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  1. #1
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    Good Article on Hybrid Defenses...

    Nice article here about the trend, that the Bears are a part of, towards hybrid defenses.

    The writer makes a lot of really interesting points that definitely reflect the trends in offense and how they are impacting the traditional defensive formation. He makes a great point outlining how defenses today may not be as concerned about disguising where the rush is coming as they are concerned about disguising the coverage-- which makes a lot of sense in today's pass happy league.

    Also some interesting points on the trend towards symmetrical formations and the reason that "WILL" and "SAM" linebackers are becoming interchangeable and how the run stuffing "MIKE" is a thing of the past.

    Good stuff.

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    This article is a good example of why I don't get caught up in labeling players to a specific position, especially on defense. We are in a NFL-wide transitional process where some positions are getting phased out while new positions are being created. The Jimmy Graham franchise case is a good example of a new position being utilized (or brought back depending on your views): the split end (instead of the tight end).

    On defense I think as teams shift away from specialized safeties and LBers, you won't hear announcers use 'strong side', 'weak side' or 'free' vs. 'weak' safety comments during games as much.
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    Interesting. Was not aware that teams were in a nickel or dime package anywhere from 65-75 percent of the snaps. So the nickel truly is more of a starter than a teams 3rd or 4th linebacker.

    And since defensive coordinators are striving for a symmetrical alignment, I would assume it is much more difficult for QB's to see if defenses are in man or zone with pre-snap motion.
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