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Defensive hand signals during game -good or bad?


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This is the first time that I've seen it for myself during a football game, so I don't know. I saw our D players waving to signal a run play by the other team.

It's helpful when you are right.

But what if the signaling player is wrong? That can be a very bad thing.

 

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We did it back when I played. It's up to the team involved. Many teams have Defensive Captains and they call shifts. If they see a similar formation with a wrinkle denoting an opposite play then what the D is ready for, he signals the shift. It's helpful as you get everyone playing on the same page.

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Line checks are part of football - both sides of the ball do it

sometimes the audibles are real - sometimes they are meant to fake-out the other team.

hard to say which is which unless you know the specific hand signals and audible calls

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