Football Term Glossary

Glossary Entry: Voidable Year

The language of football is often confusing: play calls, alignments, techniques, and concepts litter the commentary and writing about the game. Inside the Pylon wants to aid in developing a deeper understanding of the game, so our glossary entries will offer clear explanations and video examples. We hope we can help you enrich your experience watching football. “Voidable years” are years of a contract…

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Glossary Entry: Route Stem

The route stem is the initial vertical segment of a receiver’s route, consisting of the part of a route before the receiver makes a cut. This terminology originates from the “route tree”, a grouping of different routes (traditionally numbered 1-9) that are taught as the basics of receiver route running. The route tree consists of…

Football Term Glossary

Glossary Entry: Ghost Motion

Football is littered with specialized terminology. From punt gunner to climbing the pocket, commentators rarely get to explain everything you need to know before the next play. Inside The Pylon’s glossary was developed to give fans a deeper understanding of the game through clear explanations, as well as image and video examples. Please contact us…

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Glossary Entry: Trail Technique

Trail technique is a man coverage technique primarily used by cornerbacks. When playing trail technique, the corner plays a step behind the receiver with his back to the line of scrimmage. This coverage technique gives the corner an advantage against intermediate routes like ins, outs, and curls, as it gives the defender more time to…

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Glossary Entry: Key and Diagnose

“Key and Diagnose” is one of the most vital abilities defensive players have. Depending on the position, there are certain “keys” that defenders must read to “diagnose” what the offense is doing, so they can react appropriately. Scouts use the term “key and diagnose” (K&D) when evaluating a defender’s ability to read his initial key…

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Glossary Entry: Vertical Board

NFL teams prepare two draft boards in preparation for the NFL draft, a horizontal board and a vertical board. The vertical board distills the scouting grade, need at the position, positional value, and any other relevant factors into one ranked list of the “best player available.” The first 11 players are gone? Take player 12.…

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Glossary Entry: Finishing

The term “finishing” gets thrown around a lot in football discussions, specifically regarding offensive line play, but it has become a bit obscure and hard to define. The aim here is to utilize examples from the game film of what “finishing” looks like from a few different perspectives to help show what it should look…

Football Term Glossary

Glossary Entry: Passing off Twist Games

Football is littered with specialized terminology. Fromshield punt formation to yankee concept, commentators rarely get to explain everything you need to know before the next play. Inside The Pylon’s glossary was developed to give fans a deeper understanding of the game through clear explanations, as well as image and video examples. Please contact us with…