Monday, October 13, 2008
Defensive line positions consist of defensive ends, defensive tackles, and nose tackles. Defensive ends are two players that line up at both ends of the defensive line. Their job is to rush the passer and to stop running plays coming to the outside. Defensive tackles are the two players that line up inside next to the defensive ends. Their job is to rush the passer and to stop any running plays that come up the middle. Nose tackle is a player that lines up nose to nose with the center. His job is similar to the defensive tackle, create a pass rush and stop any thing from coming up the middle. How these defensive players line up depends on what defensive formation they are in. Teams usually run a basic defense consisting of four down linemen, two defensive ends and two defensive tackles. Two other popular formations are when a team uses three man and five man defensive lines. In a three line formation there is two defensive ends and one nose tackle. In a five man line formation (usually used on goal defense) there are two ends two tackles and a nose tackle. To be a good defensive lineman there are certain traits he must have, they are size, strength, quickness, durability, and mental toughness. Defensive linemen must have size and strength to defeat the offensive lineman in front of him. He must have speed and quickness to rush the quarterback. He must also be durable and posses’ mental toughness in order to take a pounding play after play.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD DEFENSIVE LINEMAN
1. Must have the size, most defensive linemen in the NFL are at least 270 pounds. on a football team the defensive tackles and nose guards are usually the biggest and strongest players on the defensive unit. The defensive ends are usually the next biggest players on the defense.
2. Must have Explosiveness, defensive linemen have to be able to come out of their stance with plenty of speed and power.
3. Must be mentally tough and durable, defensive lineman will make contact with offensive players on almost every play.
QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK
1. Who is the best defensive linemen of all times in the NFL?
2. Who is the best defensive end in the NFL for 2008?
3. Who is the best defensive tackle in the NFL for 2008?
4. Who do you think will win the MVP in the NFL for 2008?
5. Who do you think will win the heisman trophy in 2008?
ANSWER TO PREVIOUS QUESTIONS
1. Lou Groza - Cleveland Browns 1946 - 1967.
2. Adam Vinatieri - NE Patriots 1996 - 2005/ Indianapolis Colt 2005 - present.
3.Best College coach all time is Paul Bear Bryant - Alabama 1958 - 1982.
Best NFL coach all time is Vince Lombardi - Green Bay Packers - 1959 -1967.
4.Best College coach for 2008 is Pete Carroll - USC.
Best NFL coach for 2008 is Bill Belicheck - New England Patriots.
5. 70% said no about Lane Kiffin getting fired.
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