NFL Defensive Quarterbacks : The 10 Best Middle Linebackers In Football Today

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NFL Defensive Quarterbacks : The 10 Best Middle Linebackers In Football Today
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The middle linebacker has long been called the quarterback of the defense. Hall of Famers like Bill George and Chuck Bednarik first gained popularity for this key position, soon to be followed by legends like Dick Butkus, Sam Huff, Les Richter, Ray Nitschke, Willie Lanier, Jack Lambert, and more. 

Even though the game today is ruled by quick passes that covers few yards in the air, the middle linebacker is still very important for more reasons than calling audibles and realigning teammates in the right positions. 

Once know mainly for run support, the inside linebacker is generally more active in pass defense today. They cover more than running backs and tight ends, often peeling out deeper in coverage to try to stop the oppositions wide receivers. 

Here are the best inside linebackers in the NFL today :

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