The NY Times isn’t normally the website that you think of having great football reporting, but they have an in-depth and educational series on the different defensive schemes in football over time. Looks like it will come out in 7 parts and the first 3 are already published. Probably more information that you want to know as a causal fan, but for those looking to understand a little more about the history and origin of the defensive schemes you watch today, the series is enlightening.
I will update this post as new articles in the series are published..
- Guide to N.F.L. Defenses, Part 1 – NYTimes.com
- Guide to NFL Defenses, Part 2: Evolution of 4-3 Front
- Guide to NFL Defenses, Part 3: The 4-3 Front Continued
Updates based on additional posts