Coach Johnson's defensive philosophy is to win with great technique, discipline and pure hustle. Here he describes his eight key principles of linebacker play. These areas include stance, alignment, keying, responsibility, blow delivery, tackling, play coverage and pressuring the quarterback. He begins with general thoughts regarding technique, which is described as the specific details of the linebacker position. Stance is the first major fundamental of great linebacker play. Feet apart, toes ahead, balanced weight and hands ready are keys. Keying is a skill taught by Johnson and alerts the player to read eyes and movement on the snap of the ball. In great detail, blow delivery is taught using eight skill components. Defending the pass for linebackers is broken down into zone, fire zone and man coverage. Lastly, Johnson covers the art of pressuring the quarterback and blitzing, which is what makes linebackers valuable to the team's defensive attack. Using practice footage, Johnson illustrates how his teaching techniques are carried out on the field.
47 minutes. 2007.
Coach Johnson did a good job delivering the basics in an easy to understand and remember manner. I recommend the video for anyone interested in getting the principles down and being able to communicate them clearly to someone else. It is aimed more at coaches than at players; however, I watched it with my 14 year old and he thought it had some good "chalk talk" in it. He's just moved down from safety and benefited from the discussions on stance and flow keys the most.
I bought this for my son in his first year of high school. I thought there was not enough of demonstating with players the principles he was teaching. To much lecture. I like to see the lesson.
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