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scrimmage: defense click to hear : scrimmage: defense

The defense tries to prevent the opponent’s movement toward the end zone by stopping runs and passes.
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neutral zone left cornerback left safety left defensive end middle linebacker right safety outside linebacker right cornerback inside linebacker left defensive tackle right defensive tackle right defensive end

neutral zone click to hear : neutral zone

Gap the equivalent of one ball length, it separates the offense and defense on the line of scrimmage and cannot be crossed before the snap.

left cornerback click to hear : left cornerback

Position at the far left of the main defensive line; this player is very fast and usually covers the opposing team’s wide receiver.

left safety click to hear : left safety

Position behind the main defensive line on the left side of the field; an excellent tackler, this player is often relied on to stop running plays.

left defensive end click to hear : left defensive end

Position on the outside of the left defensive tackle; this player pressures the quarterback and tries to stop the outside run.

middle linebacker click to hear : middle linebacker

Position behind the main defensive line; this player combines speed and size especially to stop running plays in the center of the field.

right safety click to hear : right safety

Position behind the main defensive line on the right side of the field; this player is used mostly for the ability to cover passes.

outside linebacker click to hear : outside linebacker

Position near or behind the main defensive line on the right side of the field; agile and versatile, this player is effective against running and passing plays.

right cornerback click to hear : right cornerback

Position at the far right of the main defensive line; this player is very fast and covers the opposing team’s wide receiver.

inside linebacker click to hear : inside linebacker

Position near or behind the main defensive line on the left side of the field; agile and versatile, this player is effective against passing and running plays.

left defensive tackle click to hear : left defensive tackle

Position to the left of the middle linebacker; powerful and tough, this player is especially effective at stopping running plays.

right defensive tackle click to hear : right defensive tackle

Position to the right of the middle linebacker; powerful and tough, this player is especially effective at stopping running plays.

right defensive end click to hear : right defensive end

Position to the right of the right defensive tackle; this player pressures the quarterback and tries to stop outside runs.