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What is a Tailback in Football? (Full Explanation)

By Coach Martin | Football Positions

A tailback is a position in football that can go by a lot of different names.

Sometimes, people refer to the position as the halfback.

Sometimes, it’s a wingback, and sometimes, it’s a running back.

While these names are often used interchangeably in football, a player who’s considered a tailback is a running back who will be carrying the football on handoffs more times than not.

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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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Football Positions Explained (Offense and Defense)

By Coach Martin | Football Basics

Unlike a lot of other sports, it’s rather difficult to understand all the various football positions on a team.

While there are only 11 players on each team on the field at any one time, there are three distinct “units” for each football team:

(1) The Offense, (2) The Defense, (3) Special Teams

This means that there are 33 different football positions — or slight variations of positions — throughout a game.

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