Leadership can come from different places, but the team will normally look to the linebackers first so it’s important they have some ability to lead the team.
Defensively there are very few positions as important as the linebacker. The linebacker is often referred to as the quarterback of the defense because he is responsible for ensuring the defensive line is lined up correctly and the backfield knows it’s coverage.
In addition the linebacker must be able to come down and stop the run while also getting outside and defending the pass. Finding a good core of linebackers is one of the most important considerations for defensive coaches.
Ideal Characteristics of a Linebacker
When we are looking to determine where players fit we always look at the players' strengths and where they will be able to display these strengths. All players bring a unique collection of strengths that they can use to help the team.