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The Worst of NFL 2014-15
Bad Calls, Bad Quarterbacks and Bad Karma
NFL Kick/Punt Returner Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy Kick/Punt Returner.
The Difference Between Franchise and Transition...
The NFL's system of Franchise Tags and Transition tags can seem complicated, but this resource explains the difference between the Transition and Franchise player.
The Complete Guide to Football Terminology
This football glossary includes definitions for hundreds of commonly used terms. Intended for new fans, football 101 is useful for almost anyone.
25 Questions to Expect if You're a Interviewing...
Preparing for a job interview takes on a different meaning regarding the hiring of a high school football head coach. Coaching applicants are likely to be asked most or all of these interview questions.
How to Play Lineback in Football
Basics of the linebacker position in football. Includes information on alignment, who should play, and what they do.
How To Eat For Success in Football
What to eat and what not to eat for success on the football field.
Pigskin 101: A Beginner's Guide to Understandin...
Pick up the basics of football, from the object of the game, to the various ways to score, to the layout of the football field. You'll also find some of the basic terminology that is associated with the game.
Why Football Linebackers are Called Sam, Mike...
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Understanding the Uniform Numbers and Positions...
Every football player's uniform has a number on it that is unique for that particular team. This chart explains which numbers are assigned to each position in the NFL.
7 Football Officals and Their Duties During a...
You often hear football officials referred to by the general term of referee, but each official has his own title and assigned responsibilities. This page outlines each football official's responsibilities along with their positioning on the football field
The Difference Between Strong and Free Safety...
This article describes the difference between the strong safety and free safety positions in football.
How to Play Strong Side Linebacker or "Sam" in...
Alignment and assignment for playing Sam linebacker, as well as their run and pass read.
How to Play Weak Side or "Will" Linebacker in...
Instructional piece on how to play Will linebacker, including alignment, assignments, and key/read. Also includes information on who should play Will linebacker.
What the Middle Linebacker or "Mike" Does on...
General description of how to play middle linebacker (mike), including alignment, assignment, and key.
2015 NFL Combine Winners
Jameis Winston Edges Past Marcus Mariota and Other Notable Studs from the NFL Combine
How To Play Free Safety in Football
The basics of how to play free safety on a football team. Includes information about who should play free safety and what they do.
5 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Football
This list provides 5 examples of good life lessons one can glean from the game of football. It includes discipline, perseverance, teamwork, goal setting. It helps parents understand how to help their son not just play the game, but learn from it.
How to Play Strong Safety in Football
Includes the basics of playing strong safety, including the alignment, assignment, and read, as well as who should play strong safety.
Understanding Football's Cover 2 Zone Defense
Understand the basics of the cover 2 zone. Includes assignments for safeties, linebackers, and cornerbacks. Also has an image that shows the zones on the field for cover 2.
Top 10 Insulting Football Jokes
About Football has compiled a list of the top ten football jokes intended to zing the fans of rival teams. Simply insert your most-hated NFL team into the content of each football joke where indicated!
How to Play Defensive End in Football
Full detail on how to play defensive end. Includes stance, read, alignment, and pass rush technique.
All-Time NFL Trash Talkers
Top Trash-talkers in NFL history
How to Play the Cornerback Position in Football
What is a cornerback and what do they do? Different techniques are covered, including man-to-man, press coverage, zone/bail technique. Included are details about what makes a good cornerback.
3 Football Helmets That Might Help Reduce...
Schutt, Riddell, and Xenith companies, which emphasize state-of-the-art improvements aimed at reducing the number of concussions suffered by football players, produce three of the best football helmets available.
Remembering Super Bowl I: Who Played, Who Won...
Check the history of the Super Bowl year-by-year in this series of articles summarizing the history of the NFL's championship game. This page covering Super Bowl I includes a game recap and scoring summary.
What Are the 6 Defensive Positions in Football?
About Football defines all the positions played on the defensive side of the ball.
Here are my top 10 burning questions for NFL...
Top 10 questions for 2014 NFL training camp
How to Run the Cover 3 Zone Defense in Football
Description of the cover 3 defense, including strengths, weaknesses, and assignments.
NFL Most Valuable Players - NFL MVP Player of...
Every recipient of the NFL's Most Valuable Player Award is listed here along with the team he played for and the year he received the MVP award.
How to Play Wide Receiver in Football
Fundamentals of the wide receiver position in football, including who should play, where they line up, and how to improve as a wide receiver.
What on Earth Was Pete Carroll Thinking?
Bizarre Call Hands Super Bowl to New England Patriots
Football's 8 Positions on Offense
About Football defines all the positions played on the offensive side of the ball.
What is a Restricted Free Agent in Football?
About.com Football defines the term restricted free agent.
Evaluating NFL Draft Prospects
So you've got your database of NFL Draft prospects built, or at least started, the video tapes are rolling, and you're ready to start scouting. Lesson 2 will get you started on the basics of NFL Draft prospect evaluation! (page 2)
Top 10 Running Backs of All Time
The NFL has produced many great running backs over the years, and picking the best of the best is difficult because it's hard to compare different players from different eras. But after looking at the body of work produced by some of the all-time greats, we've put together a list of our top ten running backs of all time.
What Does it Mean to be an Unrestricted Free...
An unrestricted free agent may sign with any club, through the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp (generally late July).
8 Basic Defensive Formations in Football
About Football's Basics of Football illustrates the various defensive formations that are seen on the football field. Check out all the most common defensive formations used today.
What happened to the AFC North? Here's what: My...
The AFC North has fallen on rather hard times. The division is home to two legendary teams, but these days it's the Cincinnati Bengals who are dominating and they can't seem to win even a single wild-card playoff game. Not much will change this year.
Why Getting Super Bowl Tickets is Easy if...
Super Bowl - About Football explains how to get Super Bowl tickets.
Which NFL team is most likely to come back from...
The five NFL teams most likely to go from worst to first.
Super Bowl Attendance
About Football lists the attendance for every Super Bowl.
What Nicknames You Can Use to Anger Fans of NFL...
There are a lot of ways to irritate rival fans, and one of the best is to refer to their favorite team by some derogatory moniker.
How Football Coaches Read Offensive Formations
For football players playing defense, this article contains information on how to read an offensive formation, and determining the strong and weak side.
How to Throw a Football: 4 Steps to Great Passing
How to throw a football properly. Four tips for quarterbacks on developing a successful throwing technique.
3-4 Defense
The 3-4 defense is a basic defensive formation that is widely used today. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field in a 3-4 defense.
How to Catch a Football
Insight into the basic fundamentals of catching a football. Beneficial for wide receivers, running backs, or anyone else who might end up catching the ball.
Would These Hall of Famers Flunk the NFL Combine?
Johnny Unitas Too Dumb, Jerry Rice Too Slow, John Riggins Too Wild? Here Are 10 Legendary Players Who Fooled the Experts
What is the West Coast Offense in Football?
What is the West Coast Offense? About Football offers a brief introduction explaining the objectives and basics of the West Coast Offense.
Understanding Football's Over/Under 4-3 the...
The Over/Under 4-3 defense is a variation of the basic 4-3 defense. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
Who's Made Stupidest Coaching Changes in the NFL?
San Francisco' Trent Baalke is a Pinhead and Gary Kubiak is NOT an NFL Head Coach!
Who Were the Starting Quarterbacks in Every...
About Football offers a list of every quarterback to ever start in a Super Bowl. This Super Bowl resource also includes the quarterbacks' age and college attended.
Shape and Size are Key, But What Makes a...
What is a football? What is it made of? How big is a football?
Transition Player
About Football defines the term Transition Player.
NFL Franchise Genealogy - Year by Year
The roots of every NFL football team can be traced in this year-by-year NFL genealogy section. List includes the year each team began play, franchise movement, and team name changes.
How to Play Defensive Back in Football
Description of the defensive backfield, with links for how to play each position in the secondary.
What is the 4-3 Defense and When Should a...
The 4-3 defense is a basic defensive formation that is widely used today. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
What is Football's 4-3 Defense and How Does it...
To fully utilize the benefits of a 4-3 defensive system, coaches must recognize the importance of implementing the Over and Under defensive calls.
From Alignment to Assignment to Snap: Playing...
Full description of what a defensive tackle does on the football field, as well as the basics of how to play.
Ends, Tackles and the Nose: Meet Football's...
What is a defensive line, what do they do, and what makes a good defensive line.
Why Understanding Down and Distance is Key to...
Understanding down and distance is probably the biggest key to understanding football, and About football will help you figure it out!
How Football Coaches Can Get the Most of Their...
These defensive line drills allow football coaches to keep practices interesting and fresh for players. The drills teach proper techniques needed for successful defensive line play during football games.
Recapping the Career of One of the Best QBs in...
Denver Broncos legend John Elway was one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in NFL history. Check out the details of John Elway's NFL career.
Why Football's Offensive Lineman Position Is...
The offensive lineman position in football is detailed, including who should play and how to improve your skills as an offensive lineman.
Top 5 Football Pass Routes
Football coaches with these five essential pass patterns (Hook, Corner, Wheel, Crossing, and Sreen) will see overall improvement in the passing game. More catches, more yards, and more touchdowns are on their way.
What the Gap is in Football and How Defenses...
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How the NFL Determines the Order Teams Select...
About Football explains how the NFL determines the NFL Draft order.
Top 5 Run Plays Out of the I-Formation for...
Using Multiple-I looks, you can control the clock running Iso, Toss Sweep, Fullback Trap, Counter, and Reverse.
More Than 100 Yards: What Are the Exact...
Learning the exact dimensions of the field is not necessarily that important, but it is good to have a basic knowledge of the field itself. This page provides the dimensions of the playing field as well as many of the basic terms associated with a football field.
What Are the Special Teams Positions in Football?
About Football defines all the specialized positions played on special teams.
Defensive Strategy: Understanding Gap Assignments
A description and illustration of where the a, b, and c gaps are to aid in your understanding of gap assignments in football.
How Many Ways Can a Football Team Score Points?
This basics of football tutorial explains all the different methods of scoring in football.
How the NFL is Organized
Consisting of 32 teams, the NFL is organized into a pair of conferences which are sub-divided into divisions.
Fantasy Football 101: What You Need to Know to...
About Football's Fantasy Football 101 explains the basics of fantasy football. Topics include scoring, drafting a team, and selecting a lineup.
How Much Super Bowl Bonuses Have Gone Up Since...
Every year, players on both the winning and losing Super Bowl teams split a tidy bonus for playing in the big game. Notice how the player bonus shares have grown since the first Super Bowl.
5 Valuable Tips For Youth Football Coaches
Five points of advice for youth football coaches. Keep it fun, keep it safe, teach the fundamentals, teach good sportsmanship, and build lasting relationships.
10 Funny Football Quotes
Funny Football Quotes - About Football has put together a collection of funny football quotes.
About the Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are among the more illustrious franchises in the NFL and all of sports. This Dallas Cowboys time line traces the history of the franchise.
Extra! Extra! Read All About What PAT Means in...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term PAT.
Best Coaching Moves in the NFL
What Do John Fox, Dan Quinn, Rex Ryan and Jack Del Rio Have in Common? They Are All Great Choices for NFL Coaches
What is the Nickel Defense in Football?
The nickel defense is a basic defensive formation designed to stop the pass. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
Teaching Linebackers the Triangle, Read, React...
Football players wanting to excel at the linebacker position must develop a certain 'nose to the ball' ability, and it starts with coaches teaching the triangle read concept.
What is the Object of Football?
Football 101 - About Football explains the object of the game of football.
Who are the top 10 hardest partiers in the...
Top 10 drinkers and womanizers in NFL history
Top 10 NFL Highlights
From a Hard-Fought, Exciting Super Bowl to the Trade of a Talented but Troubled Prima Donna, Here Are My High Spots
NFL Scheduling Procedures
A common question I get from football fans concerns the NFL scheduling procedures and how a team's opponents are determined. Since the realignment that moved the NFL to an eight-division league, the scheduling format has become quite simple actually.
Football Videos
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What a Wideout is in Football and How that...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term wideout.
What Does it Mean to Call an Audible and Why...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term audible.
What Made Barry Sanders a Hall of Fame NFL...
One of the most electrifying running backs in NFL history, Barry Sanders thrilled NFL fans throughout the 90's decade.
What the NFL's Supplemental Draft is and How it...
The Supplemental Draft, held after the traditional NFL Draft and before each season begins, is designed to allow underclassmen --who did not petition the league for early entry before the NFL Draft deadline but find themselves ineligible for the upcoming college season-- a vehicle for entering the NFL.
Find Out What Year Your Favorite NFL Team...
About Football lists the date of entry of every team currently in the NFL.
Why a Football Game Starts the Way it Does
Football 101 - About Football explains the basics of how a football game begins.
Why the NFL Referee is the Most Important...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term referee.
7 Facts About Football Teams
This football 101 tutorial describes the basic functions of the offense, defense, and special teams along with their fundamental responsibilities.
NFC Player of the Year
Every recipient of the NFC Player of the Year Award is listed here along with the team he played for and the year he received this award issued by the United Press.
NFL Draft Basics - Compensatory Draft Selections
Understanding the compensatory draft selection system in the NFL. How are compensatory draft picks determined?
What Are the Shotgun and Pistol Formations in...
Compares the shotgun formation to the pistol formation in football.
How to Create a Youth Football Offensive Playbook
Youth football coaches creating their own football playbooks should use familiar football terminology. Here is a great place to start for creating your offensive football playbook.
Learning the Push-Pull-Rip Technique for...
To become a better player on the defensive line, it is important to learn successful techniques to defeat the offensive player. The push-pull-rip technique is easily taught to players of all ages.
Know Every NFL, AFL and Super Bowl Champion...
About Football lists the NFL champions for every season since 1920 along with the AFL champions from 1960 to 1969.
Franchise Player
About Football defines the term Franchise Player.
Advice For Young Football Players: Control What...
Control your attitude, your mind, and your effort, and you will be a better football player, regardless of how physically talented you are.
Which NFL Teams have the best cornerback...
The NFL teams with the best cornerback tandems
Not Just for Baseball: What the Umpire Does in...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term umpire.
Cold Taco Dip
About Football's Super Bowl Party Tips provide some great appetizers, salads, desserts, and drink recipes sure to be a success at your next Super Bowl party. This Super Bowl party recipe explains how to make Cold Taco Dip.
The Next Super Bowl Will be a Lot Warmer
About Football lists the location of all future Super Bowls as they are made official by the NFL.
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
An illustrated photo tour of the Dallas Cowboys Cheeleaders featuring Dallas Cowboys cheeleader pictures from 1993 to the presnt.
From Standard to Keeper: 6 Types of Fantasy...
About Football defines the different types of fantasy football leagues.
Tracing the Origin of NFL Teams, Name Changes...
The roots of every NFL football team can be traced in this year-by-year NFL genealogy section. List includes the year each NFL team began play, franchise movement, and team name changes.
1993
An illustrated photo tour of the Dallas Cowboys Cheeleaders featuring Dallas Cowboys cheeleader pictures from 1993 to the presnt. Page 16.
Here are the six best coaches in the NFL. Right...
Who are the best coaches in the NFL? These six men are at the very top of the NFL heap.
Top 3 ‘Get Your Heart-Pumping’...
Turn the heat up on football conditioning with these three drills combining endurance, speed,and agility.
Sweetness: The Life and Career of Football...
Long-time Chicago Bears great Walter Payton was one of the best running backs of all time. About Football outlines his career, including statistics, accomplishments, awards, and more.
Top 10 All-Time Playoff Goats
The worst performances and stupid mistakes on the NFL's biggest stage, the playoffs and the Super Bowl.
About Football Glossary - Blitz
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term blitz.
NFL Draft Basics - Time Limits by Round
Each round of the NFL Draft has a limit of time each team may use to make their selection. Here are the time limits by round.
Football 101: What's the Deal With the Dime...
The dime defense is a basic defensive formation designed to stop the pass. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
The Dallas Cowboys and Other Cheerleaders in...
Check out these fantastic football cheerleader pictures taken by your Football guide. This photo gallery contains some of the hottest cheerleader pictures on the internet.
So the QB Calls An Audible, What Should the...
The basics of disguising and stemming to prevent the offense from reading the coverage. Learn what disguising coverage is, and why it's necessary and effective.
What Happened During the Michael Vick...
On July 17, 2007, Atlanta Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick was indicted by the federal government in connection with a dogfighting operation that was allegedly headquarterd on property he owned in Surry County, Virginia. About Football looks at the issues surrounding the case.
Randy Moss
Randy Moss gets a lot of negative press for his antics, but his list of accomplishments is even greater.
How to Have a Successful Fantasy Football Draft
These fantasy football draft tips are designed to aid you in your development as a fantasy football general manager. This article details some fantasy football strategies that will give you an edge over your competition during your league draft and throughout the season.
Coaching Football: Simplified Rules for...
Zone blocking schemes do not have to be complicated like those you see professional teams run. Cut down the learning curve by using this simplified two-step approach with your offensive line.
Duds, Not Studs: The Top 10 NFL Draft Busts of...
About Football ranks the top ten NFL Draft busts throughout the history of the NFL Draft.
What is the 5-2 Defense in Football and How is...
The 5-2 defense is a basic defensive formation in the game of football. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
How Does the Wildcat Offense Work in Football?
About Football explains the Wildcat Offense.
Who is Mr. Irrelevant in the NFL Draft?
Over the years, the last player selected in the annual NFL Draft has aquired the nickname of Mr. Irrelevant. The name evolved simply because the last pick in the NFL Draft was often irrelevant because the player many times failed to make the selecting team's roster.
NFL's Top 5 Father-Son Combinations
There have been about 200 father-son combinations in the NFL, and About Football ranks the best of all-time.
How One Short Running Play Can Pay Off Big For...
It is important for an offense to establish a powerful inside rushing attack. A well-executed Iso play causes problems for football defenses.
About Football Glossary - Goalpost
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term goalpost.
Super Bowl History - Super Bowl History Teams...
This page lists the teams, scores, head coaches, and MVPs for every Super Bowl, with links to game summaries and team pages.
What Are the Biggest Problems With Youth...
Coaching integrity and parental interference top the list of concerns by youth football coaches nationwide.
The Dos and Don'ts of Managing Your Fantasy...
About Football's fantasy football Dos and Don'ts outline tips to successfully manage your fantasy football team.
1994
An illustrated photo tour of the Dallas Cowboys Cheeleaders featuring Dallas Cowboys cheeleader pictures from 1993 to the presnt. Page 15.
Questions Parents Should Ask Before Letting...
Is football right for my kid? A great guide for parents whose kids are interested in participating in football. Learn important questions to ask to find out if it is a good match for your kid.
What is the Official Definition of a Reception...
Based on official NFL rules, what is a reception?
Jets, Colts, the Orange Bowl, 1969: Highlights...
Check the history of the Super Bowl year-by-year in this series of articles summarizing the history of the NFL's championship game. This page covering Super Bowl III includes a game recap and scoring summary.
Why the Nickel Back is More than the Name of a...
Describes the football position of nickel back. Includes information on who should play nickel back and when the nickel package is used in football.
When and Why Football Coaches Use the Nickel...
Explains what the nickel defense is, when it is used, and what the advantages and disadvantages are.
About Football Glossary - Franchise Player
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term franchise player.
1995
An illustrated photo tour of the Dallas Cowboys Cheeleaders featuring Dallas Cowboys cheeleader pictures from 1993 to the presnt. Page 14.
How Quarterback Rating is Calculated in Football
How to calculate a quarterback rating.
About Football Glossary - Head Linesman
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term head linesman.
Do Combine Stars Become Football Stars? Not...
Speed Kills and Strength Rules in the NFL, But Combine Studs Can Become NFL Duds
Players Who Have Won Super Bowls with More Than...
About Football lists all the players who have won Super Bowls with more than one team.
Stopping Power Football with the Eagle Defense
Offenses lining up in a two-back power set can cause problems for defenses. Shifting to the eagle defensive alignment is a successful way for defenses to respond.
Put Your Super Bowl Knowledge to the Test With...
Super Bowl Trivia - About.com Football tests your knowledge of the Super Bowl with this series of Super Bowl trivia quizzes.
Understanding the Basics of the 4-4 Defense in...
The 4-4 defense is a basic defensive formation in the game of football. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
About Football Glossary - Line Judge
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term line judge.

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