Football Linebackers

Chapter 9.5

What is a linebacker? What is his role in the defensive unit? Get ready to learn about linebackers in football.

Introduction

Every football team needs a strong defense to counter the opponent's offense. The defense is made up of two main parts:

Linebackers (LB)

Linebackers line up just behind the defensive line and provide extra protection on running plays or passing plays depending on the coverage. As a result, the linebacker's job description will vary based on the play call. That's why defensive linebackers are such an important and versatile position in football.

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4-3 Defense

In a 4-3 defense there are four (4) players in the defensive line on the line of scrimmage and three (3) linebackers LB on the field.

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3-4 Defense

In a 3-4 defense there are three (3) players in the defensive line on the line of scrimmage and four (4) linebackers LB on the field.

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