Hi, this is Sean Hobson, for Expert Village.
One thing a linebacker has to be concerned with is a dual threat quarterback. A dual
threat quarterback is a quarterback who can throw really well and he’s also a threat to
run. A perfect example of that would be Tim Tebow at Florida. He is good at sprinting
out of the backfield, he’s good at throwing, you never know what he’s going to do. A lot
of teams will put their middle linebacker as a spy. The middle linebacker will keep
his eye on everything the quarterback does. If the quarterback drops straight back like
he’s going to pass then he will keep and eye on him and drop back into pass coverage. If
the quarterback bootlegs or runs out, then our linebacker will stay with him. If he takes
a couple of steps back and decides to run then the linebacker will come up and make
that hit on him. Whatever the quarterback does, it’s the job of the middle linebacker,
or our spy, to come up and make that stop. That’s what we’re talking about when you have
a dual threat quarterback. Sometimes you’ll have to assign one person to mirror that person
and come up and make the stop on him whenever they try to make a big play.