Before Pat Fischer came along, defensive backs weren’t really known for their physicality against a receiver at the line of scrimmage.
But because a receiver’s routes are all about timing, Fischer and his coaches thought it’d be to their advantage to do whatever they could to knock a second or two off that offensive process.
Fischer, an all-time great Redskins defensive back, talked today with Larry Michael, the Voice of the Redskins, for a taping of “Redskins Chronicles,” which airs each Saturday from 10:30 to 11 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. He discussed the process of revolutionizing press coverage in the NFL in the 1960s and 70s as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Redskins.
“What we called ‘pressing’ or ‘clamping,’ different terms have been used to express it, but it was an introduction of a style of play that the NFL actually had never had,” Fischer said. “And it took offenses and receivers three or four years to make the adjustments to that type of play, and that was to go play right up at the line of scrimmage.”
Fischer said he was one of the first defensive backs in the NFL to utilize press coverage.
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