Aight... Let's get back to this Barbara Walters style interview we've got going on here ;-)
From Ryan - aka VanRam - (playing the part of Barbara)...
How do you approach the free and strong safety position?
I think it all depends on what defense you're in. You could be playing strong safety, but - in a certain defense - be in the middle of the field. Or, you could be playing free safety, but - in a certain defense - you could be coming down in the box as if you're a strong safety. ...Know what I mean?
As a strong safety, I'm thinking I want to be as aggressive as humanly possible as I'm coming down towards the box around the line of scrimmage, like a linebacker. Here, I'll be able to throw my body around and beat-up on some guys.
When I'm at free safety, I still wanna be aggressive; but, on run plays, I can't wild-out too much, because my job is to stay over the top of the defense to keep the action in front of me. If the rush breaks through, I gotta be ready to make a good form tackle in the open field to prevent the guy from gaining any more yards, because I'm the last line of defense.
As a free safety on pass plays, I'm still wanting to keep the action in front of me, yet I also have to make sure I have a good read on the quarterback so he doesn't let loose any long balls that could get by me.
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