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October 2008

October 2008


The Drills Report: Washington Linebacker Drills

by: Chris Tormey
Linebackers Coach, University of Washington
© October 2008

We spend more time on block protection and tackling than any other skill sets we teach. Tackling is still best learned in team situations in practice. Getting in a proper tackling position in practice is the best way to simulate the live situations that come up in the game. The coaching points we emphasize in tackling are:

1. Eyes up and in front.
2. Bend the ankles, knees, and hips.
3. Time up the hit and explode on contact hit through the runner.
4. Club with the arms and grab cloth.
5. Accelerate the feet on contact.

Ive included four tackling drills that we practice on a regular basis: the Form Tackle, Open Field Tackle, Eye Opener, and Score Tackle.

1: The Form Tackle
Purpose: To develop the proper fundamentals of tackling with good form, learning speed, ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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