Hi, this is Sean Hobson, for Expert Village.
We’re talking about linebacker play and the best linebackers that you can have are guys
that are athletic and guys that can read the plays. The linebacker’s job is to read and
react. The first thing he has is gap responsibility. Once the quarterback snaps the ball the first
thing he has to do is to take a step up in his gap and read what’s coming through the
gap. What he recognizes when he steps up in his gap is that our fullback has taken the
hand off. This fullback is either going to come through his gap or cut off to the side
of his gap. He needs to come up and attack the gap. The tight end will be coming out
to make a block. So, he has to read and keep his eyes locked on the running back. If the
running back comes to the inside he has to shed the block to the outside, staying alive
and make the tackle. If the running back comes to the outside he has to be able to keep a
good base and move in a shuffle keeping those guys off and shed that block to be able to
get out and make the tackle. The most important thing about the linebacker is can they read
the play and be able to react to it. If it’s a pass play he has to be able to read it and
then react and drop back into pass coverage.