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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.
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.
NFL Quarterback Fantasy Rankings - Week 2
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy quarterbacks in the NFL.
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.
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.
Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets
The top fantasy football players in the NFL are ranked in these free fantasy football cheat sheets.
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.
NFL Running Back Fantasy Rankings - Week 3
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy running backs.
What Are the 6 Defensive Positions in Football?
About Football defines all the positions played on the defensive side of the ball.
Football's 8 Positions on Offense
About Football defines all the positions played on the offensive side of the ball.
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.
Why Football Linebackers are Called Sam, Mike...
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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 Play Defensive End in Football
Full detail on how to play defensive end. Includes stance, read, alignment, and pass rush technique.
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!
What the Middle Linebacker or "Mike" Does on...
General description of how to play middle linebacker (mike), including alignment, assignment, and key.
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 to Play Strong Side Linebacker or "Sam" in...
Alignment and assignment for playing Sam linebacker, as well as their run and pass read.
NFL Wide Receiver Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy wide receivers.
From Standard to Keeper: 6 Types of Fantasy...
About Football defines the different types of fantasy football leagues.
About Football's Fantasy Football Glossary
About Football's Fantasy Football Glossary defines all the common fantasy football terms associated with fantasy 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 Eat For Success in Football
What to eat and what not to eat for success on the football field.
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.
About Football's Fantasy Football Mock Draft
About Football offers a 15-round fantasy mock draft for a 12-team fantasy football league.
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 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.
How to Run the Cover 3 Zone Defense in Football
Description of the cover 3 defense, including strengths, weaknesses, and assignments.
NFL Kicker Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy kickers in the NFL.
NFL Tight End Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top-20 fantasy tight ends in the NFL.
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.
10 Funny Football Quotes
Funny Football Quotes - About Football has put together a collection of funny football quotes.
The Difference Between Strong and Free Safety...
This article describes the difference between the strong safety and free safety positions in football.
What Are the Special Teams Positions in Football?
About Football defines all the specialized positions played on special teams.
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.
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 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.
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
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 Many Ways Can a Football Team Score Points?
This basics of football tutorial explains all the different methods of scoring in football.
NFL Kick/Punt Returner Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy Kick/Punt Returner.
Fantasy Football Studs
These fantasy football studs are the cream of the NFL crop. All fantasy studs are listed by position.
NFL Defensive Unit Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top-20 fantasy defenses in the NFL.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fantasy Football Sleepers
About Football lists the top fantasy football sleepers for the upcoming season.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the Object of Football?
Football 101 - About Football explains the object of the game of football.
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.
Why a Football Game Starts the Way it Does
Football 101 - About Football explains the basics of how a football game begins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top 10 Funny Fantasy Football Team Names
A ranking of our top 10 funny fantasy football team names.
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.
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.
Ends, Tackles and the Nose: Meet Football's...
What is a defensive line, what do they do, and what makes a good defensive line.
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.
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.
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.
Overall IDP Fantasy Football Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top defensive fantasy football players for IDP leagues.
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.
How to Play Defensive Back in Football
Description of the defensive backfield, with links for how to play each position in the secondary.
NFL Linebacker Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy linebackers for IDP leagues.
NFL Defensive Linemen Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy defensive linemen for IDP leagues.
How the NFL Determines the Order Teams Select...
About Football explains how the NFL determines the NFL Draft order.
Offensive Line Rankings
Offensive line rankings - Before you make your final decision on who to draft, check our NFL offensive line rankings to see who has an advantage as well as who's at a disadvantage.
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.
What Are the Shotgun and Pistol Formations in...
Compares the shotgun formation to the pistol formation in football.
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.
Toss Sweep Improves I-Formation Outside Run...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NFL Defensive Back Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy defensive backs in the NFL.
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.
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.
How Does the Wildcat Offense Work in Football?
About Football explains the Wildcat Offense.
Fantasy Football's Solid Players
These may not be the top fantasy football players available, but once the fantasy studs are gone, these guys, who should be considered solid fantasy football players, are the next best scoring options.
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.
Installing the Middle Kickoff Return
To pump up a team's kickoff return yardage, turn to the easy-to-install double wedge middle return.
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.
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.
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.
Do Your Fantasy Football Homework
If you want to come out on top of your fantasy football league, do your fantasy football homework.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Top 3 ‘Get Your Heart-Pumping’...
Turn the heat up on football conditioning with these three drills combining endurance, speed,and agility.
Fantasy Football Super Sleepers
Finding a sleeper or two in the later rounds of your fantasy football draft is a great way to gain an advantage, but as the season unfolds, it helps to find the super sleepers still available on your league's waiver wire.
How Each Winning Super Bowl Team Finished the...
Check the success of every winning Super Bowl team the year following their championship season.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
What is the Red Zone in Football, and Why is it...
Description of the Red Zone and the implications for offense and defensive teams.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Quarterback Rating is Calculated in Football
How to calculate a quarterback rating.
Which NFL team is most likely to come back from...
The five NFL teams most likely to go from worst to first.
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.
Ineligible Receiver Downfield
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Here are my top 10 burning questions for NFL...
Top 10 questions for 2014 NFL training camp
What is the 3-4 Eagle Defense in Football?
The 3-4 Eagle defense evolved from Buddy Ryan's 46 defense. This page explains which players are used in the 3-4 Eagle formation, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
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.
Is Scoring an Extra Point in Pro Football the...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term extra point.
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’s Reverse Play an Oldie but Goodie
Even when the football field actually resembled a gridiron, teams were running the misdirection reverse handoff to confuse aggressive defenses. Today's offensive playbooks include a reverse play for one reason. It still works!
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.
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.
Dried Beef Cheese Ball
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 a Dried Beef Cheese Ball.
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.
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.
About Football Glossary - Chain Gang
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term chain gang.
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.
3-4 Defense: Strong Stunt Blitz Stops Pass and...
A strong side twist blitz can be effective in stopping the rush as well as the pass. The strength of the five-man rushing package, however, is dependent on the secondary's ability to disguise coverages.
Lee Roy Selmon
The first ever draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon was one of the few bright spots during the early years of the franchise.
Top Picks - Football Magazines
These football magazines are the top picks on my list. Pick up a subscription and keep up on all the latest college and pro football news.
Fantasy Football's Safe Players
It takes dominant fantasy football players to keep you in contention, but you can separate yourself from the competition if you know who the safe picks are once the fantasy studs and the solid players are picked over. These guys may not produce among the league's best, but they are a safe bet to at least produce on a moderate level. Most of these guys fall into the NO. 2 starter/key backup role.
Why a QB's Decision-Making is Key When Running...
A major part of having a successful spread football offensive attack hinges on the quarterback's decision-making ability when running the zone read play.
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