Football Term Glossary

ITP Glossary: Closing Speed

The speed with which the defender exhibits moving from Point A to Point B to decrease the distance between themselves and the ballcarrier is known as closing speed. Acceleration, foot speed, and the angle the defender takes to get to the ball all factor into whether a defender displays great closing speed or not. These…

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ITP Glossary: Punch / Drive Step

Route-running is about telling lies with your body language. In order for receivers to get open against elite defenders, they have to master the art of lying. Great defensive backs pride themselves on recognizing body language to tell them when a receiver is going to accelerate, decelerate, or make a break left or right. A…

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ITP Glossary: Pocket Mobility

The ability of a quarterback to use their feet, peripheral vision, and awareness of pressure to navigate the pocket to find or create throwing lanes is what is referred to as pocket mobility. If the quarterback feels pressure off the edge, he could climb the pocket to avoid the outside pressure. As the pocket may…

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ITP Glossary: Hank Concept

The Hank concept is a traditional piece of the West Coast offense that involves three routes to one side of the field. The three routes in order of the quarterback’s progressions are: a tight end sit, a curl route on the outside, and a flat route. This creates both a high-low read along the outside…

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ITP Glossary: Counter Trey

The counter trey is a running play that perfectly combines deception and physicality. The down blocks on the playside move downhill and hit hard, while a fake in the backfield freezes the defense enough to allow two pulling linemen to charge the playside to wipe out the defensive front for the runner. Nearly every team…

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ITP Glossary: Illegal Contact

Different than defensive holding or pass interference, the penalty constitutes contact initiated beyond five yards from the line of scrimmage while the quarterback (or any player who receives the snap) is still in the pocket. Per the NFL Rulebook, contact is legal within five yards of the line of scrimmage, as long as the it…

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ITP Glossary: Defensive Holding

Defensive holding is called when a defender grabs an offensive player, or their jersey, or when they wrap their arms around the offensive player before a pass is thrown. The penalty for defensive holding is five yards and an automatic first down for the offense. Holding is called when the defender obstructs the offensive player…

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ITP Glossary: Wham Block

A skill player executes a wham block when he runs behind the line of scrimmage to block an interior defender from the side. The interior rusher often initially believes he is unblocked and does not expect the wham. Surprise is key because the blocker is typically a tight end or H-back matched up against a…