Talk amongst yourselves
Click here to buy PDF version.
Click here to buy PDF version
01 Mar 2010
Can somebody explain the differences between 2,3 and 5 technique DE's?
Posted by: thalassanos on 01 Mar 2010
1 reply , Last at
02 Mar 2010, 1:16pm by
The technique number indicates where a defensive lineman lines up before the snap relative to the offensive line. A 0-technique player lines up directly across from the center, and the numbers go up as you move outward, with even numbers across from an offensive lineman and odd numbers in a gap between offensive linemen. 1 technique is between the C & and a G, 2 technique is across from G, 3 between G & OT, 4 across from OT, 5 between OT & TE (or where the TE would be), 6 across from TE (or where the TE would be). Penetrating, one-gap defensive linemen typically use an odd-numbered technique, while two-gap linemen use an even-numbered technique.
© Football Outsiders, Inc. // Site powered by Stein-Wein // Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties