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As offenses have expanded the use of both the forward pass and formations that utilize the entire field, the need for quick, agile players at the linebacker position has increased. Today's linebackers must be able to step up, take on blockers directly in front of them; move from side to side; make tackles from sideline to sideline; rush the quarterback on pass plays; and play pass defense by dropping into deep zones or covering swift offensive backs man-to-man. The modern linebacker combines the strength of a big defensive lineman and the nimbleness of a defensive back with the hitting and intensity already associated with the position.

One of the most important traits of a great linebacker is leadership. It is not necessary to be a shouter or a sideline screamer to lead. Great linebackers lead more by example than words. To develop this necessary leadership quality, a linebacker must become a dedicated student of the game. He must comprehend as much of the total plan of the defense as possible. In addition to understanding the skills needed to play his position, he also should be familiar with the responsibilities of the other defensive players on the team. He must take it upon himself to set the tempo of practice, working hard from the moment he walks onto the field until the last play of practice.

Good, hard, clean, aggressive tackling is a skill possessed by every good linebacker. Nothing can fire up a defensive team quicker than a linebacker's hard tackle that stops a ball carrier in his tracks.


Play Football The NFL Way is the ultimate football manual for coaches and beginning players who want to learn the basics of football correctly. Author Tom Bass is a former NFL coach with more than 20 years of experience with the Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers, and Tampa Bay Buccaners.

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