What do you call a play when the offensive line is on the side?


No No that is just crazy. If your offensive line laid down that might be the last snap your QB plays. When my oldest son was playing pee-wee football he was so fast and low off the ball (smallest kid on the team) that no one could block him.

Several refs asked me to take him out of the game after we were up by 30 or so but the offenses weren't even functional with just him. He hurt some quarterbacks and runningbacks since he is full speed and they are in a vulnerable position and not really moving (that is what teams get for not being able to put a fullback in front in a power set).

What you are suggesting is pure crazy. It is having 4-5 guys running full steam into your quarterback. They aren't off balance - at all. Like telling the goalie to turn his back to the ball to confuse the other...

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Looking deeper into the initial development of the word tackle, from dictionary.com:

Middle English (denoting equipment for a specific task): probably from Middle Low German takel, from taken: lay hold of. Early senses of the verb ( late Middle English) described the provision and handling of a ship's equipment.

Considering the role of an offensive tackle is both to grapple and to guide, very fitting. And we indeed still have some situations today where we can mean tackle as to wrestle with a situation rather than to necessarily to defeat it, such as:

I'll take care of the homework first, then I'll tackle studying for the final.

If the sports usage really evolved down from that meaning, it actually seems slightly more odd that soccer calls it a tackle!

However, I had a feeling it was quite a bit more complex than simply that explanation, and...

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A diagram showing an

I formation

on offense and a 4-3 formation on defense

In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. The specific role that a player takes on the field is called his position. Under the modern rules of American football, teams are allowed unlimited substitutions; that is, teams may change any number of players after any play. This has resulted in the development of three "platoons" of players: the offense (the team with the ball, which is trying to score), the defense (the team trying to prevent the other team from scoring, and to take the ball from them), and the special teams (who play in kicking situations). Within those platoons, various specific positions exist depending on what each player's main job is.


In American football, the offense is the side in which the players have possession of the ball. It is their job to advance the ball towards the opponent's end zone to score points....

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When people think of the Offensive line they dont think of them as much as individuals rather as a large blob of massive human beins. This quiz takes your traits and intrest and helps you determing what position you would be suited for on the offensive line.

Are you quick on your feet. Do you have god-like strenght. Maybe all of those and a football I.Q. of 200. This quiz test your potential to play Offensive line at either Left tackle, Left guard, center, Right guard, and Right tackle

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In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. However, because the rules allow unlimited substitution between plays, the types of players on the field for each team differ depending on the situation. In the NFL, most play only offense or only defense, with "two-way" players being of the long-ago past.


The offensive team or football is the team that begins a play from scrimmage in possession of the ball.A play usually begins when the quarterback takes a snap from the center and then either hands off to a back, passes to a receiver or a back, or runs the ball himself. The object of the offensive team is to score points for their team. Usually the sign that their goal is accomplished for the offensive team is the touchdown. However, the offensive team can also help the team score by getting good field position for an attempt at a field goal.

The offensive unit in American football consists of a quarterback, linemen, backs, tight...

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A diagram of the linemen, with defensive linemen (in 4-3 formation) in red and offensive linemen in green.

In gridiron football, a lineman is a player who specializes in play at the line of scrimmage. The linemen of the team currently in possession of the ball are the offensive line, while linemen on the opposing team are the defensive line. A number of NFL rules specifically address restrictions and requirements for the offensive line. The defensive line is covered by the same rules that apply to all defensive players and the offensive lineman are supposed to help block the quarterback from getting sacks for a loss or even worse a fumble.[1] Linemen are usually the largest players on the field in both height and weight, since their positions usually require less running and more strength than skill positions.

Offensive line[edit]

An offensive lineman's motion during a play is often limited to just a few quick steps to establish position, followed by a...

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Now that the fundamentals of the job have been covered, we're going to go into an outline of how to play the position and what they look for in players. After that, based on feedback, we'll go into some specifics of various defensive schemes.

First though, you have to know what the linebacker is actually looking at when he lines up. Where he lines up is based on the front call, and each scheme will have a set of fronts that they predominantly run, but the offensive players are what he looks at once he knows where to stand and most of the time those don't change. The "Key" is simply the offensive player(s) that a defender watches pre-snap and just afterwards.

There are 3 types of keys that LBs look at:

RB - fastest key, easiest to teach but highly susceptible to play-action & misdirection offenses Offensive linemen - slower developing, hard to teach but is almost never wrong Triangle Key - OL + RB + Snap of Ball itself, a combination of the other two

It used to...

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American College Football Rules Questions & Answers

If you are new to American Football and have a question about the rules, send your question to dwilson@engr.wisc.edu. [I'm just a fan: I've never played the game.] For an introduction to the rules, click here. For advanced questions, see Curt Johnson's Answers for Coaches or join the NCAA rules discussion group.

To find an answer, use "Find in Page..." on the Edit menu to look for a key word.

Question: How do you tell who is on offense and defense?

Answer: One of the players (the center on the offense) puts his hands on the ball before the play starts. When the play starts, the center snaps the ball back between his legs to the quarterback. Players wearing the same uniform as the center and quarterback are on offense; players wearing the other uniforms are on defense.

Question: What is the difference between tackle and touch football?

Answer: In touch football, the ball carrier has to stop once...

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Weak side defensive positioning is one of the

most important

, and one of the

most difficult

concepts to teach.

Simply put, good help positioning solves LOTS of problems for you...

It makes your team appear quicker because they have less ground to cover. For example, if your players are perfectly positioned, they can quickly close out to the players they are guarding or they can step in to help.


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Fight your way forward with running plays.

Generally the most common type of play seen in football is the running play. Running plays tend to yield less yardage per play than passing plays but are much less likely to accidentally transfer control of the ball to the other team. They have the added advantage of getting the football out of the quarterback's hands quickly before an aggressive defense can reach his position and cost the team extra yards. If the ball is dropped during a running play, it is called a fumble. A fumbled ball can be picked up by either the other team, or the team that fumbled it to gain or regain control of it.

The quarterback normally hands the ball off to a teammate (typically a running back) to execute a running play, but he can also choose to run the ball himself. Being able to think quickly and assess the situation as it changes is a vital skill for a quarterback to help him decide when to run the ball on his own. Running plays have the benefit of...
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2-point Conversion - One of the options a team has after scoring a touchdown. Instead of kicking a PAT for one point, the scoring team can attempt a 2-point conversion, where they run an actual play. If successful, it’s worth two points.

2-point Stance

- When a lineman is only standing on the line of scrimmage and doesn’t have either hand on the ground, they are standing in a 2-point stance. The number of ‘points’ refers to the number of spots that the player is making contact with the ground; in this case, it’s only two points of contact (the feet).

3-Point Stance

- When a lineman has one hand on the ground and is crouched over that hand before the play starts, that lineman is in a 3-point stance. The number of ‘points’ refers to the number of spots that the player is...

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How many timeouts does each team get in a regular NBA game?
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How many fouls can a player commit before he must leave the game?
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What does it mean when a team is "in the penalty"?
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A diagram showing an "I Formation" on offense and a 4-3 Formation on Defense

In American football, each team has eleven players on the field at one time. Because the rules allow unlimited substitution between plays, however, the types of players on the field for each team differ depending on the situation. At the college and National Football League levels, most play only offense or only defense, with "two-way" players being a thing of the past.


The offensive team or offense in football is the team that begins a play from scrimmage in possession of the ball. A play usually begins when the quarterback takes a snap from the center and then either hands off to a running or tail back, passes to a receiver or a back, runs the ball himself, spikes the ball or takes a knee.

The purpose of spiking the ball is to stop the game clock if the offense is running out of time. The purpose of taking a knee is to...

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MADDEN NFL 2006 OFFENSE 101 FAQ/USER GUIDE Version 0.2 (10/14/05) PS2 Version compiled by sayow (sayowx@hotmail.com) I've been doing this for a few years now so I might as well hand down what I know since I've played Madden for over a decade and a half. This is not a Know All FAQ: it is foundation setting, fact filled insight into what goes into this game. I'll include more insight as I have time and as I come across it. Hope this is helpful to you... All intelligent input welcome. Flaming will be ignored... Revision No. 1: Expanded QB Vision section to include QBV Techniques... TABLE OF CONTENTS I. CONTROLS II. GLOSSARY OF TERMS III. PLAYER RATINGS IV. OFFENSE 101 V. PROPS AND SHOUT OUTS I. CONTROLS Offense Pre-Snap [] = Audible (X, O, [], L1 and R1 are preset plays picked by the CPU or you) /\ = Cancel an audible [], L2 = Run the originally selected play [], R2 = Flip the play Select = Timeout L3 = Quiet the crowd /\ = Hot Route other receivers (add the D-pad direction to...
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In preparation for the 2014 NFL Draft, I've researched and broken down some of the scouting methodologies that NFL teams use, explained how each combine drill translates to the field and illustrated some of the terms player reports commonly feature. These segued nicely into my current series breaking down the attributes, tools and skill sets that scouts look for in NFL Draft prospects when evaluating their play in games.

As I noted while talking receivers and running backs, combine workouts and measurables are excellent benchmarks for athleticism, and at this time of year they're always at the front of our minds. Still, breaking down tape is the absolute best way to evaluate individual players. It's a complex and highly varied process across scouting departments league-wide, but the evaluation of game film can be boiled down to a simple question, whether you're a personnel exec, a pro scout, a pro draft analyst or an amateur fan at home:

What do you look for?

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With a quarterback, people point to interceptions, yardage, touchdowns, completion percentages and offensive efficiency numbers. Running backs get touchdowns and yards, perhaps even some receiving yardage numbers if they're fancy. Receivers have their own set.

Hell, even on the defensive side sacks, tackles, interceptions, TFL and total defensive stats are how most folks try to explain whether or not Player D is doing their job.

Meanwhile, offensive linemen have no such metric by which to grade them.

Sure, you can count pancakes, a stat that speaks to some explosive power and ability to ride a guy into the ground. Some people look to sacks allowed and rushing yardage as a way to prove their case.

However, in all cases you're not actually getting a true look at when a player is doing things right or wrong. Knockdowns are great, but...

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Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

If Doug Pederson is successful with the Eagles, and he’s able to turn around Philadelphia’s offense, you can thank Paul Brown and Bill Walsh. That’s the duo widely credited with bringing the West Coast offense to the NFL, a variation of which you’ll see Pederson run.

You can even follow the lineage from Walsh down to Pederson, as Mike Holmgren was a quarterbacks coach under Walsh, Andy Reid was a quarterbacks coach under Homlgren, and Pederson was a quarterbacks coach — and offense coordinator — under Reid.

Still, the Eagles’ new head coach warns against using a blanket label to describe his offense.

“You say West Coast, I think that has kind of gone by the wayside just a touch,” Pederson said on Tuesday. “I’ll tell you this: the core values of the offense, the core principles, some of the core plays are West Coast-ish. We have developed a hybrid-type system.”

While some predict Pederson will be a more aggressive...

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For a long time I used to go to bed early. Sometimes, when I had put out my candle, my eyes would close so quickly that I had not even time to say \"I'm going to sleep.\" And half an hour later the thought that it was time to go to sleep would awaken me; I would try to put away the book which, I imagined, was still in my hands, and to blow out the light; I had been thinking all the time, while I was asleep, of what I had just been reading, but my thoughts had run into a channel of their own, until I myself seemed actually to have become the subject of my book: a church, a quartet, the rivalry between...

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Drive Block

Basic block that is used when we want a one on one block against the defender. The offensive lineman will take a 6 to 8 inch power step just outside the defender's base toward the play side call. The second step will drive over the first and will be planted in the ground simultaneously as the hands and helmet strike the top of the play side # to create a hard surface. The lineman will then attempt to get downhill movement on the defender while keeping a flat back and # s over the knees. We will finish every block, if we can't keep up, if the defender disengages, or if the defender gets outside the framework(do not stretch the jersey) climb, accelerate your feet for the pancake.

Scoop Block

The Scoop block...

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Whether on an offensive or defensive line, each player in a football lineup has a specific job to do. Each player/position has a specific role to play. The offensive positions are shown in the lower half of the following figure, and the defensive positions are shown in the upper half. The offense and defense face each other across the line of scrimmage.

The line of scrimmage is simply the spot on the field from which the football is hiked.

The figure shows the 4-3 defense (a four down linemen and three linebacker scheme) lined up against a strong-side-right offense. These lineups are common in the NFL, as well as at other levels of football.

Football offensive positions

The offense’s primary job, as a team, is to move the ball down the field and score — either by touchdown or kicking a field goal. There are other ways to score as well, but those are primarily left to special teams. Within the offense, the functions are divided among these key...

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To understand and enjoy American football, get familiar with key terms and what they mean. Until you grasp basic football lingo, listening to announcers call a football game can be like listening to monkey gibberish. The following list fills you in on the basic American football terms you need to know:

Backfield: The group of offensive players — the running backs and quarterback — who line up behind the line of scrimmage.

Down: A period of action that starts when the ball is put into play and ends when the ball is ruled dead (meaning the play is completed). The offense gets four downs to advance the ball 10 yards. If it fails to do so, it must surrender the ball to the opponent, usually by punting on the fourth down.

Drive: The series of plays when the offense has the football, until it punts or scores and the other team gets possession of the ball.

End zone: A 10-yard-long area at each end of the field. You score a touchdown when you enter the...

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