How to Play Lineman Fullback and Linebacker in Football

Four Methods:Offensive LineThe Defensive LineThe FullbackThe Middle Linebacker

Do you need help playing OL DL FB OR MLB in football. This will be for you then.

Method 1
Offensive Line

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    Be strong. The best offensive line can be small but have lots of strength.
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    Know your assignment in any football position but especially O line because you could cause a sack.
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    Get in your 2 or 3 point stance and do not move until the ball is snapped.
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    Before the ball is snapped get braced for assault by the D line and The Linebackers.
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    Engage the defender. Once the ball is snapped you want to get up and engage your defender as fast as possible same with the D line
    • Once you're engaged your assignment could be one of many ones
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    Run block. You most likely are going to try to do a turn block to create a hole for the runner.
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    Pass block. You're dropping back a bit and helping the quarterback from getting sacked by creating a pocket.
    • For the guards there is one other type of movement call a pull.
      • A pull is used on a run play or certain pass plays.
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    When blocking on O line bend at the knees slightly and use your legs to push your defender and then push upward at the same time so you get an upward and forward movement.
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    If that is done correctly it should feel as trying to push someone over and flatten them.

Method 2
The Defensive Line

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    The good old D Line has many different tasks based on the team players and the offence.
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    Go over the D line Players
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    Defensive Tackle or DT these guys are the big guys trying to get a push on the O Line
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    Defensive End these guys can be big or small same with the Defensive Tackle
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    The DE job is to either rush the quarterback drop into zone coverage or play man coverage and stop the run.
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    There are many penalties associated with Playing Line and some are worse then others we will go over these later.
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    When your team has the Play picked line up at the defensive position you play which could depend on which defensive play book or books you use.
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    The 2 most common defensive books are 3-4 or 4-3 3-4 means 3 D Lineman 4 Linebackers and 4 Defensive Backs 4-3 means 4 D Line 3 Linebackers and 4 Defensive Backs.
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    When you're in your position, get in your 3 point stance.
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    Pay attention or you are going to be murdered by the O Line or get called for a penalty.
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    Pay attention to the snap count you want to be able to get a good rush on the O Line whenever possible but don't go offside get and encroachment or a neutral zone infraction which we will explain later
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    When you play football with friends or are just talking with people, say everyone on defence should be a heat seeking missile, especially the D Line.
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    Look for whoever has the ball and find the best way to get there and punish the ball carrier.
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    Once engaged with an O Lineman you now have a number of moves.
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    One option is to get around the O Line with a couple of moves.
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    Second option is to cover your man if playing man coverage.
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    3rd option is to drop into zone coverage.
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    There are 3 to 4 moves to try to get around the O Line.
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    The first is the rip which is when you have one hand on one side of the defensive lineman and one on the other side in a way and you use one hand and just put all your muscle and try to "rip" the lineman out of your way.
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    The Second move is to swim which is like the rip in a way but more of a finesse move
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    to swim have your hands on the same positions as with the rip then with your non dominant hand push the lineman the direction of your dominant hand and at the same moment raise your dominant hand over the head of the O Lineman.
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    The third move is the spin which is self explanatory.

Method 3
The Fullback

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    The Fullback is in my view a combination O Lineman Halfback and Tight End. As said above the Fullback has multiple roles which are pass blocking run blocking running the ball for short gains sometimes receiving the ball and even more rarely returning punts and kickoffs because of this the Fullback is required to have a different skill set then most players.
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    Run blocking with the Fullback. When you are running a pitch or I form offense the full back is in front of the halfback and behind the QB and his job is to stay ahead of the running back to try to get a good block so the Running back can get more yards
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    Pass Blocking with the Fullback. When Pass Blocking remember to stay around the QB to try to create a pocket.
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    Running with Fullback. If you are running you most likely are only 1 to 3 yards (0.9 to 2.7 m) short of the first line or 5 yards (4.6 m) from the goal line. When playing Fullback and running your one and only job other then not to fumble is to run the ball straight down the Defense throat or dive for the touchdown. Do not fumble the ball, tuck it away and don't think about fumbling or don't even think about having the ball
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    Receive with the Fullback. There will be details about this in the links down in the Sources and Citations section.

Method 4
The Middle Linebacker

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    The Linebacker otherwise know as secondary in football play an important defensive role. As the name Secondary say they are the second line of defense the 1st being the line at the last being the Defensive Backs. Most Linebackers are used in Run Stopping roles because of their size because they have to tackle Fullbacks and running backs as well.There are some linebackers that also play coverage and can cover guys. For this tutorial we will focus on the run stopping MLB.
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    First thing is to look at the formation the offense is in. Look to see how many players are on the field how many are on each side and see how many people are in the backfield.
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    Once the QB snaps the ball be ready to hit hard.
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    If you see a handoff or anything resembling the start of one get running into the gaps the line made and hope to stuff the run.
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    If there is no handoff either cover your guy if in man coverage or if not get into a zone and be ready to hit a receiver or other player who has the ball.


  • Don't hurt yourself.


  • Stretch
  • Don't do something that you think could hurt yourself
  • Stretch again

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