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Middle linebackers do not necessarily have to be great athletes, but many are productive because they are tough, smart, short-range guys that are physical and set the tone for the defense.In the 3-4 defense, the inside linebackers must be the same type of player, but his needs change and he only has to play half of the field a lot of the time. He also has to have more range and the ability to play in space since he will be asked to play in pass coverage.
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