What Is Your Favorite Defender's Role on the Football Field?

I was listening to my favorite morning program, Mike and Mike, earlier this week and they were faced with a trivia question to answer. Golic (one of the Mikes) made a guess, and Greeny (the other Mike) told him, "Incorrect. It's the guy who stands to his left."

CB and I carpool together since my work is on the way to his, so I looked over to him and asked, "Would you really be able to name the guy to someone's left???" He of course looked at me like I had 12 heads and snorted, "Well, yeah. You can't?"

Honestly, not really. Offensive players are one thing, but the other side of the ball leaves me a little hazy. I figured if I felt this way, I wasn't the only one. So today I thought I'd do a breakdown of some of our favorite defenders in the NFL, and where they line up on the field. This is as much for me as it is for anyone else! 



Now keep in mind, there are variations based on formation, but for today I'm going to keep it very basic with one single formation. 






 
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1. JJ Watt || Houston Texans || Defensive End





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JJ has two main jobs....

|| On a pass play || 
Get to the QB and do any of the following: 
block pass, sack, swat football out of hands, cause fumble

|| On a run play || 
Stop the running back ASAP for little to no yards gained


2. Von Miller || Denver Broncos || Outside Linebacker


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Von has a lot of responsibility...

|| On a run play || 
Stop any run that the defensive ends let through.

|| On a pass play || 
Cover any passes thrown in his area of coverage. 

The outside linebacker, Von's position, is the most important position for the linebackers. He is stationed where the most receivers will be. 

If the offense has a wide receiver and a tight end on Von's side of the field, he has the responsibility of stopping both the run and covering the pass for anyone on his side.


3. Richard Sherman || Seattle Seahawks || Cornerback



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Sherman's main job is to defend against the pass

Sherman is expected to be one of the fastest players on the field, both mentally and physically. If the QB launches the ball into the air for a Wide Receiver, Sherman is expected to intercept the ball, or at the very least, break that pass up.

 
4. Ndamukong Suh || Miami Dolphins || Defense Tackle




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Suh has two major jobs

|| On a run play || 
Suh has to clog up the middle so the running back can't break straight up the field. 

|| On a pass play || 
His job is to push the guys on offense (the center and the guards) backwards to give the Defensive Ends a clear line to the QB. 

:: For example :: 
If Suh and JJ Watt were on the same team, Suh would be clearing way for JJ to get to the QB. 
Make sense? 


5. Eric Berry || Kansas City Chiefs || Safety







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There is a chance you haven't heard of Eric Berry, but you need to know who he is. Eric Berry *ahem* a former Tennessee Volunteer, just beat cancer in about 7 months. He was diagnosed with cancer in December, and was cleared to return to play earlier this month. 

DAMN SON. 

Like I said, you should know him. 

Eric's job is simple, but difficult
He is the absolute last line of defense on the field. 
 

|| On a run play || 
If the runner gets past everyone else, HE HAS TO TACKLE THE RUNNING BACK. If he doesn't, a touchdown will occur. 

|| On a pass play || 
Any pass launched downfield that gets past the cornerback/linebacker, Eric is expected to cover. Also, if a wide receiver catches a pass over the cornerback, Eric is expected to tackle him before he can get into the end zone. 
His position is essentially damage control, making him very, very important. 




This post was as helpful for me to write as I hope it will be for you guys to read! Are there any players you love, but you're not sure what their role on the field is? Leave me a question and I'll do my best to get you an answer! 

P.S... Don't forget to use the hashtag #gamedayvibes to link up any and all sports related Instagrams!! 

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Tailgate Cocktail Ideas for Each Different Kickoff Time

Next week y'all. Next freaking week football will grace us with its presence. I have no doubt in my mind that you guys are as excited as I am for this.  I have a few ideas for the next several Drink On Fleeks that will all center around tailgate cocktails. For today, I thought I'd do 3 different cocktail ideas for each different kickoff time: 12pm, 3pm and 7pm. They start out pretty light, and progress to a heavier cocktail as the day goes on. 

Tennessee kicks off the season at 7pm EST for those who may not have written it 15 times in their planner. 

These cocktails are all very quick and easy to make. I've included a list of ingredients and tools you'll need to remember to throw in your cooler before you leave, and you'll be all set for cocktails far more impressive than keg beer. For the record, I'm not knocking keg beer. I'll gladly consume your keg beer too. 

Before I jump in too deep, I want to let you in on my bartender secret. This is something I use to mix my cocktails, and is way more convenient than using a traditional bar shaker. A plastic protein shaker with measurements printed right on the bottle, like this one, is awesome. The small opening also acts as a built in strainer. Just get a cheap one from Walmart or Target, and thank me later. 

Pro Tip: Drink the very last drink listed below at every single event you ever have. It is the best thing you'll ever have in your mouth --- jokes jokes jokes







|| What to Bring to the Tailgate ||

Your Cheap Shaker with Printed Measurements 

Ice

1/2 cup Canned Grapefruit Juice 
(no need to mess with squeezing grapefruits at a tailgate)

1.5 oz Vodka

Salt for rim

Basil + Grapefruit for garnish if you want to get fancy


|| Instructions ||

Spread salt out evenly on a plate. To rim your glass with salt, dip your rim in the grapefruit juice, then into the salt. Add ice to your glass. 

Fill your shaker with ice, and combine grapefruit juice and vodka. Shake and strain into your glass.

Garnish with grapefruit slice and basil.







|| What to Bring to the Tailgate ||

Your Cheap Shaker with Printed Measurements 

Ice

4 oz Pineapple Juice

1.5 oz Tequila

0.5 oz Triple Sec

1 oz Lime Juice

Salt for rim


|| Instructions ||

Spread salt out evenly on a plate. To rim your glass with salt, run a lime wedge along the edge of your glass, then dip into the salt. Add ice to your glass. 

Fill your shaker with ice, pineapple juice, lime juice, triple sec and tequila. Shake and strain into your glass. Garnish with a lime wheel. 










|| What to Bring to the Tailgate ||

Your Cheap Shaker with Printed Measurements

Muddler

Ice

2 oz Jack Daniels

1 oz Simple Syrup

0.5 oz Lemon Juice

Blackberries

Rasberries

Bitters

Mint for Garnish


 || Instructions ||
Muddle 2 blackberries and 2 raspberries in the bottom of your shaker. Add simple syrup, lemon juice and bourbon to your shaker. Shake and strain over a glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint and 3 blackberries. 
This drink is for the night game for a reason. Be ready to be hammered because you'll want to drink 45 of these they are so gosh darn delicious.


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