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Old 24.07.2012, 11:02 AM
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can you please explain the different linebacker positions, i have heard mike, sam and jack.

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Old 24.07.2012, 11:56 AM
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Sam - strong side linebacker
Will - Weak side linebacker
Mike - Middle linebacker

Jack - not familiar with this one but i'm assuming it's some sort of hybrid used in nickel/dime formations - maybe a strong safety/LB hybrid?
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Old 24.07.2012, 12:06 PM
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Sam - strong side linebacker
Will - Weak side linebacker
Mike - Middle linebacker

Jack - not familiar with this one but i'm assuming it's some sort of hybrid used in nickel/dime formations - maybe a strong safety/LB hybrid?
I found this which explains that a Jack LB is essentially the fourth LB in a 3-4 defence. They will tend to be edge rushers. However, reality is of course not quite so clear-cut:

http://www.fromtherumbleseat.com/201...er-terminology

I'd not heard of a Jack LB before, you learn something new every day
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Old 24.07.2012, 01:14 PM
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I found this which explains that a Jack LB is essentially the fourth LB in a 3-4 defence. They will tend to be edge rushers. However, reality is of course not quite so clear-cut:

http://www.fromtherumbleseat.com/201...er-terminology

I'd not heard of a Jack LB before, you learn something new every day
That's basically it - you never really hear the term in the NFL but it's frequently used in the Arena Football League.
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Old 24.07.2012, 01:31 PM
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As people say, in a 4-3 the Sam-Mike-Will positions are pretty generally accepted.

In a 3-4 the terminology seems to vary team-to-team. I've seen the weakside OLB variously called Jack, Will, Buck and the WILB similarly. The term 'Leo' is seems to be very in vogue at the moment, I believe referring to an SOLB who often plays as a 3point stance DE.

The terms are not completely useless owing to the fact that, say, a 3-4 SOLB will often require different skills to a WOLB (generally stronger against the run and setting the edge, less of a passrusher).

Still given subpackages (nickel & dime) are used pretty much half the time these days since multiple WR sets are so prevalent, and because the defensive assignments vary play-to-play, I sometimes think that it's not worth spending too much time generalising defenses so much. Unless of course you plan on watching 'one-play-Manusky'-coordinated defenses a lot.

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Old 24.07.2012, 01:54 PM
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thanks for the replies guys,i have been watching the game for a while now but some of the terminology still baffles me at times.
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Old 24.07.2012, 02:26 PM
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Names can be interchangeable I suppose depending on the team and playbook of the D coordinator...but every opposing offense will always call the middle linebacker...Mike...as his position on the field reveals the D and the QB sets the blocking scheme for the offense by identifying the Mike.

I've posted this before and it's well worth watching: http://msn.foxsports.com/topics/m/vi...g-the-mike.htm
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that video was really good.
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Old 27.07.2012, 01:14 AM
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as a quarterback is it important they identify "mike" before play???

im confused
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Old 27.07.2012, 07:18 AM
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Well it's important to identify the whole defensive alignment and probable coverage. The example in the video is just a method of shifting the protection to account for a look and probable pass rushing scheme.

The 'Mike' is still the 'Mike', just this is an example of an easy way to get everyone on the same page by treating 'Sam' as 'Mike' on this play with respect to blocking assignments.
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