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Published: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:27:07 +0000

 



Why Understanding Down and Distance is Key to...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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?

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Football 101: Understanding the Basics of...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



The Complete Guide to Football Terminology

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Sam (Strong Line) Linebacker Tips

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



How to Play Defensive End in Football

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



Top Ten Unwanted NFL Stars

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

The Best Undrafted Players the NFL Has Ever Seen



Understanding the Uniform Numbers and Positions...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



Understanding Football's Cover 2 Zone Defense

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Toss Sweep Improves I-Formation Outside Run...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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How To Play Free Safety in Football

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Youth Football: Fundamentals, Proper Techniques...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



How to Play Lineback in Football

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



The 10 Worst Quarterbacks in the NFL

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

10 Worst Quarterbacks in the NFL



How do you run a fullback trap?

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



Defensive Line Positions Explained

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



3 Football Helmets That Might Help Reduce...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



Football Officals and Their Duties During a Game

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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 the Cornerback Position in Football

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



The Difference Between Strong and Free Safety...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



How to Run the Cover 3 Zone Defense in Football

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



What Are the 6 Defensive Positions in Football?

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Football's 8 Positions on Offense

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



What are some funny names for NFL teams?

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

Here are some popular and insulting nicknames for NFL teams.



Safety: About Football Glossary

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



Learning how to run the read option

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



What Are the Shotgun and Pistol Formations in...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

Compares the shotgun formation to the pistol formation in football.



How to Catch a Football

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

Complete list of all players that have won MVP



How to Play Defensive Back in Football

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



5 Valuable Tips For Youth Football Coaches

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



What is The Red Zone?

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Watching Football Through a Coach's Eyes

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



How NOT to Throw like Tim Tebow

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Offensive Checklist: Preparation Key to...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



Why Football's Offensive Lineman Position Is...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



From Alignment to Assignment to Snap: Playing...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



How the NFL is Organized

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



What is the West Coast Offense in Football?

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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!



How Football Coaches Read Offensive Formations

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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 Many Ways Can a Football Team Score Points?

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

About Football's fantasy football Dos and Don'ts outline tips to successfully manage your fantasy football team.



What Are the Special Teams Positions in Football?

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



How Wide Receiver Terrell Owens Made His Mark...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

About Football offers a timeline of bad boy Terrell Owens' antics during his NFL career.



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Comparing Adult Football Shoulder Pads

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



How Does the Wildcat Offense Work in Football?

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

About Football explains the Wildcat Offense.



Atlanta Falcons Hall of Fame Players

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

The list of Atlanta Falcons Hall of Famers is rather short in comparison to some of the other NFL franchises, but they have had a few players who received the ultimate football honor of enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.



Find Out What Year Your Favorite NFL Team...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

About Football lists the date of entry of every team currently in the NFL.



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Defending the Double Wing Wedge Play

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

Stopping the wedge play is of central important in creating problems for an offense that utilizes the double wing formation. .



About Football's Fantasy Football Glossary

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Game Preparation: Breaking Down the Offense

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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Stopping Power Football with the Eagle Defense

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



How to Play Wide Receiver in Football

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

Fundamentals of the wide receiver position in football, including who should play, where they line up, and how to improve as a wide receiver.



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

About Football defines the different types of fantasy football leagues.



Top 5 Run Plays Out of the I-Formation for...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

Using Multiple-I looks, you can control the clock running Iso, Toss Sweep, Fullback Trap, Counter, and Reverse.



Wide Receiver Screen Pass Pressures Defensive...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Advice For Young Football Players: Control What...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Top 10 Reasons to Love/Hate Cam Newton

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

Top 10 Reasons to Love/Hate Cam Newton



How One Short Running Play Can Pay Off Big For...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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What is the Nickel Defense in Football?

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Super Bowl Games and Stadiums

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



How To Eat For Success in Football

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

What to eat and what not to eat for success on the football field.



A Year by Year NFL Franchise Genealogy

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



NFL Offensive Line Rankings

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



5 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Football

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



NFL Scheduling Procedures

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



Top 5 Football Pass Routes

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



When and Why Football Coaches Use the Nickel...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

Top 10 NFL draft steals of all time-



Guidelines for Evaluating Football Coaches

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



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

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Top 10 Running Backs of All Time

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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 Quarterback Rating is Calculated in Football

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

How to calculate a quarterback rating.



Defensive Strategy: Understanding Gap Assignments

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

A description and illustration of where the a, b, and c gaps are to aid in your understanding of gap assignments in football.



About Football Glossary - Blitz

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



What Does it Mean to Call an Audible and Why...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Football 101: How a Football Game Begins

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



Wide receiver

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

A wideout, also known as a wide receiver, or simply a receiver, is an offensive player whose primary job is to catch passes from the quarterback.



Check out this timeline of former NFL great...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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



How to Have a Successful Fantasy Football Draft

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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.



Top 3 ‘Get Your Heart-Pumping’...

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

Turn the heat up on football conditioning with these three drills combining endurance, speed,and agility.



Reverse Play is a Time-tested Trick Play

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

The reverse handoff is a classic football play. Used to trick defenses, it has been a playbook staple since the days of balloon-shaped footballs.



About Football Glossary - Line of Scrimmage

2016-09-24T11:27:07Z

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