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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.
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 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!
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.
Football's 8 Positions on Offense
About Football defines all the positions played on the offensive side of the ball.
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!
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
How to Play Lineback in Football
Basics of the linebacker position in football. Includes information on alignment, who should play, and what they do.
Why Football Linebackers are Called Sam, Mike...
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What Are the 6 Defensive Positions in Football?
About Football defines all the positions played on the defensive side of the ball.
What the Middle Linebacker or "Mike" Does on...
General description of how to play middle linebacker (mike), including alignment, assignment, and key.
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 Many Ways Can a Football Team Score Points?
This basics of football tutorial explains all the different methods of scoring in football.
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.
How to Play Strong Side Linebacker or "Sam" in...
Alignment and assignment for playing Sam linebacker, as well as their run and pass read.
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 Defensive End in Football
Full detail on how to play defensive end. Includes stance, read, alignment, and pass rush technique.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
How To Eat For Success in Football
What to eat and what not to eat for success on the football field.
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.
How to Run the Cover 3 Zone Defense in Football
Description of the cover 3 defense, including strengths, weaknesses, and assignments.
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.
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.
What Are the Special Teams Positions in Football?
About Football defines all the specialized positions played on special teams.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the Object of Football?
Football 101 - About Football explains the object of the game of football.
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 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.
Why a Football Game Starts the Way it Does
Football 101 - About Football explains the basics of how a football game begins.
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.
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.
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 the NFL is Organized
Consisting of 32 teams, the NFL is organized into a pair of conferences which are sub-divided into divisions.
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.
How To Become an NFL Official
How to become an NFL official - About Football explains what the NFL looks for when hiring officials, so if you've ever dreamed of being an NFL official, check out the details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Funny Football Quotes
Funny Football Quotes - About Football has put together a collection of funny football quotes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Does the Wildcat Offense Work in Football?
About Football explains the Wildcat Offense.
What Are the Shotgun and Pistol Formations in...
Compares the shotgun formation to the pistol formation in football.
What is the Football Penalty Known as...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term encroachment.
What is a Safety in Football and How is One...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term safety.
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 the NFL Determines the Order Teams Select...
About Football explains how the NFL determines the NFL Draft order.
From Standard to Keeper: 6 Types of Fantasy...
About Football defines the different types of fantasy football leagues.
What is the Red Zone in Football, and Why is it...
Description of the Red Zone and the implications for offense and defensive teams.
Stuffing the Double Wing 'Wedge' Play
The Cougar defensive alignment is a successful answer to the double wing wedge play. Stopping the wedge play is important in creating problems for the double wing offense.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Play Defensive Back in Football
Description of the defensive backfield, with links for how to play each position in the secondary.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Ends, Tackles and the Nose: Meet Football's...
What is a defensive line, what do they do, and what makes a good defensive line.
Ineligible Receiver Downfield
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About Football Glossary - Crackback
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term crackback.
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.
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.
Find Out What Year Your Favorite NFL Team...
About Football lists the date of entry of every team currently in the NFL.
Toss Sweep Improves I-Formation Outside Run...
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About Football Glossary - Back Judge
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term back judge.
Which NFL team is most likely to come back from...
The five NFL teams most likely to go from worst to first.
Here are my top 10 burning questions for NFL...
Top 10 questions for 2014 NFL training camp
NFL Tight End Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top-20 fantasy tight ends in the NFL.
Every Announcer Who Has Ever Called a Monday...
This Monday Night Football history page lists all past and current Monday Night Football Broadcasters.
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 Quarterback Rating is Calculated in Football
How to calculate a quarterback rating.
NFL Quarterback Fantasy Rankings - Week 2
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy quarterbacks in the NFL.
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.
Fullback Trap Changes Offensive Tempo
After running the football strong side several plays, linebackers and other defenders tend to anticipate the direction of the offensive play. The fullback trap stops defenses from anticipating.
Where is the Secondary in Football and Which...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term secondary.
NFL Wide Receiver Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy wide receivers.
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.
NFL Running Back Fantasy Rankings - Week 3
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy running backs.
About Football Glossary - Field Judge
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term field judge.
Defensive End Jared Allen
An illustrated profile of the Minnesota Vikings and defensive end Jared Allen. Page 8.
What the Gap is in Football and How Defenses...
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Why the Read and React Play in Football Can Go...
While the successful counter sweep play requires a combination of deceptive, misdirection, and powerful blocking, the running back must have the patience to wait for his lead blockers to gain big chunks of yardage.
NFL Defensive Unit Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top-20 fantasy defenses in the NFL.
This is Why a Referee Calls a Holding Penalty...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term holding.
Free Football Picks
Each week About Football offers free football picks straight up and against the spread.
About Football Glossary - Turnover
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term turnover.
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.
Football 101 - Understanding the Basics of the...
The 6-1 defense is actually a variation of the 4-3 formation. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
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.
About Football Glossary - Clipping
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term clipping.
What a Football Offense Accomplishes with a...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term play-action pass.
About Football Glossary - Side Judge
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term side judge.
Youth Football Blocking Techniques
When teaching youth football blocking techniques, should youth football coaches teach the shoulder progression blocking method, or should youth players benefit from the use of their hands when blocking a defender? It's a question facing many youth coaches today.
Slow Aggressive Pass Rush with Timely Screen Pass
Offenses wanting to throw the football deep can be hindered by an aggressive pass rush. A timely screen pass will slow down the defensive line's charge, which will lead to the quarterback throwing deep again.
About Football Glossary - Illegal Shift
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms and penalties related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the penalty for an illegal shift.
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.
What is the Official Definition of a Reception...
Based on official NFL rules, what is a reception?
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.
Bunch Formation Provides Quick, Easy Reads for...
Getting the ball out of the hands of the quarterback is essential when facing a pressure defense. The Bunch formation provides quick and easy decision-making for the quarterback.
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.
About Football Glossary - Line of Scrimmage
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term line of scrimmage.
How to Run the Wheel Route in Football and When...
An offense facing a lot of man-to-man secondary coverage, can successfully throw the deep ball by running the wheel route out of the Twins formation.
Top 3 ‘Get Your Heart-Pumping’...
Turn the heat up on football conditioning with these three drills combining endurance, speed,and agility.
About Football Glossary - Offside
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term offside.
NFL Kicker Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy kickers in the NFL.
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.
Know Your Basic Football Terms: What is the End...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term end zone.
Do You Know the NFL Tiebreaking Procedures?
In determining a team's eligibility for the NFL playoffs, the following guidelines were established as the NFL's tiebreaking procedure to be used when one or more teams ends the season in a tie.
Super Bowl XVIII
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 XVIII includes a game recap.
NFL Kick/Punt Returner Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy Kick/Punt Returner.
The Hook Route - Hook Route a Safe, High...
Throwing the football on first down can keep opposing defenses from loading the box against the run. The All-Hooks route, a high completion percentage play, is easy to install for any football team.
What it Means to Fumble a Football and What...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term fumble.
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.
About Football Glossary - Interception
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term interception.
Randy Moss
About Football offers a timeline of antics by controversial wide receiver Randy Moss during his NFL career.
Slip Screen Pressures Cornerbacks
The deep passing game can be hampered by the defensive secondary aligning the cornerbacks seven yards or more from the line of scrimmage. Good passing attacks counter this by running the quick-hitting slip screen pass.
What Makes a Football Tackle a Quarterback Sack?
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term sack.
Punt Return Team Need a Boost?
Properly implemented, the Brick Wall punt return will hit your opponent like a 'ton of bricks,' and will result in giving your offense great field position.
Understanding the Basics of Football: What is a...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term drive.
Atlanta Falcons Hall of Famers
The list of Atlanta Falcons Hall of Famers is rather short in comparison to some of the other NFL franchises, but they have had a few players who received the ultimate football honor of enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
What Are the Two Meanings of 'First Down' in...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term first down.
Why A Face Mask in Football Could Refer to 2...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term face mask.
What is the Position in Football Known as the...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term blind side.
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.
About Football Glossary - Bootleg
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term bootleg.
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