There are a lot of different ways to coach the strong side Defensive Ends in an Even Front. Some coaches like to play them in an outside shade (9-Technique) on the Tight End. Some like to play them in a Head Up 6 Technique.
At times they may even be in a 5-Technique, if they have some protection to the outside (take the Under Front as an example).
But the most common way that I see coaches playing their defensive end is in an inside shaded 7-Technique on the Tight End. But they are not always playing it effectively!
Who Plays a 7-Technique?
Here’s a fun numbers argument. The numbers you give to your defense are basically meaningless. A 3-4, a 4-3, a 4-2-5, a 4-4, they’re all the same. Someone has to account for each gap.
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