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Thread: Techniques and Gaps Explained...

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    Quote Originally Posted by phinfan33 View Post
    i understand a lot about football,and the responsibilities of the players out on the field,but there are certain things i don't quite get and would like to learn so i can have an even better understanding of the game...if somebody says to me that player X is a 5 Technique DE or is a 3 Technique or even a 0 Technique,or that player Y's responsibility is to control the A gap or B gap...what's the A&B gaps and what is a 5,3,or even 0 technique defensive player and what's his responsibility? some of you may think..damn dude,how do you not understand what all that means...well,i don't and want to learn,so help a fellow fins fan out ok...
    Thank you for asking that question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TedSlimmJr View Post
    The A-gaps are the gaps on either side of the center... between the center and guards...

    The B-gaps are the gaps between the guards and tackles...

    The C-gaps are between the offensive tackles and tight end...

    The D-gaps are outside of the tight end...






    The techniques are in reference to how and where the defensive guy lines up...



    0-technique = lined up nose to nose with the center (a nose tackle)...

    1-technique = lined up in the middle of the A-gap...

    2-technique = lined up nose to nose with the guard..

    3-technique = lined up on the outside shoulder of the RG... responsible for the B-gap. A "one-gapper".... (think Warren Sapp, John Randle, etc.)

    4-technique = lined up nose to nose with the offensive tackle..

    5-technique = lined up on th outside shoulder of the offensive tackle (a RDE in a 3-4 defense)

    6-technique = lined up on the tight end..

    7-technique = lined up on the inside shoulder of the tight end and outside shoulder of the offensive tackle... (think Jared Allen, Michael Strahan, etc.)

    8-technique = lined up on the "ghost" on the outside shoulder of the tight end..

    9-technique = nose lined up on the outside shoulder of the tight end...
    Thank you for this answer, your answer is very informative.
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