The goals of the secondary are the following:
- to prevent a score from the offense
- to counter the offense's receivers and ball-carrier that breaks the defensive line
- to sack the quarterback
- to create turnovers
LINGO ALERT: a route is pre-planned path that a receiver runs on the field with the intent of catching a pass thrown by the quarterback. Routes can be complicated or simple depending on the play design.
Strong & Free Safety (SS, FS)
- the size of the player
- the speed of the player
- position on the field either the strong side or the weak side
LINGO ALERT: the strong side of a football field is the side of the field that the tight end positions himself on. Many offensive and defensive plays are designed around the offensive tight end position. The weak side of the football field is the other side.