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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…

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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…

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ITP Glossary: Drive Block

As legendary college offensive line coach Joe Moore often told his players, there’s no greater feeling than being able to move a man from Point A to Point B against his will. No block represents this more than a base block. The drive (base) block is a foundational pillar of offensive line play. A successful…

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ITP Glossary: Sinking the Hips

Sinking the hips is a commonly used scouting term to help describe the ability of players to lower their hips and center of gravity in order to execute their assignment. For a receiver, it allows them to decelerate quickly and to aid in generating distance between themselves and a defender when running routes that require…

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ITP Glossary: Fold Block

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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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…