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What are the quarterbacks doing when they point at the defense? Brian Billick explains in this edition of Billick 101.
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It's hard to watch NFL football game to date that you don't see the quarterback. Pulling out from center and winning two different linebackers and you hear them call out you'll hear him say like 52. Or Mike fifty. What let me tell you what he's doing and how it affects the protection that's primarily for protection. Lot of teams have gotten the point where the center will make the -- call. Occasionally the quarterback will sign off or change the Mike call some teams still have a quarterback responsible for identifying the -- We look at a standard seven man front. Four down linemen it's simple particularly in protection you won big on a bit -- real simple. Tackle to guard tackle guard know exactly who they're going to block and tackle tackle him. The question becomes full flight center 11 uncover players and my running backs were involved with protection how -- we identified these backers. Common sense as well in this instance give an example for example Mike has 51. That's what the center in the quarterback's way of saying okay the senator's gonna take 51. So plummeted to back protection obviously the running back has number fifty for the -- back. You are back cast over fifty troops very simple. But now all of a sudden with the advent of eight man front let's say the strong safety. Start to work down into the box. And the quarterback recognizes you know what to say he could -- which would make me vulnerable. I know that if the safety comes down -- my world I know with this cornerback to be here that whenever the safety Carlton. They tend not to bring this number fifteen to the will backer. What the quarterback might do is the center can't see that. He'll come up saint -- fifty want this general quarterback or no no no no no I'm making Mike fifteenth two. The minute he does that he thanked her I want you and the guard to account for 52. Now is the Mike linebacker. That tells you are back oh well at -- the fight. I have the next linebacker outside which means now all going to protect the quarterback again this stage. On the weak side when he hears this quarterback redirects the -- he knows his responsibility it's always been. If that's quarterbacks if Mike is fifty true I know I have to go to a 12 to read. On the back side because my quarterback is making the conscious decision -- a minute redirect the protections strong. Account for the strong safety running back home my backside I'm gonna count on you to cover my backside because my pre. Our game study tells me. That would they do this certain pressure they tend not to bring the backside guys so why -- that I protected because they may bring Juan. But they're not gonna bring to and I -- gonna protect so. I didn't find the -- is -- for the quarterback to re direct protections. To the area where he needs the most help.