In theory, the 3-4 is more flexible for defending the pass and plays on the edge. This is because it’s easier to drop a linebacker into coverage than a defensive end. However, the 4-3 is generally better at stopping common inside run plays because there are more defensive linemen in the game at once.
Being variants of 19th century rugby football, American and Canadian football position nomenclature has its origin there. It being seen that the players outside scrimmage (the “pack”, i.e. the forwards) were not limited to a defensive role, the tends and half-tends were renamed “back” and “half back” positions.
Sometimes referred to as the “Oklahoma Defense”, the 50 defense structure involves 5 defensive lineman (1 nose, 2 defensive tackles, and 2 defensive ends) on the line of scrimmage and 2 linebackers behind them. This defensive setup is similar to the 3-4, and primarily used to stop teams that run the ball.
References Positions in American football and Canadian football Offense (Skill position) Defense Linemen Guard, Tackle, Center Linemen Quarterback (Dual-threat, Game manager, System) Linebacker Running backs Halfback/Tailback (Triple-threat, Change of pace), Fullback, H-back, Wingback Backs
There are 24 different football positions, with 22 players on the field at a time and around 50 players total on each NFL team (college teams are even larger). That said, learning each player’s role on the team isn’t as complicated as you might think.Aug 9, 2021