Originally Posted by IDEXAN
Don't need and probably shouldn't use "right" or "left" in the explanation because it can be confusing when people ask what side of los you mean ? Just say that the SAM is over or across from the TE and the WIL is on the other end. But obviously that's a simple offensive formation, because so many teams (like the Texans) run multiple TE sets these days. Then there's the "MIKE" which is the middle LB and implies that the these 3 acronyms were meant for the 4-3 and not 3-4, strictly speaking.
Lots of teams also move that TE around to see what the defense is doing, or to try to force a player into coverage. Even back in the pre Wade days, our LBs didn't flop sides if the TE changed sides at the LOS (if he was put in motion). The Will becomes the SAM, the SAM becomes the Will. The Mike becomes the MO & the Mo becomes the Mike.