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Michigan Football: Coach's Corner -- What is the difference between Strong-side Defensive End and Weak-side Defensive End?

Posted at 6:00am — 5/19/2013

Michigan Football: Coach’s Corner — What is the difference between Strong-side Defensive End and Weak-side Defensive End?

Could someone explain what type of players the staff is looking for at Strong-side Defensive End and Weak-side Defensive End?

Is it an easy transition if a player gets moved back and forth?

Thanks, Sickleave1


Thanks for the question on our message board.

Two completely different positions Sickleave1.

Different techniques and responsibilities.

Strong-side Defensive End, 5-tech is the primary run defender of the defense. He is C-Gap player and has maintain gap integrity or this defense will not work. Size is a definite help, he has help on the edge from Sam linebacker.

Rush-Defensive End, is also a 5-tech player, but his primary job is to maintain outside leverage / hold the edge. He can be much smaller and more of a pass rush type player.

The key to playing in the box in this defense is to not get hooked. If you give up your far number or outside shoulder the defense will not be very successful.

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