Questions tagged [american-football]

Questions about the sport of American football. This should not be confused with the [football] tag, which only applies to the sport called "soccer" in most of North America.

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When a QB slides, is it considered a dead ball?

I was watching the Niners-Lions game last week and saw something that has me a little confused. I was under the impression that when a quarterback slides in the NFL, the play is considered dead when ...
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Why is no second football game televised (possibly just in NY)?

Something confuses the heck out of me in regards to TV broadcasting of (American) Football. I used to live in Seattle. On Sunday, there were the early games, and the later games. One was selected ...
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What is the purpose of the eligible reciever rules?

I do not know a lot about American Football, but I enjoy watching games from time to time. The other day I saw a penalty given for a player catching a pass but being an ineligible receiver. I had not ...
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Why is NFL season significantly shorter compared to most other sports?

I am not sure but if I remember correctly the NFL teams play 15-16 games during regular season and a couple more in the play-offs if they can make it the whole way. Why such a short season, in ...
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NFL 6th (consecutive) year captain patch

Since 2007, many NFL teams incorporated a "C" patch for team captains, and the number of gold stars filled in represents the number of consecutive years a player has been captain for his team(1). If ...
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How does the interference call work in american football?

I try to follow american football as much as I can, but having lived my whole life in Europe it's not something you get exposed to alot. So I had to decipher the game by myself. One particular rule ...
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When a quarterback sees a reciever/cornerback mismatch, what is the correct throw? [closed]

I was arguing this with my friend. He claims that if a quarterback sees that his receiver is much faster, he should throw a quick pass and let the receiver juke his way past the cornerback. My ...
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What kind of impact does a full season suspension of a major player have on an NFL team?

Recently Jonathan Vilma was sidelined by the NFL for the entire 2012 season. Vilma is an impact player on the Saints' defense. What measurable impact does a full season suspension (or injury, like ...
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What are the rules for NFL restricted free agents that have a first round tender?

For teams with multiple first round draft picks, what are the rules defining which first round draft pick that a team would need to give up if it signs a restricted free agent (RFA) that have the ...
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What is the actual waiver wire?

Saw a tweet from Adam Shefter, an ESPN NFL Insider, regarding Peyton Manning being released: Still no NFL waiver wire, so any team reaching out to Peyton Manning now would be violating the rules. ...
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What type of individual player incentives are allowed in the NFL?

Recently, ESPN (and others) reported that the New Orleans Saints had instituted a "bounty" program. This program awarded players for inflicting game-ending injuries against the opposing teams and ...
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Finding the odds of games in the past [closed]

I'm interested in finding the odds (aka spread or latest line) of NFL games that were played in the past, as far back as the 1960's. In general, the odds that were printed in newspapers. Where can I ...
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How can a 3rd college quarterback be found if two are injured?

As colleges can't sign a new player like an NFL team can, what do they do if two or three of their starting QBs go down? Is there a rule that lets them get new players or do they have to play their ...
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Why is American football called football?

Why is American football called "football" even though the players play with their hands more than their feet? It seems to be very similar to rugby, and doesn't have the name "American Rugby". What ...
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What is the job of the Assistant Coach in the NFL?

I understand what the job of a Head Coach is, but what does the Assistant Head Coach actually do during games/in the office?
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What is the role of the Captain on the (american) football field?

After reading this post about soccer or football (for europeans), What is the on-field role of the captain? i was curious about this issue in american football. What is the role of the football ...
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“53 has the Mic” means what in American Football?

I frequently hear quarterbacks say something like "53 has the mic" when pointing out the defensive formation. Usually the player number that he points out is a linebacker. I believe the defensive ...
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Football equipment that can reduce risk of concussions

Concussions are becoming a major long-term health concern for participants in American football, particularly among youth and high school leagues, where equipment might not be as up to date as those ...
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What makes a formation illegal?

Sometimes the referee will flag a team for having an "illegal formation". What are the restrictions on how a team is allowed to line up?
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When is an offensive lineman allowed to move?

I've noticed that sometimes an offensive lineman will seem to get down in his stance but then stand back up to listen to the Quarterbacks' audible. But when he is in his stance and merely twitches ...
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Why is the player in the middle of I-formation called the fullback?

From the names of the positions, I would assume that in an I-formation the order (from front to back) would be quarterback, halfback, then fullback. This Image of the I-Form shows the fullback in ...
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What are the disadvantages of the wide nine defensive scheme?

Correct me if i'm wrong I've read a little about a wide-nine defensive scheme. Trying to get an understanding of this. From my understanding, a wide nine defensive philosophy depends on defensive ...
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Number of gap techniques in American Football

While reading this thread and this one I had trouble following the football terminology of the different "techniques" for defensive line men. What does it mean to have a 1 / 2 / 3 / 5 gap technique ...
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Why do the balls used in rugby and American football have a similar shape?

Is there any reason for the fact that rugby and American football share this (quite unusual) ball shape?   Do they have common roots? Does the American football ball come from the rugby one (...
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Why isn't spiking the football intentional grounding?

I understand that spiking the football is a time management technique in American football, but I don't understand why there is no penalty (e.g. intentional grounding) associated with it?
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Difference between three technique and five technique defensive linemen

During the predraft period, many scouting reports will mention that a defensive end can play a "three technique" or is better suited for a "five technique" role. Being unsure of what that meant, I did ...
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Is it true that a line backer is the quarterback for the defense?

I've often heard that the linebacker is the quarterback for the defense. Thus, is it really true that a linebacker's role is sometimes to produce calls to change the defensive's game plan or an ...
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Does icing a fieldgoal kicker actually work?

It's a common strategy in most levels of football to call a time out shortly before the ball is snapped prior to a field goal. This is called icing the kicker (as it makes the kicker wait through the ...
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How is the BCS rank determined?

How are BCS ranks in NCAA football determined? Is it determined by popular vote and record? What factors affect a ranking?
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Difference between one gap and two gap techniques for defensive linemen

While watching American football, I frequently hear about "one gap" or "two gap" techniques when referring to defensive linemen. I found this terminology to be a bit unclear, so I looked for an ...
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Why would you ever allow an opponent to score?

Watching Super Bowl XLVI, I noticed near the end of the game the New England Patriots allowed the New York Giants to score a touchdown uncontested. At this point in the game, the Patriots were ...
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What seat is the best overall seat in an American football stadium? [closed]

Sitting front row at the 50 yard line gives a spectator an intense (and expensive) view of a small focal point of an American football field. Sitting higher up gives a spectator a better overall ...
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As a defensive lineman, can I intentionally encroach to stop the clock?

If a defense is facing a tough situation with no timeouts left, it is difficult to stop the clock. Your options are very limited - you hope the offense passes and you can bat it down, or you hope you ...