Broncos vs. Colts: 3rd Quarter Defensive Alignments and Defensive Tackle Techniques

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Next up is the 3rd quarter!

How do I figure out offensive personnel?

The magic number is always "5". The first number always tells you how many RB/FB are in the formation, the second number always tells you how many TE are in the formation. You figure out how many WR by adding up the two numbers and taking it away from 5.

Example:

11 personnel

1 RB 1 TE

1+1=2

5-2=3 You have 3 WR's in 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WR)

It is just shorthand folks.

What does 3-3-5 or 4-2-5 mean?

Again it's just shorthand for the defense. The first number tells you how many DL there are, the second number tells you how many LB there are, the last number tells you how many DB there are (corners and safeties). Therefore 3-3-5 means there are 3 DL 3 LB and 5 DB in the game on that formation.

If you have 5 DB in the game, that defense is called "nickel"

If you have 6 DB in the game, that defense is called "dime"

Changes to the system

- Whether or not I think the front is a 3-4, 5-2 etc, I will now always label it "under"

- I will indicate if the ends are standing up in a 2-point stance (up) next to the technique. If their hand is on the ground, they will just be listed with their technique.

3rd Q Log

Snap

Down

Offense

Defense

38

1-10

20

3-3-5

39

2-11

11

3-3-5

40

3-11

11

4-1-6

41

1-10

22

4-3

42

2-3

22

Under

43

3-2

11

3-3-5

44

1-10

11

4-2-5

45

2-11

20

3-3-5

46

3-11

20

3-1-7

47

1-10

21

Under

48

2-8

21

Under

49

1-10

11

4-2-5

50

2-6

11

4-2-5

51

1-10

20

3-3-5

3-3-5

3-3-5_medium

Different use for Von Miller as a stand up 3-tech.

Snap

Down

Offense

Front/Techniques

38

1-10

20

Irving 9 (up), Wolfe 3, Knighton 0, Vickerson 3, Miller 7 (up)

39

3-11

11

Irving 9 (up), Wolfe 3, Knighton 0, Vickerson 3, Miller 9 (up)

51

1-10

20

Miller 7 (up), Unrein 3, Williams 0, Wolfe 7

4-1-6

- Didn't grab a screen shot of it

Snap

Down

Offense

Front/Techniques

40

3-11

11

Miller 7 (up), Wolfe 3, Vickerson 3, Phillips 9 (up)

4-3

4-3_medium

Some straight up 4-3

Snap

Down

Offense

Front/Techniques

41

1-10

22

Phillips 8, Knighton 1, Vickerson 3, Wolfe 9

43

3-2

11

Jackson 9, Knighton 3, Phillips 9

45

2-11

20

Wolfe 7, Knighton 0, Vickerson 3, Miller 7 (up)

Under

5-2_td_medium

Snap

Down

Offense

Front/Techniques

42

2-3

22

Phillips 9, Knighton 3, Vickerson 1, Wolfe 4, Miller 9

47

1-10

21

Phillips 9 (up), Knighton 3, Vickerson 1, Wolfe 5, Miller 9 (up)

48

2-8

21

Phillips 9 (up), Knighton 3, Vickerson 1, Wolfe 4, Miller 9 (up)

4-2-5

Snap

Down

Offense

Front/Techniques

44

1-10

11

Miller 9 (up), Vickerson 3, Knighton 3, Wolfe 9

49

1-10

11

Miller 9 (up), Vickerson 3, Williams 1, Wolfe 7

50

2-6

11

Miller 8 (up), Knighton 3, Williams 1, Wolfe 7

3-1-7

3-2-5_11_medium

3-3-5_12_medium

Snap

Down

Offense

Front/Techniques

46

3-11

20

Miller 7 (up), Jackson 0, Phillips (7) up

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