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    Identifying the Mike

    Ok, so my football theory is minimal, so I have a question for everyone. When the QB comes to the line of scrimmage and identifies the Mike Linebacker, what does that accomplish exactly?


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    Re: Identifying the Mike

    It identifies where the central point of the defense is, and the place the defense is most likely wanting the play to flow to.



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    Re: Identifying the Mike

    Quote Originally Posted by guitarchitect7 View Post
    Ok, so my football theory is minimal, so I have a question for everyone. When the QB comes to the line of scrimmage and identifies the Mike Linebacker, what does that accomplish exactly?
    M in Mike means Middle Linebacker. S in Sam means Strong side linebacker. W in Will means Weak side linebacker. Usually weak side means the short side of the field.


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    Re: Identifying the Mike

    I understand the acronyms, but it seemed that even the Sams were being labeled as the Mikes. I always thought it was based about the central point of the Defense, but didn't know if there was more to that.


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    Re: Identifying the Mike

    For my high school team the will linebacker was not on the weak side of the field but the weak side of the offensive formation(ie, the side without a tight end).



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    Re: Identifying the Mike

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyfan322 View Post
    For my high school team the will linebacker was not on the weak side of the field but the weak side of the offensive formation(ie, the side without a tight end).
    That's the same way it was at my high school--the outside linebackers switched sides, so that the guy who started on the strong side stayed on the side of the tight end the whole game, regardless of which side that meant.



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