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Penn State (in white) in the Dime Defense. The only remaining linebacker “crouches” four yards behind the four defensive linemen. To the left and right of him are the two cornerbacks and the two additional defensive backs (in the area of ​​the 29- to 34-yard lines). The two safeties at the top left (from the 36-yard line).

Dimeback is the name for a sixth defensive back in American football . However, he only plays in a certain defensive formation. The dimeback comes into play when the defense plays in the so-called dime formation . 6 defensive backs play in the dime formation. The dimeback has to replace a linebacker or a defensive lineman . This is the case when the opposing offense is set up with 4 or more wide receivers . Since the dimeback may have to keep up with 3 or more wide receivers, dimebacks need good maneuverability and speed. The dimeback position got its name because essentially two nickelbacks are on the field at the same time. And two nickels (5 ct) are equal to one dime (10 ct).

Individual evidence

  1. a b Howie Long, John Czarnecki: Football For Dummies . John Wiley & Sons, 2011, ISBN 978-1-118-01261-1 , pp. 171 .
  2. ^ Difference between nickel and dime positions on defense? Retrieved October 20, 2017 .