linebackers to flow to the football and then fill the hole for the tackle.Action
- Align about 6 dummies in a line about a yard or yard and a half from one another. A linebacker lines up on one side and a running back faces him on the other side. Have the back run down the line, then come forward into one of the gaps. The linebacker must mirror the back down the line, then fill the hole and make the tackle when the back makes his move.
Coaching Details - Be sure the linebacker stays low and makes a quick move into the hole with power to make the tackle.
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Linebacker Drill #6
Objective - Teach 3-point contact fundamentals.
Action - For this football linebacker drill, position linebackers in a single file in front of the one-man sled. On the coach's signal, the first player gets in a proper stance about a yard and half to two yards in front of the bag. On the next signal, the 'backer hits the sled with correct 3-point contact and continues to chop his feet. On the third signal, the player releases from the sled, take two steps upfield and then get into a proper hitting position.
Coaching Details - Be sure to check stances. Emphasize that the linebackers must roll their hips on contact with the sled and work on getting separation.Football Linebacker Drill #7
One on One Drill
Objective - Teach to react to various blocks in space.
Action - Position 2 cones about 2-3 yards apart with a blocker in the middle. Align the linebacker about 3-4 yards in front of the blocker. The coach decides which block the blocker will use (pull, trap, down block, base, pass set, zone scheme, etc) and on the coach's signal the linebacker reacts.
Coaching Details - Check stance. Emphasize the need for proper read and reaction.Football Linebacker Drill #8
Objective - This football drill for linebackers develops good hands for getting those desperately needed turnovers.
Action - Position the players in a single-file line. The first linebacker backpedals, then, on coach's signal, either breaks left or right at a 45° angle. He intercepts the pass and sprints upfield.
Coaching Details - Be sure the linebackers use good hip movement on the break left or right during this football linebacker drill.Football Linebacker Drill #9
Zone Drop Drill
Objective - Teach how to drop back and break on the football.
Action - Position three receivers 12-15 yards off the line (already positioned behind the linebackers). Put one receiver in the middle of the field, one on the left hash, and one on the right hash. Line up two linebackers in their proper stance and position off the line. The QB or coach drops back (3, 5 or 7-step) as the linebackers take their drops, get square and break on the ball. One LB intercepts the football while the other one blocks the closest receiver.
Coaching Details - Check stances and drop technique during the football linebacker drill. Emphasize squaring up when the quarterback sets his feet. Linebacker Drill #10
Read Routes Drill
Objective - Teach how to read pass routes.
Action - Put a safety back 15 yards in the middle, a corner about 12-14 yards back on the right hash and a third defender 5 yards off the ball. Line up a player in the tight end position on the right side. The linebacker who'll run the drill first lines up between the short defender and the tight end in a proper stance. The coach tells the tight end to run a flat, cross or vertical route. At the snap, the quarterback takes a 5 or 7-step drop as the linebacker reacts to the tight end's route. The QB should throw the ball to the safey, corner or dump it off so the LB has to square up and make a break on it.
Coaching Details - Check stance and drop technique. Emphasize read, react and break on the ball. Run the football linebacker drill to both sides.
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