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Published: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:23:54 +0000

 



Why Understanding Down and Distance is Key to...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Understanding down and distance is probably the biggest key to understanding football, and About football will help you figure it out!



How do you play middle linebacker?

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

How do you play middle linebacker (mike linebacker)? Here's a breakdown of what playing middle linebacker entails.



The 10 Worst Quarterbacks in the NFL

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

10 Worst Quarterbacks in the NFL



The Complete Guide to Football Terminology

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

This football glossary includes definitions for hundreds of commonly used terms. Intended for new fans, football 101 is useful for almost anyone.



How Are the NFL League and Playoffs Organized?

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Consisting of 32 teams, the NFL is organized into a pair of conferences which are sub-divided into divisions.



Football 101: Understanding the Basics of...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Football is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts on each end.



Sam (Strong Line) Linebacker Tips

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Alignment and assignment for playing Sam linebacker, as well as their run and pass read.



What Are the Shotgun and Pistol Formations in...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Compares the shotgun formation to the pistol formation in football.



How To Play Free Safety in Football

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

The basics of how to play free safety on a football team. Includes information about who should play free safety and what they do.



Understanding Football's Cover 2 Zone Defense

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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 Safety in Football

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Includes the basics of playing strong safety, including the alignment, assignment, and read, as well as who should play strong safety.



25 Questions to Expect if You're a Interviewing...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



Complete list of all players that have won MVP

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Complete list of all players that have won MVP



Understanding the Uniform Numbers and Positions...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



Youth Football: Fundamentals, Proper Techniques...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Those involved with youth football programs often forget teaching proper techniques and fundamentals is much more important than the team's playboook.



Ever heard of Sam, Mike and Will? They're...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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The Difference Between Strong and Free Safety...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

This article describes the difference between the strong safety and free safety positions in football.



Strength of Victory in football

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Strength of victory refers to the combined winning percentages of the opponents that a team has beaten. It is part of the NFL’s tiebreaking procedure.



What are some funny names for NFL teams?

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Here are some popular and insulting nicknames for NFL teams.



How the NFL Determines the Order Teams Select...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

About Football explains how the NFL determines the NFL Draft order.



Toss Sweep Improves I-Formation Outside Run...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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The Dallas Cowboys and Other Cheerleaders in...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.






A Handy List of College Football's Heisman...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

A list of all winners of college football's highest award, the Heisman Trophy.



Football Officals and Their Duties During a Game

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

This page outlines each football official's responsibilities along with their positioning on the football field



How Each Winning Super Bowl Team Finished the...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Check the success of every winning Super Bowl team the year following their championship season.



How to Play Linebacker in Football

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Basics of the linebacker position in football. Includes information on alignment, who should play, and what they do.



Know Every NFL, AFL and Super Bowl Champion...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

About Football lists the NFL champions for every season since 1920 along with the AFL champions from 1960 to 1969.



What Does a Cornerback Do? How to Play Cornerback

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

What is a cornerback and what do they do? Different techniques are covered, including man-to-man, press coverage, zone/bail technique.



Top 10 Reasons to Love/Hate Cam Newton

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Top 10 Reasons to Love/Hate Cam Newton



Defensive Line Positions Explained

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

What is a defensive line, what do they do, and what makes a good defensive line.



How to Play Defensive End in Football

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

The job of a defensive end actually is pretty much what it sounds like: Hold down the end of the line of scrimmage and don't let anyone get outside.



How do you run a fullback trap?

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



Who Were the Starting Quarterbacks in Every...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



Super Bowl Games and Stadiums

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

About Football provides a list of stadiums and cities that have hosted the Super Bowl.



3 Football Helmets That Might Help Reduce...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



Extra! Extra! Read All About What PAT Means in...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term PAT.



XFL Cheerleaders - Cheerleader Pictures

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Check out these fantastic cheerleader pictures taken by your Football guide. This photo gallery contains some of the hottest cheerleader pictures on the internet.



Results of Every Postseason Game the Dallas...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Check out the results of all of the Dallas Cowboys playoff games throughout NFL history.



The Dos and Don'ts of Managing Your Fantasy...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Description of the cover 3 defense, including strengths, weaknesses, and assignments.



Guidelines for Evaluating Football Coaches

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Developing performance evaluation guidelines provides coaches and administrators information important in creating a successful football program.



Play-Action pass.

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z




Football's 8 Positions on Offense

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

About Football defines all the positions played on the offensive side of the ball.



What is the West Coast Offense in Football?

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

What is the West Coast Offense? About Football offers a brief introduction explaining the objectives and basics of the West Coast Offense.



How to Catch a Football

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



What Are the Special Teams Positions in Football?

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

About Football defines all the specialized positions played on special teams.



How can a 3-4 defense stop both the run and pass?

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



What Are the 6 Defensive Positions in Football?

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

About Football defines all the positions played on the defensive side of the ball.



5 Valuable Tips For Youth Football Coaches

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Advice for youth football coaches. Keep it fun, keep it safe, teach the fundamentals, teach good sportsmanship, and build lasting relationships.



How to Play Weak Side or "Will" Linebacker in...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Instructional piece on how to play Will linebacker, including alignment, assignments, and key/read. Also includes information on who should play Will linebacker.



Watching Football Through a Coach's Eyes

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Coaches and casual fans can watch the same game and see very different things. Coaches tend to pay attention to a variety of details on each play.



Top 10 Running Backs of All Time

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



From Standard to Keeper: 6 Types of Fantasy...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

An explanation of six popular types of fantasy football leagues.



Players Who Have Won Super Bowls with More Than...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

About Football lists all the players who have won Super Bowls with more than one team.



How Many Ways Can a Football Team Score Points?

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

This basics of football tutorial explains all the different methods of scoring in football.



How to Play Defensive Back in Football

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Defensive backs.are the defensive football players charged with pass coverage. They're positioned behind the linebackers or near the sidelines.



Offensive Checklist: Preparation Key to...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

It is no secret the best football coaches benefit from the ability develop a well-organized practice plan. Such disciplined practice structure allows offensive coaches to teach players what is needed to win the next game.



How to Determine If You Should Play on the...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

The offensive lineman position in football is detailed, including who should play and how to improve your skills as an offensive lineman.



NFL Scheduling Procedures

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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 Football's 4-3 Defense and How Does it...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

To fully utilize the benefits of a 4-3 defensive system, coaches must recognize the importance of implementing the Over and Under defensive calls.



Safety: About Football Glossary

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

In football, the secondary is the name given to the group of players that make up the defensive backfield.






Advice For Young Football Players: Control What...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Control your attitude, your mind, and your effort, and you will be a better football player, regardless of how physically talented you are.



How NOT to Throw like Tim Tebow

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

How to throw a football properly. Four tips for quarterbacks on developing a successful throwing technique.



Stopping Power Football with the Eagle Defense

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Offenses lining up in a two-back power set can cause problems for defenses. Shifting to the eagle defensive alignment is a successful response.



Fantasy Football 101: What You Need to Know to...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Fantasy football is a statistics-based game in which players compete against each other by drafting and managing players from NFL teams.



Do You Know the NFL Tiebreaking Procedures?

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



What Made Barry Sanders a Hall of Fame NFL...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

One of the most electrifying running backs in NFL history, Barry Sanders thrilled NFL fans throughout the 90's decade.



Football 101: How a Football Game Begins

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Football 101: How a football game begins. About.com takes a look at how a traditional football game begins.



How To Eat For Success in Football

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

A diet and nutrition guide for football players: What to eat and what not to eat for success on the football field.



How Does the Wildcat Offense Work in Football?

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

About Football explains the Wildcat Offense.



What is The Red Zone?

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Description of the Red Zone and the implications for offense and defensive teams.



Why Getting Super Bowl Tickets is Easy if...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Super Bowl - About Football explains how to get Super Bowl tickets.



Shape and Size are Key, But What Makes a...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

What is a football? What is it made of? How big is a football?



5 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Football

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



Strength of Schedule

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Guidelines for determining strength of schedule in the NFL.



What is a Safety in Football and How is One...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term safety.



How Quarterback Rating is Calculated in Football

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

How to calculate a quarterback rating.



How to Play Wide Receiver in Football

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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 is the Nickel Defense in Football?

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



How Football Coaches Read Offensive Formations

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

For football players playing defense, this article contains information on how to read an offensive formation, and determining the strong and weak side.



Wide Receiver Screen Pass Pressures Defensive...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

A wide receiver slip screen pass pressures a defensive secondary that is aligned deep.



More Than 100 Yards: What Are the Exact...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



Remembering Super Bowl I: Who Played, Who Won...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



NFL Football Follies: 'Top 10' Insulting...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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 Franchise and Transition...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



Pistol Formation

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

About Football offers a description of the pistol formation.



Why the Nickel Back is More than the Name of a...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Describes the football position of nickel back. Includes information on who should play nickel back and when the nickel package is used in football.



Randy Moss - Timeline of Randy Moss Accomplishm...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Randy Moss gets a lot of negative press for his antics, but his list of accomplishments is even greater. He is considered to be one of the best ever.



A Year by Year NFL Franchise Genealogy

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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 and more.



Understanding the Basics of the 3-4 Defense in...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

The 3-4 defense is used by many NFL football teams. Learn the basics of this arrangement and how the players are used in this defensive strategy.



When and Why Football Coaches Use the Nickel...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Explains what the nickel defense is, when it is used, and what the advantages and disadvantages are.



Grand Theft: Top 10 Steals in NFL Draft History

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

Top 10 NFL draft steals of all time-



Check out this timeline of former NFL great...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

About Football offers a timeline of antics by controversial wide receiver Randy Moss during his NFL career.



Dallas Cowboys History

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



NFL's Top 5 Father-Son Combinations

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

There have been about 200 father-son combinations in the NFL, and About Football ranks the best of all-time.



What the Gap is in Football and How Defenses...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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How Football Coaches Can Get the Most of Their...

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

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.



About Football Glossary - Blitz

2017-01-24T11:23:54Z

The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term blitz.