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The Swinging Gate Football Play (Diagrams & Video)

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The swinging gate formation is one of the most unique plays in football, and an important part of special teams. But what is it? How does it work? And why do some teams like to use it? In this article we're going to be answering all of those questions. We'll also be using some answers from a great presentation by Coach John Grayson, which you can watch for free in its entirety below.   Watch the video, or scroll down to learn more about this exciting special teams play. What is the Swinging Gate Formation? The swinging gate formation is...

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What is Cover 3 in Football?

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Cover 3 is a zone defense with 4 underneath players, and 3 deep players. A defense like this allows you to distribute almost equal amount of players to the deep part of the field and the underneath coverage on the field. Cover 3 is extremely common at all levels of football, and it's one of the coverages that many championship-winning coaches, like Nick Saban and Pete Carroll, have built a large part of their playbooks around. In this article we'll be going in-depth on how the Cover 3 defense works, its strengths and weaknesses, and some other versions that a...

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The Complete Guide to Offensive Football Formations

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In this article we're going to explain not only the basic formations that you'll see from so many offenses in football, but also some wrinkles and gadgets, as well as some unusual formations that you might only see on a Friday Night from a high school team. Before we get started, it's important to remember one thing: The language of football doesn't always make sense. A lot of coaches use different words to describe the same thing, and so the names you're going to read about in this article are very generic, and not necessarily the name that a team...

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What is a Fullback in Football?

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In the rare instance you see a fullback score a touchdown in a football game, you’ll be sure to see the entire team celebrate even more than normal – knowing full well the sacrifice fullbacks make for the good of the offense on a weekly basis. Fullbacks in the modern game of football are a true extension of the offensive line, looking to do whatever it takes to help offense to move the ball, and doing the dirty work in order to make it happen. Fullbacks are hard not to love, often being guys who lack natural gifts such as...

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What is a Kicker in Football?

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With recent offensive innovation taking over football, teams are scrambling to find ways to put more points on the board on a weekly basis. Skill players are getting paid better than ever, with the eye-popping salaries of quarterbacks and wide receivers continuing to go up. The kicker falls on the opposite end of this spectrum. Often undrafted, paid minimally compared to their teammates, their main job is to assist the offense in reaching the goal of scoring more through extra-points and big time field goals at any point in the game. The job is cutthroat, and one that demands both...

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