Make him right

In football, the running game is generally won by the team with more blockers (offense) or tacklers (defense) at the ball. For this reason, it is common to rotate the coverage to get a safety involved in run support. For example, prior to the snap there may be two safeties who appear to have deep coverage responsibility (we call this a “two high” safety look). As the play begins, however, one of the safeties will rotate down into run support (this safety is then “in the box”), while the other covers the deep middle (a “one high” safety defense).

As the run support safety rotates down, he will have a gap responsibility (e.g., the C gap outside the offensive tackle) together with the linebacker to his side (who may have the corresponding  B gap between the guard and tackle). Given his deeper position from the line of scrimmage, the safety may be told to “make the linebacker right”. For example, the linebacker may attack the C gap. The safety would then respond by providing run support inside the linebacker in the B gap. If the linebacker stays inside (B gap), the safety would remain outside (C gap).

I think this “make him right” concept can be applied to our daily lives as well. Think about your relationships. What if you decided to adopt a posture of unselfishness that puts you second and “makes your friend right”? You could decide not to be argumentative or correct mistakes unnecessarily. This is a picture of grace, wouldn’t you agree?

In our relationship with God, “make him right” prescribes an approach of obedience. If I am not consumed with getting my own way, but rather with accepting God’s way I am responding to his right-eousness.

Try it this week. Decide to play life using a “make him right” scheme and enjoy the victories!

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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