Hi, this is Sean Hobson, for Expert Village.
What we want to talk about today is the positions of the linebackers. It depends on what type
of defense you’re running but most standard defenses run with three linebackers. Here
are the names of the linebackers. The first one is called the sam linebacker or the strong
side linebacker. He will be lined up to the strong side of the field where the majority
of the players are lined up. Our middle guy is called the mike linebacker and he’s the
middle linebacker. He will control what happens in the middle. He has this whole area and
has a lot of responsibility. A lot of times the mike linebacker will be your defensive
captain. He’ll call the defensive plays and he’ll get the linebackers lined up where they’re
supposed to be. The third guy is called the will linebacker. This is our weak side linebacker
that will be the guy who will try to sneak up on the line of scrimmage. We’re going to
blitz this guy because he has less offensive players on this side of the field. So, this
is our will linebacker, our mike linebacker, and our sam linebacker on the strong side.
Those are the positions of the linebackers.