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September 2007

September 2007


The Drills Report - Teaching Linebackers Proper Technique

by: Joe Tumpkin
Linebackers Coach, SMU
© September 2007

Our base defense at SMU is the 4-3-4 alignment which allows our defensive package to include multiple fronts and coverages. With the variety and versatility of offenses today and the adjustments made defensively, it is important to be consistent in teaching techniques to your players. In this article I will focus on my strategy and teaching progression in developing linebackers.

Strategy

Coaches should have the ability to communicate with students, athletes, coaches and colleagues. Success in coaching relates to a willingness to prepare for success, regardless of barriers or obstacles. The development of an athlete has six elements:

1.Talent: Utilize it! Play to your strengths and manage your weaknesses.
2. Knowledge: Players need to have a sound understanding of what you are teachin....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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