Originally Posted by Hayezb
If your team is good at possessing the ball, then yes, center backs do have moments of standing around. But not the defense as whole. I played outside back in club/college and that is not true for that position.
While some lazy forwards do tend to stand around, it's not the case on most teams. Forwards need to be constantly checking back to help on D and receive the ball from the midfield.
Everybody gets opportunities to stand around (midfielders not so much). It's not just lazy players. My team, RSL, pushes their outside backs upfield all the time, but they still get chances to stand around and catch their breath frequently. If Beltran has the ball on the right side, the other outside back, Wingert, is walking/trotting basically until they swing the ball to him, or turn it over.