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QB Pressure: Defensive Linemen Vs. Linebackers

Article By on 10th January, 2010

... one of the most important things a defense can do. Getting a sack, deflecting a ball, forcing an early pass can all lead to a change of possession or swing the momentum in your favor.

Getting to the quarterback is a job that requires perfect execution. Using the right move or sending the blitz through a specific gap can give the defense the advantage.

Because timing is crucial to a sack, defensive backs will rarely get the opportunity. So the pressuring is left to the defensive line and linebackers. While each are vital to the play, which position is more likely to be successful and, therefore, more dangerous?

Defensive Line —The line is where the most physical part of the game is. Therefore, linemen are usual...

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