Free safety and strong safety positions in the 3–4 defense
46 Formation, original 4-3 base set
Former Washington Redskins' free safety Sean Taylor

Unlike most defensive formations that take their names from the number of defensive linemen and linebackers on the field (i.e. the 4–3 defense has 4 linemen and 3 linebackers), the name "46" originally came from the jersey number of Doug Plank, who was a starting strong safety for the Bears when Ryan developed the defense, a role typically played in the formation as a surrogate linebacker.

- 46 defense

A strong safety's duties are a hybrid of those belonging to a linebacker in a 46 or 3-4 defense and those of the other defensive backs, in that he both covers the pass and stops the run.

- Safety (gridiron football position)
Free safety and strong safety positions in the 3–4 defense

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