glossary

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…

Sack Lunch: DeMarcus Ware, Better Than Ever

In his Sack Lunch series, Jon Ledyard looks at a particularly impressive pass-rushing performance from the past weekend’s games, highlighting techniques, moves, or athletic traits that brought each player success. In this installment, Jon looks at the special traits of DeMarcus Ware, highlighting a sack against the Carolina Panthers. If you’ve read any of my previous work on…

Offensive Line Value: Finding The Blind Spot in Blindside Protection

For well over a decade, the NFL has placed more and more emphasis on the passing game. With this emphasis has come an increased importance on protecting quarterbacks, especially their blindsides. Dave Archibald discusses the offensive line value that can be found when teams veer from the accepted practice of investing disproportionately at left tackle. Michael Oher…