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Identifying the "Mike" Linebacker
I've often wondered why the quarterback identifies the Mike linebacker, so I checked it out. By doing so, the QB sets up the protection for the center and backs. Usually, the offensive guards and tackles block the defensive tackles and ends, so the center and backs have to figure out who is left unaccounted for to block. Once the Mike is positioned, the center has his assignment and the backs will know who to block. On some teams, the center calls out the Mike himself. There is a chance that if the Mike linebacker is not identified, the center and/or backs may be late figuring out who to block. Now I know what's going on.
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