Whatever Happened to the 46 Defense?

Posted: 5th November 2009 by Justin Javan in NFL
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One of my readers wrote to me the other day,áand wanted to know why we donÆt see the old Bears ô46ö defense anymore. As I started to reply to him, I thought that this would make for an interesting article for everyone to read. Here is a bit of trivia before we get into how the 46 defense worked, and why we donÆt see it much anymore: The name 46 defense didnÆt come from the alignment of the players on defense; áit came from free safety Doug Plank, who wore jersey number 46, and was a hybrid free safety slash linebacker in Buddy RyanÆs system. The basic idea of the 46 defense is that the defensive tackle lines up over the center, the other defensive tackle lines up over the right guard, and a defensive end lines up over the left guard.á No defenders are placed over the offensive tac ...

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