Drizzle

Winnipeg, MB

17°c Drizzle

Full Forecast

Football

Three-down LBs more scarce as pass plays increase

7:52 AM 0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett had a simple answer for how often he left the field when the opponent had the ball.

"Never."

A slight exaggeration? Perhaps.

What's certain is that an NFL linebacker's role has changed since Tippett's ......

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 1984, file photo, New England Patriots linebacker Andre Tippett, right, reaches out to haul down Seattle Seahawks quarterback Dave Kriege in Foxboro, Mass. What's certain is that an NFL linebacker's role has changed since Tippett's retirement after the 1993 season ended a 12-year career, all with the New England Patriots, in which he sacked quarterbacks, shadowed receivers, tackled rushers and tried to catch his breath. (AP Photo/Mike Kullen, File) Show/Hide caption

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 1984, file photo, New England Patriots linebacker Andre Tippett, right, reaches out to haul down Seattle Seahawks quarterback Dave Kriege in Foxboro, Mass. What's certain is that an NFL linebacker's role has changed since Tippett's retirement after the 1993 season ended a 12-year career, all with the New England Patriots, in which he sacked quarterbacks, shadowed receivers, tackled rushers and tried to catch his breath. (AP Photo/Mike Kullen, File)

Advertisement