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

By Coach 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)

By Coach 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 Pancake Block in Football? (Explained)

By Coach 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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The “Roughing the Passer” Penalty in Football (Explained)

By Coach Martin | Football Basics

Defensive players try to pressure the quarterback on passing plays to cause an errant pass, force a fumble, or get a sack.

They run at full speed in pursuit of quarterbacks, which often ends up in a high-impact collision.

Many of these collisions are completely legal, as contact is all part of the game of football.

However, there are instances in which defensive players break the rules of the game and commit what’s called a Roughing the Passer penalty.

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