Since the Superbowl is tomorrow, it seems like a good time to educate potential casual viewers as well as some more seasoned fans, including myself, on some of the less well known and understood aspects of the game.
The first piece today will provide you some information on the different sort of defensive formations and terms you are likely to hear about during tomorrow's game. Let's start with a really good and informative video on the different positions and roles.
Next let's look at a few common types of defense: The Nickel defense, the dime package, the cover 2, and the blitz.
The nickel defense - extra pass coverage:
Dime defense - Why run it? A sure passing situation (1 of 4):
Dime defense - positioning the players (2 of 4):
Dime defense - How to run a dime defense, double coverage (3 of 4):
Dime defense - Rushing the QB (4 of 4):
The Cover 2:
And finally probably the best simplified description of all, Football Sheology;s explanation of the Blitz: