KEYS TO BLITZING WITH NFL LB JOSHUA PERRY
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Blitzing is one of the most exciting aspects of playing the Linebacker position and can result in a sack, turnover and a number of other big plays for the defense. That being said, there are certain techniques that Linebackers must use that will increase their ability to blitz. Watch the video below and check out the full Joshua Perry Linebacker Training package to learn what the National Champion and NFL LB focuses on when blitzing, reading offenses, making a tackle and more that has allowed him to reach the game's highest level.
A key to making an effective blitz for Linebackers is determining where the proper aiming point is before the snap of the ball. For interior Linebackers, typical aiming points will be the A and B Gaps. That being said, depending on the scheme the defense is running, down and distance, alignment and a number of other factors, the aiming point for a Linebacker will vary. With this in mind, it is essential for Linebackers to first take all of these factors into consideration and use the information to determine where the proper aiming point is prior to the ball being snapped.
Once the Linebacker has determined where the proper aiming point is, the next step is to get a key on where that aiming point will move when the ball is snapped. When the play begins, the offensive players will begin to move in the direction that play calls for; this will cause the Linebacker's aiming point to shift. If the Linebacker does not adjust his aiming point based on this shift, the offense will be able to pick up the blitz and execute the play. Reading keys and anticipating this shift prior to the snap will allow for Linebackers to stay one step ahead of the offense and make the big play for their team.
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