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November 2007

November 2007


Letter From the Editor/Publisher: Being an Effective Linebacker

by: Rex Lardner
Editor American Football Monthly
© November 2007

Chris Tormey is the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Washington. Having been a position coach, defensive coordinator and head coach, Tormey has learned from his mentors: Don James, Dennis Erickson, and Tyrone Willingham. With more than a quarter century devoted to coaching and especially linebackers, Tormey has formulated his own thoughts on a linebackers progress for success. He calls it: C.A.S.K.R.E.P.T.

1. “Communicate: It is the linebacker’s responsibility to communicate the defensive call, the strength call for alignment, the offensive formation, alignment of offensive personnel, and any motion or shift adjustments.”

2. “Alignment: The effective linebacker should know what his primary threats are based on formation tendencies and the defense called.”

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