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In American football what is the job of a Safety?

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    The safety in American football would be similar to a sweeper or center back in soccer. He is primarily a defender stationed in the middle of the pitch and he guards against any player coming into his territory or he double teams against a wide receiver (an attacker). The safety goes to where the football is likely to go on pass plays, and he is the last defender between a running back and the end zone on a running play. In contrast, a cornerback is assigned to guard a wide receiver which is similar to a winger in soccer.

  • Cu Tie
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Actually, there are 2 types of safeties in football: the free safety (FS) and strong safety (SS).

    The strong safety is usually the larger and stronger of the two, who provides extra protection against run plays by standing closer to the line of scrimmage, usually on the strong (tight end) side of the field.

    On the other hand, the free safety is usually the smaller and faster of the two, and is usually the deepest player on the defense, providing help on long pass plays.

  • Cory
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    Depends on the scheme. Sometimes they are the deepest guys in the defensive backfield. Theyre the safety valve for everyone else Their job is to not let anyone get behind them . If anyone else messes up the safety is counted on to make the play. If they're near the line of scrimmage they act as an extra linebacker and add speed to cover closer to the line. They can also cover TEs 

    Also a safety is what happens when a offensive ball carrier is tackled inside their own endzone or the ball is fumbled backwards into the offenses endzone. Two points are awarded to the opponent and they get the ball.

  • 4 weeks ago

    It depends on the defense, but they usually line up four to ten yards deep and attack the play from the inside out.  In man coverage you're usually on the second receiver, which would be the tight end, slot back, or running back.  Against the veer, you would have the QB in most schemes.  If you're covering a running back, most of the time you're in the deep middle on a pass play when he blocks, or coming up to tackle him on a run.  In zone coverage, you're in the deep middle for passing plays and supporting on runs.

    Source(s): Me - I actually played some at both safety positions and coached them
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  • 4 weeks ago

    They're basically extra linebackers who play coverage. Some are better tacklers and get used more to stack the line of scrimmage, others are good in pass protection or get used as passrushers. Exceptional safeties can do all of the above. 

    Same way TE (in today's game) is a hybrid position. 

  • 4 weeks ago

    Strong Safety guards tight end and helps on the run. Free safety doubles the best opposing receiver, and looks for interceptions

    • Blocking Back
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      Not that often.  I usually had the powerback or slotback as a strong safety.  And tailback as free safety.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    The Safety is a defensive back whose job is to provide additional pass cover and support or to help stop the run if he depending on where he is and what the defensive plan is, this guy is usually the last line of defense, he has to be quick, strong, aware of surroundings and able to make strong tackles. 

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