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2 Minute Defenseby: Larry Peccatiello,
Defensive Coordinator, Detroit Lions
© August 1999
We have all heard TV analysts saying "Prevent defense. What does it prevent?" To an extent, this question seems to have some validity. However, defensive coaches must have the necessary "ammo" to make a variety of calls with regards to score, time remaining and time outs. Having the flexibility to use a three- or four-man line gives you an advantage in the two minute, no-huddle situation.
Our "rover" package gives us a chance to play both a three- or four-man line within the context of one defense. This personnel grouping consists of three defensive linemen, six defensive backs, one linebacker, and the "rover." The player who is the rover must be capable of being a linebacker or a fourth defensive lineman.
Before examing this concept in more detail, here are several important factors both players and coaches must consider:
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