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Linebacker Drills and Techniques. Jeff Reents Head Football Coach Wilmington High School. Wilmington Football We Are Wilmington, We Are One!!. Honor to Speak at the IHSFCA Clinic Program Background Introduction of Staff. Wilmington Football We Are Wilmington, We Are One!.

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Linebacker Drills and Techniques

Jeff Reents

Head Football Coach

Wilmington High School


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Wilmington FootballWe Are Wilmington, We Are One!!

  • Honor to Speak at the IHSFCA Clinic

  • Program Background

  • Introduction of Staff


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Wilmington FootballWe Are Wilmington, We Are One!

  • Defensive Philosophy

    • Keep It Simple

    • Communication

    • Play Fast

    • Be Physical


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Wilmington FootballWe Are Wilmington, We Are One!

  • Linebacker Qualities

  • Physical

  • Mental

  • Intangibles


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Wilmington FootballWe Are Wilmington, We Are One!

  • Techniques and Drills

  • Stance

    • 2 Pt Stance

    • Feet Shoulder Width Apart

    • Weight Evenly Distributed

    • Pads Over The Toes – Good Bend in Knees and Hips

    • Hands in Ready Position

    • Be Comfortable – Do Not Overcoach!!

      • Drills

        • Read Step

        • Read Step Live

  • Alignment

    • Make sure they know where to line up – Be Careful not to overlook this

    • Know where their teammates line up – Leadership


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Wilmington FootballWe Are Wilmington, We Are One!

Hit and Shed

  • Next to tackling – the most important technique

  • Tough to Master

  • Good Base – Power Position

  • Low Pad Wins

  • Point of Contact

  • Hip Explosion

  • Take On Half-a-Man

  • Forearm/Club or Shoot the Hands

  • Drills

    • 6 pt, 2 pt

    • Sled Drill

    • Hit-n-Shed

    • Shed Block-n-Tackle

    • Downhill Shed-n-Tackle


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    Wilmington FootballWe Are Wilmington, We Are One!

    • Tackling

      • 7 Points to Tackling

        • Stance

        • Eyes

        • Approach

        • Shoot the Hands – Eyes to the sky

        • Contact Point

        • Wrap Violently

        • Finish – Run the feet

    • Drills

      • Hit and Lift

      • Hit and Lift Down the Line

      • Angle Tackle

      • Eye Opener

      • Sideline Tackle

      • Circuit Tackling


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    Wilmington FootballWe Are Wilmington, We Are One!

    • Coverage

      • Know Coverage and Responsibility

        • Know where your most dangerous rec. is

        • Read Step

        • Yell “pass”

        • Open to most dangerous rec.

        • Get hands on rec.

        • Settle read QB eyes

        • Break on the ball

      • Drills –

        • Hip Turns

        • Ball Drills

          • Line Drills

          • Drop – Read Eyes

          • Pattern Reads


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    Wilmington FootballWe Are Wilmington, We Are One!

    • Man Coverage

      • Tighter coverage

      • Always get your hands on rec.

      • Must attack rec., but under control

      • 4 routes – Vert., Out, Drag, Block/Screen,

  • Zone Reads

    • Pattern Reads

      • Work these routes - Vert., Out, Drag


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    Wilmington FootballWe Are Wilmington, We Are One!

    • Reads

      • Pre-Snap

        • Slow Reads

        • Fast Reads

        • Triangle Reads

        • Have Vision – Know what they are looking at

        • Giveaways – Linemen/Backs

    • Drills

      • Slow Read Drill

      • Shuffle Down the Alley


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    Wilmington FootballWe Are Wilmington, We Are One!

    • Practice Organization

      • Walk-Through

      • Pursuit Drills

      • Agilities

      • Ind. Time

      • Tackling Turnover Circuit

      • Team


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