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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.
How the NFL Determines the Order Teams Select...
About Football explains how the NFL determines the NFL Draft order.
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.
NFL Kick/Punt Returner Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy Kick/Punt Returner.
About Football Glossary - Strength of Victory
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term Strength of Victory.
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.
How the NFL is Organized
Consisting of 32 teams, the NFL is organized into a pair of conferences which are sub-divided into divisions.
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.
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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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.
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!
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
What the Middle Linebacker or "Mike" Does on...
General description of how to play middle linebacker (mike), including alignment, assignment, and key.
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!
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 Lineback in Football
Basics of the linebacker position in football. Includes information on alignment, who should play, and what they do.
Randy Moss
About Football offers a timeline of antics by controversial wide receiver Randy Moss during his NFL career.
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.
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.
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's 8 Positions on Offense
About Football defines all the positions played on the offensive side of the ball.
How To Eat For Success in Football
What to eat and what not to eat for success on the football field.
How to Play Strong Side Linebacker or "Sam" in...
Alignment and assignment for playing Sam linebacker, as well as their run and pass read.
What Are the 6 Defensive Positions in Football?
About Football defines all the positions played on the defensive side of the ball.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Many Ways Can a Football Team Score Points?
This basics of football tutorial explains all the different methods of scoring in football.
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 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 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.
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.
How to Run the Cover 3 Zone Defense in Football
Description of the cover 3 defense, including strengths, weaknesses, and assignments.
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.
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.
How to Play Defensive End in Football
Full detail on how to play defensive end. Includes stance, read, alignment, and pass rush technique.
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.
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 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.
All the College Football Players Who Have Won...
A list of all winners of college football's highest award, the Heisman Trophy.
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 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.
Strength of Schedule
Guidelines for determining strength of schedule in the NFL.
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 Are the Special Teams Positions in Football?
About Football defines all the specialized positions played on special teams.
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 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.
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.
What Are the Shotgun and Pistol Formations in...
Compares the shotgun formation to the pistol formation in football.
From Standard to Keeper: 6 Types of Fantasy...
About Football defines the different types of fantasy football leagues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why a Football Game Starts the Way it Does
Football 101 - About Football explains the basics of how a football game begins.
What is the Object of Football?
Football 101 - About Football explains the object of the game of 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.
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.
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.
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.
Every Announcer Who Has Ever Called a Monday...
This Monday Night Football history page lists all past and current Monday Night Football Broadcasters.
10 Funny Football Quotes
Funny Football Quotes - About Football has put together a collection of funny football quotes.
Why Dallas Cowboys Great Randy White is in the...
Randy White was the Dallas Cowboys No. 1 draft pick in 1975Check out the details of Randy White's NFL career.
Results of Every Postseason Game the Dallas...
Check out the results of all of the Dallas Cowboys playoff games throughout NFL history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Quarterback Rating is Calculated in Football
How to calculate a quarterback rating.
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.
NFL Draft Order
NFL Draft Order - About Football provides the current NFL Draft order of selection for 2012.
NFL Playoff Race
Check out the current NFL playoff standings in all the NFL playoff races.
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.
Find Out What Year Your Favorite NFL Team...
About Football lists the date of entry of every team currently in the NFL.
Shape and Size are Key, But What Makes a...
What is a football? What is it made of? How big is a football?
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.
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.
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 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.
Was Randy Moss a Great NFL Player or a Bad Apple?
Randy Moss makes news both on and off the football field and About football profiles both the good and the bad.
Which NFL team is most likely to come back from...
The five NFL teams most likely to go from worst to first.
How to Play Defensive Back in Football
Description of the defensive backfield, with links for how to play each position in the secondary.
How Does the Wildcat Offense Work in Football?
About Football explains the Wildcat Offense.
What is The Red Zone?
Description of the Red Zone and the implications for offense and defensive teams.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Which NFL Players Have Won Super Bowls With...
About Football lists all the players who have won Super Bowls with more than one team.
Ends, Tackles and the Nose: Meet Football's...
What is a defensive line, what do they do, and what makes a good defensive line.
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.
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.
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.
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Free Football Picks
Each week About Football offers free football picks straight up and against the spread.
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 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.
What's the Difference Between the BCS and...
NCAA Division 1-A football is unique from all other sports in that it does not cap its season with a playoff system designed to determine a champion. Check out the issues on both sides of the argument in the BCS vs. playoff debate.
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.
Jim Brown: The College and Pro Career of a...
Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown is considered by some to be the best player in the history of the NFL. There's no denying the way he dominated his competition, and the impact he had on the game is immeasurable.
Brother vs. Brother in NFL? There are Tons of...
Here's a list of the Top 10 brother combinations in NFL history
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.
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 Week 15: Stuffed with Must-See Games
Rams over the Cardinals? Falcons over the Steelers? You Must be Crazy? No, I Ain't and Here's Why!
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.
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.
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.
How Each Winning Super Bowl Team Finished the...
Check the success of every winning Super Bowl team the year following their championship season.
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.
Watching Football Through the Eyes of a Coach
When watching football on television, try the approach a football coach takes when viewing game film of an upcoming opponent. You will notice quite a bit more than just the close-up coverage of what the quarterback is doing when you watch football like a coach.
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.
Ineligible Receiver Downfield
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NFL History - NFL Final Standings
About football provides the final NFL standings from 1920 to the present. Check the final standings for every season in NFL history.
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.
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.
What the Gap is in Football and How Defenses...
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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.
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.
Super Bowl History - Super Bowl MVPs
This page lists each year's recipient of the Super Bowl MVP award!
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.
The Youngest and Oldest Players and Coaches to...
About Football lists the youngest and the oldest coaches and players throughout NFL history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dave Casper - Pro Football Hall of Fame
A biography of Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Dave casper, including his career highlights.
Super Bowl Attendance
About Football lists the attendance for every Super Bowl.
Why Getting Super Bowl Tickets is Easy if...
Super Bowl - About Football explains how to get Super Bowl tickets.
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.
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.
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.
NFL Quarterback Fantasy Rankings - Week 2
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy quarterbacks in the NFL.
Which Players and Coaches Have Won Super Bowls...
The following people have been fortunate enough to have won Super Bowls as both a player and coach.
NFL Rookie of the Year
Every recipient of the NFL's Rookie of the Year Award is listed here along with the team he played for and the year he received the award.
What is the Official Definition of a Reception...
Based on official NFL rules, what is a reception?
Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets
The top fantasy football players in the NFL are ranked in these free fantasy football cheat sheets.
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.
Teaching Option Assignments As Easy As 1, 2, 3
Proper instruction of linemen, running backs, and the quarterback in the triple option offense begins with recognizing which defensive players to leave unblocked.
Find Out All About Former Big-Ten and NFL Star...
Herb Adderley - A biography of NFL legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Herb Adderley that includes his career highlights.
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