I am Billy Kid, here at Expert Village. We’re
going to talk about the nickel defense. Nickel defense. Nickel defense, when that term is
used primarily refers to the secondary of the defense. So, on a defense you’ve got your
defensive line. You’ve got ends and tackles and nose tackles and etc. You’ve got line
backers that can play in these positions. Then you’ve got what we call the defensive
backs. Typically you’ve got a safety, a strong safety and two corners that make up a team.
So, what you’ve got when you’ve got a nickel back or nickel defense, what you’re doing
in theory you’re taking out an extra person. It could be a line backer or it could be a
defensive linemen and you’re adding an extra person that could go to the secondary as a
cover person. Now, that person could be another safety or that person could be another corner.
Whatever he is you tend to end up calling the nickel back because now that gives you
in a perfect world five defensive backs. Five, short term for that being nickel and that?s
how we come up with the term nickel defense.