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Encyclopedia > Defensive lineman

A defensive lineman is any of the down positions on the defensive side of American football. Although alignments vary, the most popular consist of either 3 or 4 down linemen. On a 3 lineman set, there are 2 Defensive Ends which bookend an often large Nose Tackle. In a 4 lineman set, the Ends bookend 2 Defensive Tackles. The primary job of a defensive lineman is to gain penetration past the line of scrimmage to disrupt an offensive play. The best results are a sack on the quarterback or tackling a ball carrier for a loss of yardage. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Joe Montana, an American quaterback. ...


Traits in a Defensive Lineman

Almost all Defensive Linemen have certain key traits. These are important factors that often make or break how a lineman performs:

  • Size - most linemen are at least 300 pounds, and somtimes more. By contrast, most NFL running backs weigh no more than about 220-230 pounds
  • Explosiveness - Linemen need to get at the offensive players quickly. They need to be able to explode out of their stance with lots of power and forward drive
  • Durability - Linemen are almost garentueed to take contact on every play in a game. They need to have the durability to withstand hits on every play in the season.

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Types of Defensive Linemen

There are several variations of defensive lineman:

Nose Guard is a position in american football. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Nose guard. ... The defensive team or defense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage not in possession of the ball. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ...

Notable Defensive Linemen

Bruce Smith, a defensive lineman, is the NFL's all-time sack leader. He came to fame as a Buffalo Bill but ended his career as a Washington Redskin in 2002. Other notable defensive linemen throughout NFL history include Reggie White (DE), Elvin Bethea (DE), Art Donovan (DT), Joe Greene (DT), David Jones (DE), Bob Lilly (DT), Howie Long (DE), Gino Marchetti (DE), Merlin Olsen (DT), Alan Page (DT) & Randy White (DT). NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Dark Navy, Red, Royal, Nickel, and White Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. ... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Daniel Snyder General manager Vinny Cerrato Fight song Hail to the Redskins Local radio Flagship stations: WJFK 106. ... Reginald Howard Reggie White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004), nicknamed the Minister of Defense — a dual reference to his football prowess and to his Evangelical Christian ordination — was one of footballs most prolific sackers in college, the USFL and the NFL. // Career Reggie White was born in Chattanooga... Elvin Lamont Bethea (born March 1, 1946, Trenton, New Jersey) is a former American football defensive end who played his entire career with the Houston Oilers. ... Arthur Donovan, Jr. ... Charles Edward Greene, known as Mean Joe Greene (born September 24, 1946 in Temple, Texas), was an American football Defensive Tackle in the NFL. Before his NFL career, Greene had an outstanding college football career at North Texas State University(1966-1968), assisting the team to a 23-5-1... Bob Lilly (born July 26, 1939) is an American football player and photographer. ... Howard Howie Michael Long (born January 9, 1960 in Somerville, Massachusetts) played football as a defensive end, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000. ... Gino John Marchetti (born January 2, 1927 in Smithers, West Virginia) is a former NFL Defensive End who played from 1952 - 1964 and 1966 for the Dallas Texans and the Baltimore Colts. ... Merlin Jay Olsen (born September 15, 1940, Logan, Utah) is a former American football player, playing at defensive tackle first for Utah State University and then (from 1962 to 1976) for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. ... Alan Cedric Page (born August 7, 1945 in Canton, Ohio) is a former football player who starred as a defensive lineman in the NFL, primarily with the Minnesota Vikings, and then went on to have a distinguished legal career, serving as a current member of the Minnesota Supreme Court. ... Randy Lee White (born January 15, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was an All-American football player with the University of Maryland in 1974, and was the Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick in 1975. ...


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Defensive lineman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (310 words)
A defensive lineman is any of the down positions on the defensive side of American football.
The primary job of a defensive lineman is to gain penetration past the line of scrimmage to disrupt an offensive play.
Bruce Smith, a defensive lineman, is the NFL's all-time sack leader.
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