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Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:17:44 +0000

 



Why Understanding Down and Distance is Key to...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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?

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



The Complete Guide to Football Terminology

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Football 101: Understanding the Basics of...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



How Are the NFL League and Playoffs Organized?

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



The 10 Worst Quarterbacks in the NFL

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

10 Worst Quarterbacks in the NFL



Sam (Strong Line) Linebacker Tips

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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Understanding Football's Cover 2 Zone Defense

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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 Free Safety in Football

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

Preparing for a job interview takes on a different meaning regarding the hiring of a high school football head coach. Coaching applicants are likely to be asked most or all of these interview questions.



How to Play Strong Safety in Football

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Youth Football: Fundamentals, Proper Techniques...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



The Difference Between Strong and Free Safety...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Understanding the Uniform Numbers and Positions...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



Toss Sweep Improves I-Formation Outside Run...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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Football Officals and Their Duties During a Game

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Complete list of all players that have won MVP

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

Complete list of all players that have won MVP



3 Football Helmets That Might Help Reduce...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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 Play Linebacker in Football

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Top Ten Unwanted NFL Stars

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

The Best Undrafted Players the NFL Has Ever Seen



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



How to Play Defensive End in Football

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



What Does a Cornerback Do? How to Play Cornerback

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



College Bowl Invitation System

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

Confused about which team goes where in the current college bowl system? You're not alone. This chart is a guide to college bowl invitations that explains which teams from which conferences are eligible for each of the particular bowl games.



Defensive Line Positions Explained

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Strength of Victory in football

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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?

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

Here are some popular and insulting nicknames for NFL teams.



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



How do you run a fullback trap?

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



Learning how to run the read option

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

Proper instruction of linemen, running backs, and the quarterback in the triple option offense begins with recognizing which defensive players to leave unblocked.



How One Undrafted QB Went From the CFL to the...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

Undrafted, it took Warren Moon six years to gain an opportunity in the NFL. But once he did, he established himself as one of the best of all time.



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



How to Catch a Football

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



Guidelines for Evaluating Football Coaches

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Top 10 Reasons to Love/Hate Cam Newton

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

Top 10 Reasons to Love/Hate Cam Newton



5 Valuable Tips For Youth Football Coaches

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



How Many Ways Can a Football Team Score Points?

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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?

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



What is the West Coast Offense in Football?

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Comparing Adult Football Shoulder Pads

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

When comparing top of the line shoulder pads offered by Schutt, Riddell, Adams, Douglas, and Rawlings, player protection is obviously the main focus.



Super Bowl Games and Stadiums

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



How Each Winning Super Bowl Team Finished the...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



How Does the Wildcat Offense Work in Football?

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

About Football explains the Wildcat Offense.



Watching Football Through a Coach's Eyes

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



NFL Offensive Line Rankings

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



How the NFL Determines the Order Teams Select...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



What Are the Special Teams Positions in Football?

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Why Getting Super Bowl Tickets is Easy if...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



What Are the Shotgun and Pistol Formations in...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

Compares the shotgun formation to the pistol formation in football.



Who Were the Starting Quarterbacks in Every...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



Top 10 Running Backs of All Time

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



Advice For Young Football Players: Control What...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



How to Play Defensive Back in Football

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Football's 8 Positions on Offense

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



How NOT to Throw like Tim Tebow

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Results of Every Postseason Game the Dallas...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



How Football Coaches Read Offensive Formations

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Game Preparation: Breaking Down the Offense

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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Safety: About Football Glossary

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Offensive Checklist: Preparation Key to...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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!



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



What is The Red Zone?

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



NFL Scheduling Procedures

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

An explanation of six popular types of fantasy football leagues.



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



5 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Football

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

This list provides 5 examples of good life lessons one can glean from the game of football. It includes discipline, perseverance, teamwork, goal setting. It helps parents understand how to help their son not just play the game, but learn from it.



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Dallas Cowboys History

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



Do You Know the NFL Tiebreaking Procedures?

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



How to Play Wide Receiver in Football

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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 Made Barry Sanders a Hall of Fame NFL...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Wide Receiver Screen Pass Pressures Defensive...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



How Quarterback Rating is Calculated in Football

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

How to calculate a quarterback rating.



Did Seattle Seahawks "Fix" the NFC title game?

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

Ticket lawsuit against NFL has merit



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



What is the Nickel Defense in Football?

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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 To Eat For Success in Football

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



How To Become an NFL Official

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



Stopping Power Football with the Eagle Defense

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



Questions Parents Should Ask Before Letting...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



A Year by Year NFL Franchise Genealogy

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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About Football Glossary - Blitz

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



Football 101: How a Football Game Begins

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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



From Alignment to Assignment to Snap: Playing...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

The tackle is the anchor of a football team's defensive line. There are typically two tackles on the field positioned on the inside of the line.



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

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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 Football Coaches Can Get the Most of Their...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

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.



Illegal shift in football

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

An illegal shift is a foul by the offense where a player fails to set prior to the snap.



The Youngest and Oldest Players and Coaches to...

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

About Football lists the youngest and the oldest coaches and players throughout NFL history.



About Football's Fantasy Football Glossary

2016-12-07T11:17:44Z

About Football's Fantasy Football Glossary defines all the common fantasy football terms associated with fantasy football.