In American football and Canadian football, defensive backs (DBs) are the players on the defensive team who take positions somewhat back from the line of scrimmage; they are distinguished from the defensive line players and linebackers, who take positions directly behind or close to the line of scrimmage.
- Safety, Which include,
- Free Safety, Most often the deepest safety
- Strong Safety, The bigger more physical safety,Much like a small, quicker linebacker
- Defensive halfback (Canadian football only)
- Cornerback, which include
- nickel back, the fifth defensive back in some sets
- dime back, the sixth defensive back in some sets
- The seventh defensive back, in the exceedingly rare 'quarter' set
- known as a dollar back or a quarter back (not to be confused with the offensive player who throws the ball)
The group of defensive backs is known collectively as the secondary. They most often defend the wide receiver corps; however, at times they may also line up against a tight end or a split out running back. They are usually the smallest, quickest players on the field.
1958) is the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach for the Texas Longhorns football team ... Twenty of his defensive backs have also gone on to play in the NFL ... He was an assistant coach to Dick Tomey at the University of Arizona for 14 years, serving as defensive backs coach and offensive coordinator ...
... the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team as head coach of the junior varsity team in 1977, then joined the staff at East Tennessee State University for the 1978 season before becoming a ... He then returned to Georgia Tech as linebackers coach in 1982 and as secondary and punters coach in 1983–1985 ... In 1986, Smith was the defensive backs coach for the University of Alabama and he held the same position at Baylor University from 1987 through 1989 ...
... moved from one team to another after being fired by a team Team 2009 Coach Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments Cleveland Browns Eric Mangini, former head coach of the New York Jets ... the second-longest tenured head coach in the league (hired in 1995), was relieved of his duties after a 146–91 record (.616), two Super Bowl titles (XXXII and XXXIII ... McDaniels, who has been an offensive and defensive assistant with the Patriots, led the Patriots offense (led by Matt Cassel, who had not started a football game since high school) to an 11-win ...
... Stoops was a graduate assistant coach at Iowa from 1989 to 1991, and then became the athletic director and defensive backs coach at Nordonia High School in Macedonia, Ohio (1992–1995) ... Jim Leavitt was hired as the head coach for the South Florida Bulls, he hired Stoops as defensive backs coach ... He served as the defensive backs coach for the University of Wyoming Cowboys from 1997–1999 ...
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