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What is a Tight End in Football?

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Are tight ends still a big part of the game? In the midst of offensive trends of spreading the field and throwing the football at a high rate becoming the new norm in football, the answer now more than ever, is yes. As we uncover below, tight ends arguably present the biggest matchup problem on the field for opposing defenses. Tall, strong, nimble and coordinated are a few of the many terms that describe tight ends in today’s game of football. Elite athletes with many responsibilities in an offense, you’ll see just why their unique blend of size and athleticism...

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What is an Offensive Guard in Football?

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If you take one glance at an NFL defensive end, you’ll probably quickly pick up on why the offensive tackle spot is widely considered the most important spot on the offensive line. In the meantime, the guard spot falls under the radar, and out of the little spotlight that the offensive line has as it is. However, guards play an under-appreciated role in the architecture of every successful offense in today’s game of football. Combining the ability to take on mammoth defensive tackles, and pulling out on the edge for linebackers and defensive backs, the guard position is one that...

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What is an Offensive Tackle in Football?

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Offensive lineman are the steady force behind each successful offense. When things are going smoothly, the skill players will receive the glory, and an offensive lineman is just fine with that. On the flipside, the offensive line unit is quick to receive blame when things aren’t going so well for the offense. Their job is crucial, yet slow to be glorified by outsiders. Perhaps none more so than the offensive tackle, who is tasked with being on an island against an opposing team's best pass rusher all game. Positioned at the end of the offensive line, they possess no exterior...

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The Yankee Concept: The Complete Guide

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The Yankee concept is a pro-style concept that you’ll see a lot of NFL teams running on Sundays, but one that is applicable to offenses looking to spread teams out as well. Yankee is considered a “shot” play, as offenses are primarily looking for a way to get over the top of safeties in hopes of creating a big play. The post-dig combination stresses both safety and LB level players, as the QB looks to find downfield completions to two receivers staying on the move.  Overview & Purpose of the Concept The Yankee concept is often utilized by teams in...

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Coverage School: What is Cover 0 in Football?

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How do you bring a lot of pressure on the quarterback, while still making sure everyone is covered?  One way defenses can do this is by running what's called "Cover 0" (Or Cover Zero- depending on how you want to spell it). Many coverages can be identified by the number of high safeties that are helping underneath coverage. So for example, in Cover 1, there is 1 safety over the top. In Cover 2 there are 2 safeties. Cover 0, there are 0. In the case of cover 2, or 3 - those are zone coverages. Cover 0 falls in...

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