Linebacker Square Drills


To work on footwork on all phases of linebacker play.


Set up a square of about 6 by 6 yards with the cones.

The player lines up at one cone facing away from the square.

On signal the player runs to the next cone, like on a straight zone drop, then he runs forward in an 45-degree angle to the next cone, from which he drops again straight back to the last cone, from there he runs to the starting cone, on this way the coach throws him the ball to intercept it.

When all players are through, start over except do 45-degree drops and straight forward runs.

You also can include shuffle passages.

Coaching Points

Look for proper foot-technique at the change of direction. This should be a technique drill not a conditioning drill.


  • 4 cones
  • Football(s)