The Rip Move is a great way to deal with a blocker while still maintaining your responsibility. The key to the Rip Move is the timing of the move and the overall physicality of the player.
Here is an excellent linebacker drill that focuses on read and react techniques and conditioning.
Defensively there are very few positions as important as the linebacker. The linebacker is often referred to as the Quarterback of the defense because he is responsible for ensuring the defensive line is lined up correctly and the backfield knows it’s coverage.
One of the most difficult tasks in football is getting Linebackers to have an effective pass drop. Linebackers, by their nature, are not great pass defenders.
Here are the linebacker progression drills we did at our international youth football camp in Vienna, Austria. These drills focus entirely on the fundamentals of linebacker play.
One of the key elements in running Cover Two is the ability of the Cornerback to reroute any outside release and force the receiver back in. This is not a natural technique for athletes and must be practiced consistently.
This past season we made it to the semi-finals of the playoffs. We played great defense at times, but we also played bad defense at times.
One of the toughest things to do in football is to effectively teach linebackers how to drop back and cover the pass. Linebackers are in their position because they tend to be downhill run stopping players.
Championship defenses all have one thing in common, they all do a great job of swarming the ball carrier. There is nothing more demoralizing for an offense than having a defense that is absolutely smothering.
One of the most critical, and difficult to coach, parts of playing linebacker is reading Guards to determine what the play will be. Many kids fall into the trap of watching the backfield and trying to tackle the guy with the ball.
One of the key determiners on who will win a game is the turnover count. By creating turnovers a defense can give the offense an extra possession and flip field position.
Chase the Chicken youth football drill is a fun drill that gets players working on maintaining leverage, taking great pursuit angles and working together to corral a ball carrier. This simple drill is a great warm up drill that gets the players moving and working together at the start of practice.
Linebackers are the heart of the defense and must be able to make consistent tackles in a variety of different situations. Sometimes linebackers have to make tackles in a confined space.
Cover 4 Zone Defense Overview and Pattern Reading Cover 4 Zone Defense is one of the most popular coverages in football today. It allows a defense to match 4 Vertical threats while still playing tough on the run.
Open Field Tackling Techniques in Youth Football Open field tackling techniques are difficult to execute successfully at any age level of football. It is even more difficult to tackle in the open field when the ball carrier is a good athlete.