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What are the positions in football?

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2016-02-21 18:15:23
2016-02-21 18:15:23

Football Positions Offense

  • Quarterback,
  • Running back,
  • Fullback,
  • Wide Receiver,
  • Tight end,
  • Offensive Tackle,
  • Offensive Guard,
  • Center
  • Place kicker,
  • Holder,
  • Punter,
  • Long snapper
Defense
  • Defensive Tackle,
  • Defensive End,
  • Inside Linebacker,
  • Outside Linebacker,
  • Free Safety,
  • Strong Safety,
  • Corner back
Special Teams These players are just called special teams players, except the kicker. Here is a more in-depth description: On offense and defense, all the players have a job. In a typical offense, there are five players grouped together at the line of scrimmage. These players make up the offensive line. The middle player who snaps the ball to the quarterback is called the center. The two players immediately to the left and right of the center are called the left and right guards. The outside offensive linemen are called tackles. The offensive line's job is to block, or impede the movement of the defense, giving the quarterback time to scan the field an find an open receiver on pass plays and open holes in the defense for the runner on running plays. The player immediately behind the center is the quarterback, the leader of the offense, who throws the ball on passing plays and hands it off to the running backs on running plays. There are usually three receivers. The one that lines up on the end of the offensive line is called the tight end. The two split off to either side of the formation are called wide receivers. The one on the side with the tight end is called the flanker; the other is the split end. Their jobs are to block on running plays and catch the ball on passing plays. The two players behind the quarterback are the fullback and halfback. The fullback's jobs are to block for the halfback, who usually carries the football, catch passes, and occasionally run in situations when the offense needs only a few yards for a first down. The halfback is the main runner. On defense, there is a four man defensive line made up of defensive ends (the outside guys) and defensive tackles (the inside guys). Their job is to try to break through the offensive line and tackle the running back on running plays and sack (tackle) the quarterback on pass plays. The three players behind the defensive line are the linebackers who cover receivers running shorter pass routes and tackle runners who make it through the defensive line. The players on each side of the defensive formation are the cornerbacks, who cover the wide receivers. The two players behind the linebackers are called safeties, who tackle runners the linebackers miss and cover deep pass routes downfield. On special teams, there are kick returners who run the ball back toward the kicking team's end zone on kickoffs and punts. There are the blockers who try to open lanes for the returner, and kick coverage men who try to tackle the kick returner. There is the placekicker, who kicks the ball on kickoffs, field goals, and extra point attempts. Placekickers kick the ball off a tee on kickoffs. On field goals and extra points, they kick it while a teammate holds it. The punter kicks the ball while it falls towards his foot after he drops it. Wide Reciver, Tight End, Left Guard, right guard, center, left takle, right takle, Full back, half back, quarterback, on offense. And on defense, Conerback, middle linebacker, right outside linebacker, left outside linebacker, strong saftey, free saftey, defensive end, defensive tackle, AHEM! The positions can acutally vary by the coach of the team. A runningback is just a genral term for someone in the backfield, types of runningbacks can include tailbacks, halfbacks, fullbacks, and wingbacks. There are more specific types of positions then just linebackers, wide recievers, etc. The answers the others gave you weren't exactly wrong, but they didn't include that it can vary by coach, and there can be as many of the position playing as the coach likes. Offense:Quarterback, runningbacks (Can be halfbacks, tailbacks, wingbacks, fullbacks), wide recievers (Can be split ends, flankers, slot backs), tight ends, guards, tackles, a center. Defense:Safet(y)ies (Can be single safety, stong safety, free safety), cornerbacks, linebackers (right, left, middle, strong, weak), defensive ends (left, right, strong, weak), defensive tackle(s) (nose tackle, guard tackle).
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