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The strong safety lines up on the strong side - whichever side of the center has the most lineman on it (typically the tight end is the extra guy). If both sides have an equal amount of lineman (maybe a tight end on both sides of the line) the strong safety will typically line up across from whichever tight end they want to shut down in the passing game or ...


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To me, there is still a difference between a Defensive Midfielder, and a Sweeper. Mainly in that a DM (has also been called a Stopper in some instances) is supposed to "stop" the fast flow of an attack before it totally breaches the back line. Where as the Sweeper will/can roam the back line and pick up the loose ends of the (hopefully) thwarted attack. ...


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The gap refers to the empty space between offensive linemen on the opposing team at the line of scrimmage. If you have a 1 or 2 gap defensive linemen, it means that he is responsible for keeping the offensive team from advancing through either one or two gaps, or responsible for advancing himself between the gap and tackling the ball carrier behind the line ...


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In the "old days (up to about 50 years ago), teams had two "ends" at either end of the line (i.e., 'tight' to the line and therefore 'tight end(s)') to receive passes. Other pass receivers included two "halfbacks" and one "fullback" situated behind the quarterback. Then teams decided that they only needed one halfback behind the quarterback, and moved the ...


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You are partially right. The wide nine scheme is set up by the defensive ends lining up way beyond the offensive tackles, but the point is not to play a "containment" style defense, but rather to attack the quarterback. The defensive ends are typically smaller and faster than the opposing offensive tackles, so lining up so far to the outside gives the ...


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Yes! When my team (of 12 players) plays basketball, we have 1 person on offense dribbling the ball around, forcing all players to move around based on where the ball is. This is great practice if you go by these guidelines: Do not go for steals, or you will not be able to see movements. You must move with the ball, or the drill is pointless. Every once in ...


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The basic formula for WAR is as follows: WAR = (Batting Runs + Base Running Runs + Fielding Runs + Positional Adjustment + League Adjustment +Replacement Runs) / (Runs Per Win) Different sources will have different ways of calculating these values. Baseball Reference (ESPN's source) uses: bWAR: RS (Runs Scored) = Runs per Win + (mwRAA (a modified ...


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Simplest solution is to go for a strict force-a-side defense. There's at least some chance the defender can watch both the disc at the current handler and keep track of Bob's actions in the corner of the eye. If the marker on the handler enforces one closed side, the defender can put himself clearly on the open side and watch both. Of course, there's no ...


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For the defense, there are three zones: the line (ends and tackles), behind the line (linebackers) and the backfield (cornerbacks and safetys.) The x-y-z defenese refers to the number of men on the line, linebackers and backfield respectively, that is 4-2-5. The confusion arises from the fact that the "3-4" defense is really the 3-4-(4), and likewise the "...


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As Tom Au stated, from a backer's perspective, the ”strong side” can simply be considered the side with the most receivers. But in even more overly simplified rule-of-thumb terms, the “strong side” is often the side of the ball with the most distance to the sideline – space – the most open-field to cover ... where you generally want your “strongest” [most ...


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I'd say that the sweeper role IS somewhat obsolete, partially because what has been already taken up by others but also because defense mentality has changed quite a bit with the development of the game, and the training that goes with it. Consider this scenario, would you like your last defender to be behind your main line of defense? Obviously the ...


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There are many ways to attack a zone. This article suggests three strategies: Play your best ballhandler in the middle (high post) Attack behind the zone (short corner) Attack gaps in the zone Another article has some other suggestions: Attack the weakside Another strategy is to attack using outside shots (three pointers or long two's), but such this ...


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Your recollection is wrong, at least under MLB rules. Quoting from the Official MLB rules, page 144: A FOUL BALL is a batted ball that [...] while on or over foul territory, touches the person of an umpire or player


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To effectively practice any sport, it is not necessary to perfectly simulate an in-game experience. Most forms of practice, after all, are not scrimmages, but drills that improve one or a few skills that may prove useful during a game. Zone defense requires a number of generic defensive skills such as proper footwork, tenacity, one-on-one spacing and, of ...


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Many defenses will number different positions on the offensive lineman to indicate where the defender should line up. It's used as a short-cut. Each team can have their own system. Here are some that are the commonly accepted ones you'll hear on TV: 0 - head up on center 1 - outside shoulder of center 2 - inside should of the guard 3 - outside shoulder of ...


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In a 4-3 defense, there are two defensive tackles (DT) in the interior of the line, while in a 3-4 defense, there is only one tackle - the nose tackle. Usually, the primary task of the nose tackle is to occupy more than one blocker in the interior of the line to allow linebackers to make plays. In contrast, the role of 4-3 tackles depends heavily on the ...


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Zone- vs man-marking is a common dilemma in many sports. I have come across it in both basketball and football. If one puts aside the fundamental differences of these two sports, tactically-speaking the idea is roughly the same: In zone marking your are given a portion of the field you're responsible marking/defending. In man-marking however you are given an ...


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Generally, your right but it really depends on how the Defense was constructed. As the FS, they must have ball skills and coverage skills while having the ability to disguise their coverage. QB often look at FS to tip the defense's coverage, so FS must be smart enough to play the cat and mouse game with the QB's eyes. FS is the leader of the secondary (like ...


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Generally in defensive formations they are listed "downline men - linebackers - defensive backs*" (*defensive backs are not usually listed, 4-2-5 is an exception). So in 4-2-5, you have 4 down linemen, 2 linebackers and 5 defensive backs in this setup. This is a setup where you are expecting the pass, and have confidence in your linemen to get pressure on ...


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One team I played on--which won UPA collegiate back when I wasn't a geezer--practiced defending them thusly: Forces must be absolute. Nobody breaks force. Ever. Man-defender faces iso-player and plays hard-and-tight man defense. We were often accused of playing "physical" defense just because our standard was to never allow more than two feet of separation ...


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Nothing is ever obsolete in football, it always works in cycles. At the moment the defensive midfielder (a sole one as opposed to a two) has a prominent role in intercepting and conducting attacks however that may change when they begin to get exploited down in the space located to the sides of the position they cover. Another potential reasoning for it's ...


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I believe that the sweeper position is becoming obsolete as a great deal of teams (at least most of the soccer teams I've played on and watched) rely on the offside trap as a defensive strategy. Needless to say, the offside trap only works with straight back line, so unless the sweeper plays more like a CB, you cannot have both a sweeper and operate the ...


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I haven't seen a pro team use a sweeper in YEARS. It's not about man-to-man marking, it's about pressuring the ball, getting the team compact behind the ball and blocking all the dangerous/penetrating passing lanes. You will always see the 4 at the back in a straight line when defending and staggered on possession. Any smart forward will play in line With a ...


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First lets make sure that most reading this get the general "standard" football formation on offense and defense, set up across from each other here (from womensfootballguide.files.wordpress.com): With some insight from this Dummies.com article, each positions is quite adapted to play certain roles: Generally safeties have player molds emphasizing ...


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First, as a coach you will specifically coach your team on how to call your strong or the weak side. So just the call itself can vary greatly from team to team. Second, most teams today either count eligibles or count bigs. We might consider the strong side of the formation the side with the most eligibles on it. We might also only count bigs. The term ...


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The strong side is the side where the Tight End is lined up. Usually the right side, to help the Right Tackle block and provide a check-down option to the Quarterback. Now, the (a bit) more long explanation: The Football rules require the Offense to field seven players at the line prior to the snap. The whole (modern) offensive line have 5 players: two ...


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I play sweeper. And I'm a senior in high school. My job is pretty clear but very hard to actually do. The sweep we'd job is to coach. I feel like I've had my best game when the other three defenders have played well. With that said, I am NOT obsolete. The sweeper ideally shouldn't have to touch the ball. However people screw up sometimes. The sweeper should ...


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If your question is whether the sweeper position is obsolete; then the answer is no. For example Sam Allardyce's West Ham United currently play a sweeper in James Tomkins. It can be observed in the MLS as well where Thorsten Frings occupies this position for Toronto (the first playing more behind the defense and the second playing behind the midfield). ...


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No No that is just crazy. If your offensive line laid down that might be the last snap your QB plays. When my oldest son was playing pee-wee football he was so fast and low off the ball (smallest kid on the team) that no one could block him. Several refs asked me to take him out of the game after we were up by 30 or so but the offenses weren't even ...


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I use a sweeper because my team is not Barcelona. Usually your sweeper is your fastest, strongest and knowledgable player. On a slow attack i have him as secondary defender while stopper takes over his position. If a fast attack is in progress and the winger is flying, the stopper comes down and we transition to a traditional 4 man line. I think the ...


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