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TermDefinition
$Strong Safety, Star
#1Receiver nearest the sideline on that side of the ball
#2Receiver second from the sideline on that side of the ball (can be a WR, TE, or even RB)
#3Receiver third from the sideline on that side of the ball (can be a WR, TE, or even RB)
#4Receiver fourth from the sideline on that side of the ball (can be a WR, TE, or even RB)
0 RouteQuick hitch
0 TechniqueAligned head-up over the center
00 Personnel0 RBs, 0 TEs, 5 WRs
00 TechniqueAligned over the center at linebacker level
01 Personnel0 RBs, 1 TE, 4 WRs
02 Personnel0 RBs, 2 TEs, 3 WRs
03 Personnel0 RBs, 3 TEs, 2 WRs
04 Personnel0 RBs, 4 TEs, 1 WR
05 Personnel0 RBs, 5 TEs, 0 WRs
1 RouteBench route
1 TechniqueAligned over the center's shoulder
10 Personnel1 RB, 0 TEs, 4 WRs
10 TechniqueAligned over the center's shoulder at linebacker level
11 Personnel1 RB, 1 TEs, 3 WRs
12 Personnel1 RB, 2 TEs, 2 WRs
12th manHome field advantage due to the crowd
13 Personnel1 RB, 3 TEs, 1 WR
14 Personnel1 RB, 4 TEs, 0 WRs
2 RouteQuick slant
2 TechniqueAligned head-up over the guard
20 Personnel2 RBs, 0 TEs, 3 WRs
20 TechniqueAligned over the guard at linebacker level
21 Personnel2 RBs, 1 TE, 2 WRs
22 Personnel2 RBs, 2 TEs, 1 WR
23 Personnel2 RBs, 3 TEs, 0 WRs
2i TechniqueAligned over the guard's inside shoulder, "i" standing for inside
3-on-2A man-to-man coverage technique (typically by LBs) where 3 receivers defend 2 receivers based on the release of their route
3 RouteDeep out
3 TechniqueAligned over the guard's outside shoulder
30 Personnel3 RBs, 0 TEs, 2 WRs
30 TechniqueAligned over the guard's outside shoulder at linebacker level
31 Personnel3 RBs, 1 TE, 1 WR
32 Personnel3 RBs, 2 TEs, 0 WRs
3-3-5 Defense3 DL, 3 LBs, 5 DBs (generally 3 safeties)
3-4 Defense3 DL, 4 LBs, 4 DBs
3-5-3 Defense3 DL, 5 LBs, 3 DBs
4 RouteCurl
4 TechniqueAligned head-up over the tackle
40 TechniqueAligned over the tackle at linebacker level
4-2-5 Defense4 DL, 2 LBs, 5 DBs (generally 3 safeties)
4-3 Defense4 DL, 3 LBs, 4 DBs
4-4 Defense4 DL, 4 LBs, 3 DBs
46 DefenseBear defense, named after Doug Plank who wore #46. Defense specifically covers the Center and both Guards on offense
4i TechniqueAligned over the tackle's inside shoulder, "i" standing for inside
5 RouteCome back
5 TechniqueAligned over the tackle's outside shoulder
50 TechniqueAligned over the tackle's outside shoulder at linebacker level
5-2 Defense5 DL, 2 LBs, 4 DBs
5-3 Defense5 DL, 3 LBs, 3 DBs
6 RouteDig, Square In
6 TechniqueAligned head-up over the tight end
60 TechniqueAligned over the tight end at linebacker level
6-2 Defense6 DL, 2 LBs, 3 DBs (traditionally a goal line defense)
6i TechniqueAligned over the tight end's inside shoulder, "i" standing for inside
7 RouteCorner, Flag
7 TechniqueAligned over the tight end's outside shoulder
70 TechniqueAligned over the tight end's outside shoulder at linebacker level
7-1-2-1 Defense7 DL, 1 LB, 2 CB, 1 Deep Safety
7-2-2 Defense7 DL, 2 LBs, 2 DBs
7-on-7Practice Passing Drill involving QB, C, and eligible receivers
8 RoutePost
9 RouteStreak, Fade, Go
9 TechniqueLined up outside the tight end's body

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