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New England Patriots Football Drills

I spoke with a friend of mine who is a former offensive line coach for the New England Patriots and he told about the types of football training drills that the Patriots use to increase there football quickness, football agility and football speed!


Here are some of the football drills that they use:


Drill #1. The Speed Ladder


Perform one repetition of the drill up the ladder. Following a rest, repeat the same drill back down. After the two reps of the drill, perform the next drill the same way. Give yourself ample rest between each rep to ensure you can move your feet as fast as possible on each rep.


In your speed ladder drills you want to make sure you do one foot, two feet and alternate foot drills. Also you want to do forward, sideways and backward ladder drills. If you search the internet you can find some good ladder training dvds.


Drill #2. The L-Drill


The purpose of this football drill is to improve overall quickness and agility. Football players they learn to accelerate, stop and change direction in short intervals; this drill improves game speed ability.


Another benefit is to test your athletic ability.Incorporating one to two repetitions of this drill two to three days a week is enough to achieve desired results.


Performing only a few repetitions prevents fatigue and allows you to run each rep at top speed, which is crucial in quickness training. My coaching freind told me that these drills aren't meant for conditioning. "Quickness training is pace specific, so you have to train at the pace you want to run."


This is the same drill used at the NFL combine held in Indianapolis every year for the top college football players.


Drill #3. Football Position Specific Drills


Receivers should drill pass routes. Because most routes begin with several steps up the field, a receiver's first step should be off the break. For example, when drilling a five-yard out, work on the steps you use to plant and burst to the outside.


Offensive lineman should drill pull left and pull right steps, as well as reach right and reach left. Linebackers can work slight angled steps similar to the ones taken when plugging a gap.


Defensive backs, like receivers, should drill steps out of the break and not focus on back peddling. As most football coaches know, quickness is your ability to explode on your first step!


For more information about football training drills go to the football coaching websites listed below. If you have any questions or comments, please send me an email.


Todd Krueger is a former 8th round draft pick in 1980 with the Buffalo Bills and also played with the Houston Oilers and Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Wranglers in the USFL. He runs a football coaching website at http://www.footballtools.com and a quarterback training website at http://www.playqb.com that offers low cost football coaching products such as NFL Football Playbooks, Youth Football Practice DVDs, Quarterback Training DVDs, Football Scouting Software, Football Playbook Software, Free Quarterback Drills, Football Special Teams DVDs, Football Workout DVDs, Football Practice DVDs, and a free football newsletter.


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