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Running the Ladder Drill for Running Backs

I’d heard an NFL running back talk about run the ladder; getting down the sidelines for a touchdown, so I came up with this drill to teach my backs to break to the sidelines and score.

Today’s youth football drill is running the Ladder Drill for Running Backs. If you are like me, I’ve got a lot of backs who, for whatever reason, when they break through the hole they decide to cut back to the inside -- right into the heart of the defense.

Sometimes that works out for them, especially if it’s an aggressive overpursuing defense. But I see so many backs cut right back into the Mike linebacker, or other inside linebackers, and the nine defensive guys that are the heart of the Defense.  

I don’t know how many touchdowns we have missed due to these cutback errors.

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