Questions about the American sport of football. Not to be confused with the [football] tag, which Americans call "soccer."

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Why couldn't the referees cancel the timeout in the Jets game?

In this week's Jets-Packers game, the wrong person called a timeout from the sidelines (only the head coach is allowed). The referees played correctly, watching the field instead of who is calling ...
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Why doesn't Los Angeles have an NFL team?

The Los Angeles metropolitan area is the second largest metro area in the United States. It is big enough to support 2 NBA teams (Lakers and Clippers), 2 MLB teams (Dodgers and Angels), and 2 NHL ...
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What's the point of a half-point line?

In football betting, a "line" is provided by which the favorite team needs to win, in order for bettors to win that game. Sometimes the line is x.5 points. If it's impossible to gain half-points in ...
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San Francisco 49ers uniform colors: White or red?

I always thought they wore red while home and white while away. However, when I saw the highlights of their first game (2014 season) against the Cowboys yesterday, I noticed them wearing red even ...
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why are quarterback more prone to injury?

Quarterbacks are generally considered fragile and prone to injury. Of course some of this is related to the vulnerability related to getting blindsided while they are throwing the ball. However, ...
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Why is a 4-2-5 defense named as such?

I was watching a Bleacher Report video. In the video breaking down the TAMU-SC opener game, the narrator said, "Thanks to the abundance of linebacking talent, [SC] are looking to move to more of a ...
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Two point conversion from 15 yard line?

During preseason, the NFL are trialling having extra points snapped from the 15 yard line. During the Giants-Bills preseason opener, all three extra points were successfully kicked. But what would ...
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What is “strong side” vs. “weak side” on defense in American football?

What is "strong side" vs. "weak side" on defense in American football? I'm trying to get a basic understanding of this terminology but am getting tripped up.
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Who is the worst NFL team in history?

I know there are a lot of bad NFL teams but I want to know who the worst franchise in NFL history is.. (ie: least playoff appearances/wins/win percentage etc.)
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How quickly should a drop back passer release the ball?

The highest rated quarterbacks in football appear to release the ball just seconds after the snap. Sophisticated pass rushing and secondary coverages give the offense few opportunities to advance the ...
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When do the first NCAA Football Polls come out?

Does anyone know when the first AP polls for NCAA Football are announced?
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Scoring an American Football Game?

Is there an analog to baseball's scorecard for football? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_scorekeeping
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Which defensive position is most likely to create turnovers in american football?

Defensive backs often get them from interceptions but it's possible for other players have forced fumbles, strips and blocked kicks.
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Rushing Yard and Yard Run

To a layman like me, they both sound like similar concepts (though, of course, they're not!): The aggregate number of yards a QB had run with the ball in his hands before either passing off the ball ...
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When did the NFL start using the Wonderlic test and how is it applied to the draft process?

I recently took a Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test at a job interview. It consisted of logic, mathematics and grammar. The NFL uses this exam as a part of their draft analysis. I can understand why I ...
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What is a pass rusher?

Is it just another name for a running back or a wide receiver? It seems to me that it would be anyone who takes the pass from the QB and runs the ball which pretty much seems to be what the RB does. ...
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What does it mean to say, “X was the Nth overall pick for this season”?

I am a recent NFL enthusiast and have just started following the games but some terminology still stumps me. I understand the draft process in general and know that every year each of the 32 teams get ...
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Why do athletes need help standing up?

Watching televised sports, especially American Football and Basketball, it seems that whenever a player falls or is knocked down, he needs help getting back up. With football, it is somewhat ...
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False Start penalty clarification

In the Super Bowl this year Denver was called for a false start on the very first play of the game. The ref clearly stated the false start happened before the snap. Why was the play allowed to ...
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When are (American) football teams likely to decline penalties?

In the first quarter of the Super Bowl, the Seahawks threw an incomplete pass on first down, leading to second down. Except that the offense had a "false start," for a five yard penalty. The Broncos ...
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Fake field goals or extra points in college football

How can there be a fake field goal or extra point in college when the holder starts out with his knee on the ground? This should instantly ground the ball if the kicker isn't going to kick it.
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Why do most coaches save key defensive resources till the end of the game?

This question could be asked of a number of sports, but the example I'm using comes from football. Yesterday, during the wild card round, the New Orleans Saints called a time out early in the second ...
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Why will there only be a 4 team playoff next year in College Football?

Why did they conclude that it should only be 4 instead of 8/16?
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Is a ball live if it bounces off the field goal and back into the field of play on a kickoff

If a team kicks off and the kickoff hits the upright of the field goal (or any part of the field goal) and the ball bounces straight back into the field of play (never hitting the ground out of ...
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Determining tiebreakers among teams within a conference

This question mentions how tiebreakers are determined among teams within a division. During the 2013 NFL season, a scenario has developed where four teams are eligible (Baltimore and Pittsburgh - AFC ...
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Why not go for a field goal attempt instead of a punt in some situations?

I have noticed that in American football the ball seems to travel farther when launched from a tee on the ground, or from the fingers of a holder on the ground, than when launched from a punt. What ...
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How do NFL teams do in their last game if they have already clinched a playoff spot?

Do they tend to rest their good players so they don't have as many injuries going into the playoffs? Basically, I'm wondering if I should bet against teams with playoff locks if the matchup is ...
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Difference between stances in training acceleration for soccer

To train acceleration for (American) football, I would start in the usual wide receiver stance and do 10, 20 yard runs, and up to perhaps 1 or 2 30 yard runs at the end. However, for soccer, we don't ...
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Professional American Football Kickoff rule concerning onside kick

Team A is still down by two points with less than one minute remaining in the game and they are kicking off to team B after just scoring a touchdown. Team B realizes they are going to try an onside ...
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How does one play baseball and football (professionally) at the same time?

The question is pertinent because both sports are played professionally, simultaneously, in September. It came about, because the Texas Rangers "drafted" the Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in a ...
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Football and 19 34

I received a sweater several years ago with embroidery on the front. The image shows the outline of a old-time (American) football team with the numbers 19 34. Every time I wear it, people ask me ...
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What is the purpose for the formation rules?

I understand that seven men most be on the line of scrimmage for the offense at the snap of every play. Growing up I've heard this penalty called a multitude of times and recently I began pondering ...
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Why didn't Oklahoma attempt an extra point after their fumble recovery touchdown at the end of regulation time in 12/7/13 NCAA game vs OK ST?

Why didn't Oklahoma attempt an extra point after their fumble recovery touchdown on the last play of regulation time in its 12/7/13 NCAA game vs Oklahoma State? Is there a NCAA rule answering this ...
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With the clock having one second left for a college football game does the whole play count when the clock runs out?

If the clock for a college football game has one second left on it for the last play, does the whole play count?
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One-point safety by defending team

I learned about the conversion safety today, where an NCAA team attempting an extra point can get a one-point safety if the kick is blocked but the defending team takes the ball into the endzone and ...
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In American football, purpose of motioning the slot reciever

While watching a play with the New England Patriots you often see the z receiver or slot receiver (correct me if they aren't equivalent terms) motion towards the quarter back but then moves back to ...
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Computing win probabilties for NFL teams

My fantasy team uses a playoff system that Bill Simmons suggested a few years ago. In order to study it, I'd like to run Monte Carlo simulations of last year's post-season. To do so, I need to be able ...
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Is there a good measure available for how badly an NFL team has been hit by injuries?

By this point in the season all NFL teams have injury problems, but some are worse than others. Are there any available measures of the extent of each team's issues? Perhaps the total cap charge for ...
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What do you call a play when the offensive line is on the side?

I saw recently in some video a play where only two guys, namely one who snaps and other one who catches a snap, were between the hash marks, but the offensive line was on the side of the line of ...
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Placing a Player on IR in the NFL

What is the purpose of placing a player on Injured Reserve in the NFL? My understanding was that you could hold an injured player out of a game and dress someone else in their place regardless of ...
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Activating a player from Injured Reserve/Designated To Return

The NFL allows one player per team per year to be placed on the IR and be marked as designated to return. What does the return process look like? How long must they be on IR, and how soon must they ...
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If time expires does it still count against a down conversion rate?

Sorry for the bad title, didn't really know how to title it. If a team is 4-4 on 3rd down conversions, it is a 3rd down and time expires does that count against the conversion rate? Same for end of ...
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How much evidence has to be there to overturn an American football play?

I was just recently (5 minutes ago) watching an American football game. It was a quite important 4th down play to win the game, and the play was challenged. The cameras had absolutely ZERO view of the ...
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NFL Rule On Offensive lineman

Does the offensive lineman have to notify the referee in order to be an eligible receiver?
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Ring of honor, pride of the lions in NFL

I heard that Ray Lewis will be inducted in the Ring of honor. Do all NFL teams have their own version of this ring of honor? Besides special recognition, is there any other special rites as a member ...
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How does one get 5 points in a football game?

During today's Niners vs Seahawks game, the score by the end of the first half was 0-5. What I don't understand is how the Hawks came to get 5 points. My understanding of football is : 6 points for ...
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How come the NFL is not allowed to play on Friday/Saturday

There was some ruling back in the 1960s (or something like that) that barred the NFL from having games on the same days as College or High School games. I think it had to do with their anti-trust ...
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4-3 defensive end vs. a 3-4 defensive end

I recently asked a question about a 3-4 outside linebacker vs. a 4-3 outside linebacker so this is related. Is a 3-4 end more of a hybrid tackle/END? I think teams that use a 3-4 try to get their ...
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3-4 outside linebacker vs. a 4-3 outside linebacker

It looks like a 3-4 outside linebacker is more of a standup DE with some additional duties that include playing in space. This position appears to be more of a 'point of attack' style position. A 4-3 ...