How Hybrid Defenders Are Changing Modern NFL Defenses

May 28, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL is an ever-changing entity comprised of intelligent people who have dedicated their lives to discovering the slightest tactical advantage. Games are often decided on a small handful of plays that turn the tide for one side. Any misstep or personnel edge can become a great strength or devastating weakness.
As passing-game efficiency has risen over the last decade, defenses have been forced to adjust to become more versatile and less predictable. This includes hybrid defenders who may not have prototypical size or skill sets for one specific position, but can be utilized in various situations and alignments because of their impact defending the pass. The recent revolution has changed how modern defense is played.
According to Pro Football Focus (via Peter King of The MMQB), defenses played in nickel defenses 63.4 percent of all snaps in 2015—an all-time high. With five or more defensive backs on the field, defenses can cover more ground quickly to help smoth...

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