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Admittedly not an x's and o's guy, wondering the technical difference between a 1 tech and 3 tech DT. TIA
Zero tech lines up directly over tackle. So a one tech is shaded over the shoulder
Essentially it is like a timeline 0 1 3 5 7.
It just starts in the center at 0 lining up directly over center. Then the numbers coordinate with positions on down the line in terms of where the offensive line is.
Here's a good answer that I'm copying and pasting from another site:
Its essentially got to do with where the defensive lineman lines up against the offensive line.
If a defensive lineman lines up opposite:
1. of the center then he's playing 0-technique.
2. of the gap between the center and guard (A-gap) then he's playing 1 technique.
3. of the guard then he's playing 2-technique.
4. of the gap between the guard and the tackle then he's playing 3-technique.
5. of the tackle then he's playing 4-technique
6. go the gap between tackle and tight-end then h's playing 5-technique.
Now that is just the terminology.
Warren Sapp played 3-technique which is a difficult position to play. The interesting part is why this makes a difference. Defensive coaches realized that it made more sense to overload one side than evenly match the offensive line equally on both sides. Also depending on personnel you could get a huge advantage from the initial starting position of the d-line.
Essentially you position your 4 defensive lineman such that your strongest Defensive Tackle goes up against one of the weaker offensive lineman in a one-on-one situation.
And I've linked a very good article from the NY Times. Check it out. It's a good read.
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I was taught that is how the Oline works. The Dline is as Frank C stated.
To go off of Frank, it looks like this from what I remember (I was a SLB so I may have this wrong).
5 4 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6
4 is the Tackles, 2 is the Guards, and 0 is the Center.
Odd numbers are the gaps between the olinemen.
I may be wrong about this, but I believe the Nose is more difficult to play because you have to handle two gaps and learn the technique for that. The nose or one would be like the three tech, only he wants to take on two blockers to keep any of the interior linemen from coming clean on the linebacker.
What makes Sapp exceptional was his rare combination of size, strength and quickness. 3-techs, especially in a conventional 4-3 often need to be the best of both worlds.
For example, I think the shift to 3-tech by Campbell (at least after watching the game) was brought on because he simply isn't gap sound and 3-tech is easier for him.
The nose is the most difficult position to play in the DLine of a 3-4 scheme but in a traditional 4-3 there is 2 DTs so the responsibility for the gaps is shared.
But I'm not positive I understand what you were saying where frank is right and I'm wrong. Could you clarify?
This post was edited by kylebennett7127 19 months ago
If I read it right, what you posted was the 0-tech and then the gap positions, 1,3, 5, 7. Frank included those lining up over an olineman.
Oh oh oh. Yes. I just figured that he could fill in the blank with that. The most common techs are the gaps.
0 is over the center. then there is a "shade" to either side of center.
2 is directly over guard. 1 is inside eye of guard. 3 is outside eye
4 head up over tackle. 4i is inside eye. 5 is outside eye
6 head up on TE. 7 is inside. 9 is outside if you subscribe to certain old school coaches. Others call this an 8tech
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