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What is a Pulling Guard in Football? (Full Explanation)

ByCoach Martin|Football Basics

Offensive coaches are always looking for ways to keep defenses guessing and surprise them with new play calls and schemes.

One way that they do this is by calling misdirection plays that involve not just ball carriers and quarterbacks doing something different, but offensive linemen changing it up as well.

One of the most common misdirection plays that involve offensive linemen is when guards don’t block straight ahead, instead moving behind other offensive linemen to get to their assignment.

When this happens, they are called a pulling guard.

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What is a Zero Blitz in Football? (Full Explanation)

ByCoach Martin|Football Defense

Defenses in football are always looking for new and innovative ways to put pressure on the opposing offense.

They do this by instituting different types of defensive formations, coverages, and rushes to disrupt the offense’s blocking scheme and get to the ball carrier.

Sometimes, defensive coaches want to put extra pressure on the quarterback by rushing more defenders than they normally would.

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What is Face Masking in Football? (Full Penalty Explanation)

ByCoach Martin|Football Rules & Penalties

Football players wear a helmet with a face mask to protect their head, neck and face while playing this high-contact sport.

Players should treat helmets as protective equipment and shouldn’t use it to make a hit on another player or used in any other way.

Sometimes, though, players end up hitting, pushing or grabbing another player’s helmet and/or face mask.

When this happens, it can result in a penalty called by the referee.

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