Canadian Football Defence Question: Formations

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Canadian Football Defence Question: Formations

by Paolo X » Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:11 am

I'm new to the league as of last summer and am a "CFL University Freshman" on here so to speak.

My basic question is on defencive formations used in Canadian football at various levels of play, for I am familiar with them in the American football.

For first and second downs in Canadian football on defence, what formations are used typically with the twelve men?

For example, in American football with eleven players they are largely one of the following by level of play, but what are the corresponding common defences in Canadian football at each level?

(Number of linemen + number of linebackers)

High School -- 5-2, 5-3, 4-4, or 4-3
NCAA -- 4-3 or 4-4
NFL -- 3-4 or 4-3
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Re: Canadian Football Defence Question: Formations

by Massdestruction » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:15 am

Correct. 12th man in secondary. Note significant adjustment in coverage with even number,s(Can)vs odd(U.S,)__
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Re: Canadian Football Defence Question: Formations

by Paolo X » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:31 am

Massdestruction wrote:Correct. 12th man in secondary. Note significant adjustment in coverage with even number,s(Can)vs odd(U.S,)__


So what does this mean exactly? A 4-4 in CFL ball is common? But what about at other Canadian levels? Same or differences?
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Re: Canadian Football Defence Question: Formations

by Massdestruction » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:44 am

4-4 in amature rank,s is not uncommon. Exactly put the 12th man establishes a problem for offences in creating odd man situation,s. leading to more I.N.T,s.
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Re: Canadian Football Defence Question: Formations

by ugo » Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:20 am

Massdestruction wrote:4-4 in amature rank,s is not uncommon. Exactly put the 12th man establishes a problem for offences in creating odd man situation,s. leading to more I.N.T,s.


We played a 4-4 in high school, not well mind you.
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Re: Canadian Football Defence Question: Formations

by Avro Arrow » Sun Aug 08, 2010 8:27 pm

Just like in the NFL, the CFL tends to be dominated by the 3-4 and 4-3 defensive fronts depending on whether a team has better defensive linemen or linebackers. The difference is in the secondary:

In the NFL you'd have 2 cornerbacks, a strong safety and a free safety. In the CFL, cornerbacks are still there out on the flanks but there are also two defensive halfbacks (the defensive counterpart to the slotback) who play further back than the corners and also halfway between the centre of the formation and the spots where the cornerbacks line up. There's no such thing as a "strong" or "free" safety, there's just a safety and he lines up on the centre line of the formation directly behind the nose tackle (3-4) or the middle linebacker (4-3). He stands even further back than the halfbacks. He is the last line of defence, only there to stop a receiver who has eluded the rest of the defensive backs. That's why he's called a safety. Hope this helps! :D
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Re: Canadian Football Defence Question: Formations

by CatsFaninOttawa » Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:34 am

A variation on the 4-3 is to pull the outside linebackers in and back a bit and push the defensive halfs up to the line before the snap. This covers the quick dump to the tight end or slot back over the middle. The halfs can either bump the receiver at the line, hoping to kill the timing of the play, or drop back just before the snap to provide deep coverage. And if you've got a fast linebacker, he can drop in deep coverage from there as well.

A secondary role of the safety is the blitz. He's usually one of the fastest guys on the team and one of the best open field tacklers, so if he gets through or around the line, he can cause the quarterback some major headaches.
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