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What is the difference between a free safety and a strong safety?


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2015-07-17 17:49:11
2015-07-17 17:49:11

the strong safety lines up on the strong side - whichever side the tight end lines up on

The strong safety will usually defend the tight end in man-to-man defenses while the free safety will read the offense and determine where the ball is going to be thrown and try to be there to help in defending. Also, generally speaking, the strong safety will help towards the line of scrimmage on running plays.

Typically the strong safety is used more in run support and a free safety is used more to defend the pass. Strong safeties are usually slightly bigger, better tacklers, and play closer to the line of scrimmage. Some strong safeties are former linebackers like Michael Boulware of the Seattle Seahawks.

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strong usually plays a bigger role in the run game

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He's a free safety. In actuality, in most 3-4 defenses, and in Baltimore's especially, there is not discernable difference. The definition of a Strong Safety is somebody who lines up on the strong side of the offense. Ed Reed does this. But he also lines up on the weak side or drops back in to a center field role also. So what is Ed Reed? A safety. On the Ravens, there is no free or strong.

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they play in the defensive backfield along with the cornerbacks and strong safety.


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