Inside the playbook: RB alignments
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Over the past week at the National Football Post, here’s what we have broken down on the offensive side of the ball in the NFL:
And as we continue to look inside NFL playbooks, I want to talk about backfield alignments. Another tendency to study from a game plan perspective and another defensive key when you break the huddle.
Here is a rundown of the base alignments you will see in the backfield on Sundays in the pro game:
A couple of quick notes...
Depth of RB: Pre-snap alignment at 8 yards is a high run alert. Shorten down to 5 yards is a high pass alert.
"Chowed" alignment (outside leg of the tackle): Play for the back to release into the route scheme.
Strong I: High tendency to get the Power O (Guard Pull, FB kickout).
Any offset back: Alert for "divide" motion (motion to the core of the formation) to create a buch formation.
Base I: Look for the Lead Strong/Open and playaction.
Dot: Always alert for boot action.
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