It turns out that Georgia has a name for the sixth defensive back position in its dime package.
Davis is practicing at cornerback, the “Star” position and at the “Money” spot in the dime package.
If you’re wondering where the nomenclature came from, the answer probably won’t surprise you too much.
The extra defensive back in the nickel is called the “Star.” The sixth DB in the dime plays the “Money” position.
The terms for these important positions originated during Saban’s days as the defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns and coach Bill Belichick, from 1991-94.
“In the old days, I called the fifth defensive back nickel back, and we never really played six defensive backs,” he said…
“The Star really is the Sam, so he wanted an s-word for that position. When you put six guys in the game, whether it’s a sub linebacker or a sixth defensive back, we had nickel, dime, dollar. Different money terms.”
The sixth defensive back takes the place of the weak inside linebacker.
“But when you talk to players, you can say, ‘Look, these linebackers on the team are all going to play Money. These DBs on the team are going to learn how to play Money,’” Saban said.
“Because when it comes to the assignments of the defense, the position is the same. It’s just they’ve got four wideouts in there now, so the linebacker can’t cover, so we put another DB in there. That make sense?
“So we just started calling that the Money position. It could be nickel, dime or dollar. That was Bill’s sort of system, but it made lots of sense to me. Just like everything else we did, we categorized things for the players. I think it made it better for the players.”
It’s something Smart and Tucker are obviously comfortable using, the inevitable Jerry Maguire jokes aside.