I can’t say for certain if the 1991 Super Bowl (highlights here, DVD here) contains the oldest nickel front in the world, as there is a side of me that thinks the Miami 4-3 is a thinly disguised 2-3-6 – think about it, using what kinds of players are placed where, as opposed to what kinds of names the positions are called. Isn’t a Miami 4-3 equivalent to this:
And not all that far removed from this:
In the book “Education of a Coach“, by David Halberstam, a book about Bill Belichick, and a decent read, Halberstam goes into great detail about the base nickel front that Belichick used in the 1991 Super Bowl. And yes, isn’t this, the first offensive play of the Bowl, an argument that Belichick is your nickel front daddy?
Halberstam says this defense was, in modern terms, a 2-3 dime. Of course, with Lawrence Taylor as the rush linebacker, it was a rather stout 2-3.
Miami 4-3 notes..
- This thread from Football Futures, I think, is one of the better reads on the Miami 4-3.
- Coach Hoover: Miami 4-3 versus the flexbone.
- Coach Huey: Miami 4-3 compared to the K State 4-3.
- Fifth Down Blog on the 4-3 (including the Miami). The whole guide summarized here.
- Linebackers in the Miami 4-3.