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    Nckel and Dime time

    I should know this, but...

    In nickel and dime packages, (I assume on third down), an additional one or two cover guys are added to the defense. Who do they replace, the linebackers?

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    Re: Nckel and Dime time

    Quote Originally Posted by VegasRam View Post
    I should know this, but...

    In nickel and dime packages, (I assume on third down), an additional one or two cover guys are added to the defense. Who do they replace, the linebackers?
    Generally speaking, yes.
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    Re: Nckel and Dime time

    Thanks, Hubs. I felt better seeing 14 views without any answers.

    You said, "generally..." Can you elaborate?
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    Re: Nckel and Dime time

    Nickel is usually when you replace a linebacker with a defensive back, and dime is usually when you replace TWO linebackers with TWO defensive backs.
    However, some teams will do nickel packages, and instead of taking out a linebacker, they will remove a defensive tackle, giving you 3 D-line, 3 LBs, and 5 DBs. That's for your average 4-3 defense.

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    Re: Nckel and Dime time

    Quote Originally Posted by VegasRam View Post
    Thanks, Hubs. I felt better seeing 14 views without any answers.

    You said, "generally..." Can you elaborate?
    It's like what Keenum said. On rare instances, a defense could go with 3 DL, 2 LB, and 6 DBs...........a dime's worth of backs, but still 2 LBs. However, that would be an odd mix of personnel, and it must be two pretty solid LBs left on the field.

    Also, there is the quarter package. Typically, that is 3 DL, 1 LB, and 7 DBs...........this is where it's 3rd and 68 to go. Again, rarely seen, except during junk time.
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    Re: Nckel and Dime time

    Or quarter can be used during the always fun to watch Hail Mary. Just don't try it on Doug Flutie

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    Re: Nckel and Dime time

    The easiest way to think about it is in any base defense, there's four defensive backs. Nickel has five, Dime six, and Quarter seven. You then can mix and match however many linemen and linebackers you have, depending upon the scheme and, well, coach. You could easily have one lineman and three linebackers in a quarter alignment, though you better hope that they don't have anyone in the backfield.

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    Re: Nckel and Dime time

    What I hope, and think will happen.

    Starters:
    Tye Hill, and Ronald Bartell

    Nickelback:
    Fakhir Brown

    Dime:
    Jonathan Wade

    Lenny Walls will do good this camp but will make it as a reserve.
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    Re: Nckel and Dime time

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan16 View Post
    What I hope, and think will happen.

    Starters:
    Tye Hill, and Ronald Bartell

    Nickelback:
    Fakhir Brown

    Dime:
    Jonathan Wade

    Lenny Walls will do good this camp but will make it as a reserve.
    Before the Brown suspension, Bartell and Wade were suppose to compete for the Nickelback spot. Now if Bartell starts and does well, Brown may have to settle for that NB, but until then, I know the Rams are hoping Wade can take over the NB spot.

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