New England Patriots “Point” Front and Cover 1 Funnel

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The evolution of the Tight End position in the NFL has changed defenses in an astronomical way. Gone are the days of teams using (3-4, 4-3) base defense on first and second down with sub defenses sprinkled in on passing downs. The Tight End position has created a position in itself on the defense side of the ball referred to as a “Nickel Safety.”

In an effort to slow down these world class athletes Nick Saban and Bill Belichick have turned to a defensive front that the two may or may not have created in their tenure in Cleveland. The first time the “Point” front showed up in a playbook was in Nick Saban’s 2001 LSU Playbook.

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Don Brown’s Kamikaze Web & Bill Belichick’s Tampa 2 Corner Blitz

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With his arrival in Ann Arbor this past fall, Don Brown did not disappoint as he led Michigan to the #1 ranked defense in college football this past season. Brown approaches defense the way offensive coordinators approach offense. His schemes are very creative and he will continue to play aggressive for four quarters.

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