Hi, this is Sean Hobson, for Expert Village.
Once our linebackers have read the play, they’ve stepped up into their gaps, they’ve read what’s
happening and now they are reacting to the play, one important thing to do is that when
you’re pursuing a play, you don’t want to lock your eyes on the man you’re going for.
You want to try to have your head on a swivel to see if anybody is coming out to make a
block on you. (video demo) Once these guys have reacted, if I’m running the ball to this
side and they’ve reacted to what’s going on, they want to make sure to keep their head
on a swivel and not just on me. What will happen is, if he’s looking out here to make
a tackle, this guy on the offensive line will come up from nowhere, our linemen will not
see him coming and make a crank back block on the side of him. That could possibly injure
him and knock him out of the play. He has to make sure to pursue the play but at the
same time be looking if someone is coming out to make a block. He has to take on that
block and shed that block and then make the tackle. When you’re pursuing the play, make
sure that you have your head on a swivel, looking to make sure nobody is coming up from
the backside to put a big block on you when you’re trying to make the tackle.