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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:21 pm    Post subject: Why do QBs call out the "Mike" Reply with quote

I have always wondered this. QBs always seem to say "55 is the Mike" before every snap, but the OL never seems to shift protection or compensate in any different way. Just wondering what the significance of this is.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A tribute to Michael Strahan.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has to be something to do with the blocking schemes and blitzes.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gmen wrote:
A tribute to Michael Strahan.


It's what Favre said before laying down for him.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speed Blue wrote:
Gmen wrote:
A tribute to Michael Strahan.


It's what Favre said before laying down for him.


I still hate him for doing that.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it means 55 is the middle linebacker.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Middle LB in that formation, believe it deals with blocking and blitzing schemes.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Why do QBs call out the "Mike" Reply with quote

Ontonyx wrote:
but the OL never seems to shift protection or compensate in any different way. Just wondering what the significance of this is.


That's where you are wrong. The "mike" to the blocking scheme can be any of the linebackers or even a DB or maybe even a D lineman depending upon the formation. Everyone that's blocking knows precisely what they need to do when the QB calls out the "mike." It could be something as simple as the LG, C, or RG taking the "mike" as their responsibility depending upon what side of the field the identified "mike" is on. The pre snap identification of the "mike" becomes the focal point from which all post snap switches are made.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Basically its the 55 number of the MIKE (Middle Linebacker)

Its basically the QB on a running down locating the MIKE and assigning blocking responsibilities or notifying his OL of his impending blitz by said LB.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it helps with OLine counting. if the center thinks the mike is 55 and the gaurd thinks its 56 then the blocking will be off. it doesnt shift the scheme it just keeps everyone on the same page show they know who to block.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://multimedia.foxsports.com/m/video/28136180/billick-101-identifying-the-mike.htm

The quarterback is redirecting the protection. If there is 3 linebackers, and he says the MLB is the mic, then that means the center will account for the MLB if he is blitzing, and the the running back(s) will account for the OLB's on their side if they happen to blitz.

If the quarterback says one of the OLBs is mike, that means a Safety, or a corner is blitzing, from the outside shoulder of that OLB, which means that the protection will now account for the MLB, the OLB and that outside blitzer and not account for the other OLB because 90% of the time teams will not blitz that weakside OLB.

That's just a simplified version of it, when you are deal with different defenses, it can get a lot more complex.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's unclear to me how you could think protection isn't impacted by the call when no one has moved yet and the play has yet to begin.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It's unclear to me how you could think protection isn't impacted by the call when no one has moved yet and the play has yet to begin.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard Brian Billick in commentary say that the MIKE is identified as a player that the O-Line is responsible for.

I don't specifically know how this works and how it affects play-calls but I'll listen to the SB winning HC.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's to help out the backs and the center know who to block.

Since the tackles and guards usually account for the tackles and ends. The center is almost always the guy with nobody to block, so he's directly responsible for the mike. So he identifies the mike as the possible extra rusher.

When you see the QB call out the mike, it's because he wants the center to block someone else that might not necessarily be in front of the center. But when he calls that out, it allows for the HB to then know who he's supposed to block. Because HBs are taught to block the next man over.
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