What is the Roughing the Kicker Rule in Football? (Explained)

ByCoach Martin|Football Basics

Football leagues have rules that protect players who find themselves in vulnerable positions.

Whether this be receivers waiting for a pass, kick returners waiting for the ball, or punters in the act of kicking, there are different rules that are set to reduce the chances of injuries in the game.

The Roughing the Kicker is one of those rules meant to protect both place kickers and punters while in the act of kicking.

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What is the “3 Technique” in Football? (Explained)

ByCoach Martin|Football Basics

To simplify the game on defense, coaches came up with a number mechanism to describe the various pre-snap alignments on the line of scrimmage.

A different number is assigned (in ascending order) from heads-up on the center on down the line of scrimmage.

Teams call each of these numbers “techniques.”

These techniques not only describe pre-snap alignment, they have also come to signify the type of player you are talking about.

One of these examples is a 3 Technique.

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What is the “5 Technique” in Football? (Explained)

ByCoach Martin|Football Basics

A 5 Technique who lines up on the strong side may be a little bigger and a little stronger to take on those extra blocks and extra contact, while the weakside may be a little smaller, a little quicker, and be the pass-rushing specialist.

Either way, all of them will be strong, agile, fast, and quick players who love to run their high motors and cause disruption along the line of scrimmage and in the backfield.

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What is a Bootleg Play in Football? (Explained)

ByCoach Martin|Football Plays

To be successful, offenses have to incorporate misdirection plays to keep defenses off balance.

If teams only called straight running plays up the middle and short passing plays, the defense would catch on and key in on the play before they even happened.

That’s why offensive coaches come up with plays that make the defense think a play is going one way — when in fact it’s doing the exact opposite.

One of the most common misdirection plays offenses run is the bootleg play.

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What is a Pancake Block in Football? (Explained)

ByCoach Martin|Football Basics

Every offensive lineman dreams of executing pancake blocks.

It’s the outcome coaches hope for in every block by every offensive lineman on every running play.

While there is no official statistic for pancake blocks in football, it’s one of the most celebrated plays by offensive line coaches and offensive line groups.

It’s a great individual accomplishment and something definitely worth celebrating.

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