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What Are Nickel, Dime and Quarter Defenses?

As the passing game continues to advance, defenses need to match personnel and scheme. Defenses have used personnel groupings like nickel, dime, and quarter defenses to match the offense’s speed. What exactly are nickel, dime, and quarter defenses? The nickel defense means there are 5 defensive backs on the field. Nickel defenses are used on …

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