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Football Defense

What is the defense in football? How many players are on the defense? What are the positions of the football defense? Get ready to learn all about football defenses.

Football Defense

The defensive unit, or the defense for short, is called onto the field when a team does not have possession of the ball.

Football Defense

Defense Positions

A football defense has the following positions:

Football Defense Goals

The goals of the defense are:

  • To prevent a score by the other team
  • To get possession of the ball

The defense accomplishes these goals by forcing turnovers and by tackling the ball carrier.

Football Tackling

Tackling is the act of bringing the ball carrier to the ground. When a player is tackled the down is over. The defense must be good at tackling to force a turnover.

Football Tackling

Football Coverage

Coverage defines the alignment of the defense on the field. There are two basic kinds of coverage:

Football Zone

Football Blitz

A blitz in football is a play design that has the defense sprint towards the quarterback at the start of a down for a sack.

Football Blitz

A sack is when the defense tackles the quarterback for a loss of yards.

Football Sack

Football Terms

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