Name for "new" hybrid defensive position

Submitted by Baldbill on June 24th, 2009 at 12:05 PM

I have seen a lot of things written about what to call the new hybrid defensive position that is being implemented this year. I have heard the term spinner used but this one just doesn't sound correct and reminds me of a small Filipino woman so it will never do. I have heard the term Deathbacker used which sounds kind of cool but it made me think of Darth Backer who was the probably the first apprentice of the Sith Lord but didn't work out so well and never made it into the movies. I wasn't sure what to call it but sitting down the other day to watch the '69 Michigan-OSU game I heard them using a term that I remembered. They had a similar type postion that was a "Rover" player that could pretty much line up where he chose to in order to gain an edge on pass coverage or what not. At Michigan they called him the Wolve-back or Wolve-man. I thought to myself that sounds much better to me and it also makes it more specific to Michigan. It brings a historical element back into play and makes sure it is unique to Michigan so I think this sounds cool.
Ok now what do the rest of you think, here is where I get mocked and my idea gets shot down., but have at it.




June 24th, 2009 at 12:52 PM ^

That's my favorite by far. Being an old fart, "Spinner" reminds me too much of the dorky twerpy kid of the same name on the old Clutch Cargo cartoon show.


June 24th, 2009 at 12:54 PM ^

Wolfman (ala Dufek) would be great for the lb/safety hybrid, presently called "spinner" by GRob. The olb/de hybrid, currently called the "quick" by GRob, is the one people are calling "Deathbacker."


June 24th, 2009 at 2:51 PM ^

reference makes me want to call it the Berserker but half of me thinks that's weak. But it would have been sweet to see Lamarr Woodley with his current tattoo at that position.


June 24th, 2009 at 5:05 PM ^

Let's rename all the positions. My suggestions:

Nose Tackle - "Tip of the Bloody Spear"

Defensive Ends - Legion of Doom

Mike LB - The Reaper

Sam LB - Souldrinker

Will LB - "Weakside" doesn't cut it. Not tough enough. This should be the Abominable Linebacker

Deathbacker - Deathbacker

CB's - Anthrax

Safeties - Rabid Snarling Dogs

Wide Open

June 27th, 2009 at 4:37 PM ^

I'm having way too much fun imagining Brad Nessler or Brent Musberger saying "Pryor is hit by the Michigan DEATHBACKER for a loss!" during their broadcast to change my mind. It could violate FCC rules but I'd be too busy laughing to care.

But yeah, Wolverback would be cool too though.

For the LB-S hybrid my suggestion is the "Flasher", or as somebody said once, the "Spinnerooni". Can we get an official vote to settle this?