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What is the difference between a strong safety and a free safety?





A. The strong safety plays on the side of the defense that has the strongest players on it.
B. The free safety is free to go where he wants to make plays on the ball at all times and the strong safety must play a certain area of the field at all times.
C. The strong safety is always the bigger and stronger of the two safety positions.
D. A free safety plays on the side the tight end aligns on offense and is used as a run stopper on running plays and usually plays guards the tight end on passing plays where the strong safety is responsible for helping the corners on the deep routes.
E. A strong safety plays on the side the tight end aligns on offense and is used as a run stopper on running plays and usually plays guards the tight end on passing plays where the free safety is responsible for helping the corners on the deep routes.

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Asked by Footballguru, Last updated: May 31, 2020

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Answered Aug 19, 2018

A strong safety plays on the side the tight end aligns on offense and is used as a run stopper on running plays and usually plays guards the tight end on passing plays where the free safety is responsible for helping the corners on the deep routes.

The side the tight end lines up on is considered the strong side and guarded by the strong safety. This is usually on the right side of an offensive formation for a right handed QB and flipped for a left handed QB.
 

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