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November 2002

November 2002


Linebacker Play The Minnesota Way

by: Jason Gelber
© November 2002

Linebackers are usually the leaders of the defense. The good ones have poise, intelligence, leadership, mental and physical toughness, dependability, intensity and football instincts. They must have knowledge of the defense. They must be able to defeat offensive linemen weighing 320-plus bearing down at them. They must be able to react quickly and trust what they see and know. Finally, they must, must, must, be able to tackle.

They are linebackers. The good ones have a lot of these qualities. The excellent ones have them all. At the University of Minnesota, we try to teach these intangibles to every linebacker with the hope that the players will become great at most....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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