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100 Names for Linebackers on a Youth Football Defense

Rover LinebackerI guess I was a little bored today and started looking at linebacker position names like Mike, Sam and Will.  We’ve all heard of these names for LBs but I decided to dig a little deeper and see what other names have been used over the last 100 years of football.  I made up a few of my own too as to complete the 112 name list of linebackers.

I have tried to separate the names out into the various linebacker responsibilities but don’t hold me at 100% correctness.  You should use this as a tool to come up with your own linebacker names for your youth football team’s defense.

Here we go naming linebackers…..

Mike, Sam and Will

Strong / Field Middle L-backer Weak / Boundary
SLB MLB WLB
Sam Mike BLB
Stub Mack Will
Sara Meg Buck
Strike Mo Wanda
Zack More Whip
Spear Mace Dick
Snake Mickey Bob
Otto Ace Nick
Flacker Moose West
Saw Missle Bear
Frank Ogre Wolf
Fox Dart Barb
Saber Headhunter Beast

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Outside Linebackers and Inside Linebackers

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Left OLB Rt OLB Inside LB
LOLB ROLB ILB
Leo Roy Ted
Jack Charlie Zip
Lee Rebel Zack
Lance Rex Plugger
Lion Rod Ike
Lotto Rush Axe
Lola Ram Bull
Lefty / LT Rhino Pike
Ox Ray Butkus
Owl Rolo Hammer
East Ralph Chuck
Lakeside Arty / RT Charlie
Lynx Ranger Victor

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Hybrid Linebackers

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OLB Def End SS/DB OLB
JLB Rover
Joker Monster
Jack Dagger
Dave Gunner
Ted Stinger
Devil Nickel
Elephant Raider
Dog Moneybacker
Bandit Lobo
Viper Robber
Tiger Star
Ollie Spur
Elle Lurker
Predator Pirate

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This list is over 100 linebacker names and most of them have been actually used by College and NFL football teams in the past.  I hope you enjoyed this list of LB names.  If you have any names that you have used in the past please leave them in the comments below.

Remember to Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

Coach Parker
Fort Worth, Texas

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Tackling Types – Defense Coaching Youth Football

Tackling form youth football coaching defenseI am reading Coach George Allen’s Handbook of Winning Football.  Coach George Allen was one of the winningest NFL coaches on the Rams and Redskins in the 60′ and 70’s.  I watched his teams many times give my home team Dallas Cowboys fits on Thanksgiving.

I was surprised this morning reading Coach Allen’s defensive line chapter and section on tackling.  “The type of tackle used by the defender depends on who is carrying the football.  If there is a big strong runner coming at him, the tackler will probably hit him low.  If the carrier has tremendous footwork, he (tackler) might want to go high on him.  If the offensive player is a real scatback, the tackler has to go high on him or he might get faked out.”

All my life Ive been taught to hit low and form tackle, and that’s what I’ve been teaching.  Although a few years ago I wrote a post on the death of form tackling after hearing a few NFL coaches and players talk about tackling.  I do think Coach Allen is right, for scatbacks I see young players look low and lose the running back in the process of making a form tackle.  The young tackler would have been better off hitting the running back high, grabbing cloth and pulling the RB to the ground.

What do you think? Let me know.

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Sprint Tackling Drill – Defense Youth Football

Today we used the Sprint Tackling Drill from AFCA’s Defensive Football Drills book.  This is a great open field tackling drill.

Sprint Tackling Drill youth footballThe ball carrier is about 5 yards behind the bags and the tackler in red is 10 yards behind the middle bag.  The defender attacks the middle bag and then must get under control before the middle bag, break down and be in position to make a proper angle tackle on the ball carrier that chooses his hole.

This is a great youth football drill.

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Defensive Strategy – Youth Football

So here is my youth football defensive strategy plan for 2010

1. Stop the run, interrupt the pass.
2. Attack the Offense with Multiple looks
3. Dictate game flow
4. Scout scout scout
5. Equalize strength
6. Communicate and say again.

My defensive team will be called the Wolf Pack this season. Wolves communicate, hunt and kill prey together. As a defense we will play like Wolves attacking their prey.

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner.

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