Strength and speed are the two most precious attributes a football player can possess. Ideally, exceptional athletes have a great balance of both, but usually one of these characteristics outweighs the other. Take a look at how these factors relate to each position:
Defensive Backs: Speed
Keeping up with fast receivers and reacting to the play requires more speed than strength.
Outside Linebackers: Speed
Playing any linebacker position calls for strength, but speed aids in coverage, blitzing and running down ball carriers.
Inside Linebackers: Strength
These players have to take on big offensive lineman and bring down powerful backs.
Defensive Tackles: Strength
They have to occupy multiple blockers in order to be stopped.
Defensive Ends: Balance
Setting the edge requires a good balance of both strength and speed. The assignments will vary for this position based on defensive schemes.
Slot Receivers: Speed
These players usually have a speed advantage in their matchup because they are defended by linebackers and nickel backs.
Outside Receivers: Strength
Often the primary receiver is lined up on the outside by a defensive back that is quicker and faster than them. Getting open/position and blocking require more strength than speed.
Running Backs: Strength
Absorbing contact nearly every play means strength is the preferred quality to have.
All quarterbacks need strength to deliver in the pocket and withstand punishment from rushers. Speed is a plus that aids in avoiding defenders but not a necessity.
All lineman must be strong enough to block defenders up front and down the field.
CoachUp is the safest and easiest way to find a coach for personalized training. With our 100% money-back guarantee and vetted coaches, anyone can achieve their full athletic potential. Find your perfect coach today!