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Linebacker Block Protection & Shed Drillsby: Ron Roberts
Defensive Coordinator, Delta State Unive
© May 2008
We are an odd man front defense but no matter what scheme you are running, defense is the ability to get off of blocks successfully. To be a great linebacker and to have a defense that is successful against the run, you must know how to defeat and avoid blocks. The progression of how this is taught is as important as teaching it. The players must understand how to deliver a physical blow and to stop the run.
6 Point Explosion Progression
We begin by teaching the 6 point progression. We begin with the linebacker on both knees hiding his numbers and with his hands in a holstered position. The blocker will have a hand shield 6” from his face (See Diagram 1A). On the command the linebacker will shoot both hands to the numbers of the blocker with his thumbs up and elbows in. The linebacker’s hands should be above h....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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