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    Re: Article on Zone Coverages

    Good question, because other than missing playing time incentives, the player gets paid the same amount - and therefore doesn't really have much to complain about. Similarly, the salary still counts against the salary cap, so the team does not achieve any obvious competitive advantage. Once on IR the player is not supposed to be able to practice with the team, so that works against his skills appreciably improving in his year on IR. That drawback is the biggest detriment to red-shirting a player and stashing him away on IR for a season. The club and the player would be better off keeping him on the 53-man roster and just making him a game-day inactive every week.

    Teams have a great deal of leeway in regards to placing a player on injured reserve. The only criteria is that when the injury is significant enough to keep him out of one or more games, the team has the option of placing him on injured reserve.



    The new injured reserve with designation to return rule has a somewhat circular definition which allows for plenty of latitude in interpretation as well.: the amount of time the player has to sit out to comply with the rule is also the definition of that type of injury.

    NFL Players Association | Collective Bargaining Agreement | Article 20, Roster Exemptions

    A “major injury” is defined as an injury that renders the player unable to practice or play football for at least six weeks (42 calendar days) from the date of injury.

    Ironic that full-season IR is defined as the player needing to miss only a minimum of one game, whereas the short term IR is defined as the player needing to miss six weeks.
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    Where is the chat room? Is there one? I enjoyed meeting up with other fans during patriot games in there .

    Thanks



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    I'm shaky on WR terminology, such as the 9 basic routes or the X vs. Y vx. Z roles. Is there a good guide somewhere?
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    This is from National Football Post, a site which I consider to be of high quality and very under appreciated. Hope this helps.

    Inside the playbook: the NFL route tree | National Football Post

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    Where do routes break?

    Before we get into the actual routes, we need to know when the WR is going to break. And outside of the 3-step game (Slant, Flat), every route breaks at a depth of 12-15 yards. Why is that important? Double moves. If you are playing defensive back and see the WR stutter his feet at a depth of 8-yards, expect him to get vertical up the field—because there isn’t a route that breaks at 8-yards. However, remember one very important detail: if the WR doesn’t break his route between a depth of 12-15 yards, you better open your hips and run. Because he is running straight down the field.​


    Check out the link above for a brief description on each of the nine routes, as well as other names that they are known by.

    Note that the diagram above is based on a receiver that is lined up to the left of the ball. So for a receiver that is running a post route (i.e., towards the goal post) and is lined up on the right, he will run forward and then slant to the left.
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    That's amazingly helpful. Thanks!!

    Do you have something for X vs. Y vs. Z as well?
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    Back in the sixties when the term 'ends' was discarded to differentiate between tight ends and wide receivers (or flankers (Z) and split ends (X), as they were known at that time), the terms X, Y and Z were formed to make it easier with play calls. On a typical standard formation, it reads left to right which of the three receivers is what.
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    Keep in mind though that X,Y and Z do not have to be left-to-right. The X receiver is on the line of scrimmage, and split out wide from the offensive line. The Y receiver is also on the line of scrimmage, but not as wide; he could be flush to the OL (as a tight end), or go in motion and split out wide as well. The Z receiver is not on the line of scrimmage; an example would be the typical formation with a slot receiver.

    You have to have seven players on the line of scrimmage or else that is an illegal formation; normally that would be your five offensive linemen, a WR (X) and a TE (Y). Also, only those that are furthest out on either side of the line of scrimmage are eligible to receive a pass - so if the X and Y line up on the same side, then the Y is not eligible to catch a pass on that play.

    Since the X receiver is on the line of scrimmage, it will be more difficult for him to get off the line. The opposing CB will try to jam him, so he needs to be strong and quick enough to get off that jam, and enough speed to get down the sideline fast enough to get open before the QB is forced to unload the ball due to pressure from the pass rushers.

    The Z receiver, because he is off the line of scrimmage, can go in motion. That can give him a bit of a running start, but more importantly it can clear an area by having a defender trail him, and it can also make it clearer to the quarterback what the play call is for the opposing defense.

    Here is an example of a formation with the X lined up on the right rather than on the left:
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    Hope that helps.
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    They say that once a QB leaves the pocket, illegal contact downfield by defenders on receivers is then allowed. How much contact is allowed in that situation? Are defenders allowed to just tackle the receivers since the QB is out of the pocket? Conversely, are receivers allowed to just push off with impunity when the QB is out of the pocket?
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    For an offensive tackle, what is a "double-kick"? I assume that's some sort of footwork technique they use when pass protecting. What does it look like?

    For example:

    Sherrod is a left tackle candidate with excellent athletic ability. He makes pass blocking look easy and his double-kick to set for a wide speed rusher is effortless.

    South roster shows there's quality depth on the offensive line | NFL.com

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    There are two primary benefits to the Wide 9. One is it makes it difficult for offenses to run outside. But the real reason teams use it is it gives the defensive ends excellent angles to get to the quarterback.

    “It puts the fear of God into the offensive tackles if you have guys like Jason Babin, Jared Allen, Tamba Hali, Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Lawrence Jackson and Willie Young,” Cunningham told me. “All these guys were some of the top speed guys coming into the draft and when you align wide, the OTs have to double kick on pass protection to block the edge. The double kick went out a few years back and now everyone is straight line dropping in the pass, meaning the OTs are holding space to stop the three technique, so the DEs that are wide have a straight line to the 7 ½ yard spot for the QB’s five step drop.”


    NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei - Oct 14, 2012 | National Football Post
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    Thanks!

    So an X is a split end (in the old terminology), a Y is a tight end, and a Z is a flanker (in the old terminology.

    A slot receiver would presumably be a Z as well?
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    It gets a little murky with three or more receiver formations.

    Some people refer to the slot receiver as a Z as well.

    When teams use a third, fourth or fifth receiver in their formations they may be referred to by the letters F, H and W. So in a two-WR formation the slot receiver could be the Z, and in a three-WR formation that very same slot receiver could be the H. Because it's the same player and he's still a slot receiver, to avoid confusion many people still refer to him as a Z.

    Flanker, Flex, Split End, Slot | Football Outsiders

    First, the terms: a split end is a receiver on the line of scrimmage several yards from the five interior linemen. A flanker is aligned one or two yards off the line of scrimmage and split wide. A slot receiver is aligned between the main formation and another receiver. If he is inside the split end, he is off the line of scrimmage. If he is aligned inside the flanker, he is often (but not always) on the line. A receiver can also be "flexed," placing him on the line of scrimmage and four to six yards wide of the offensive tackle. This is usually a tight end's position, but in modern offenses wide receivers are often flexed. See the figure for some default positions.

    I use these terms when explaining playbook diagrams, but they are really out of date. The terms are holdovers from T-formation offenses, in which the flanker was often one of the backs who reached the flanker position via presnap motion. Modern offenses use letter names for receivers: X and Z for the starting receivers, Y for the tight end, letters like F, H, or W for third, fourth, or fifth wideouts. Different systems have different preferences. In one system, the X receiver is typically on the left, Z on the right.​

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    Football Outsiders is another great site for explanations and information about the game by the way.
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    Typically in the Erhardt-Perkins system the Patriots run the eligible receivers will always be X, Y, Z, F, and H.

    In the base formations these correspond with:
    X = split end
    Y = tight end
    Z = flanker
    F = fullback
    H = halfback

    The third wide receiver / second tight end in those personnel groups is usually the F.
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    Thanks! I'd been suspicious of the idea that there were just three cast-in-stone receiver roles.
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    In Mike Reiss' chat yesterday (link), somebody mentioned a 'W' receiver.


    What exactly is a 'W' receiver?
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    Watching the latest Hard Knocks ep...

    About halfway through the episode, the Falcons o-line is doing film review of the 1-on-1 pass rush drills that they did earlier that day. On one play, JJ Watt rushes Jake Matthews and head butts him right in the facemask.

    Are pass rushers allowed to use headbutts as part of their repertoire?
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    In a spread formation with four receivers and no tight end, some teams use the terms W, X, Y and Z to refer to the four receivers. In that case the X and Z are both lined up on the line of scrimmage, while the W and Y are off the line (as flankers or slot receivers).

    The formation might look something like this:

    X..........LT LG C RG RT ................ Z
    .... W .......................... Y ........
    ................. QB .......................
    .......................RB...................
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    I just saw this article linked in another thread, and thought it would be worth posting here. Given the recent discussion, some of the confusion may be coming about due to different offensive systems.

    This column talks about the three different offensive systems that are being used, the differences, terminology, illustrations of routes, and more. It's lengthy and may require being read more than once before it sinks in, but I thought it was a valuable resource worth sharing.

    Speak My Language << How terminolgy in the Erhardt-Perkins system helped maintain dominance for Tom Brady and the Patriots | Grantland

    And by the way, Grantland is another good site worth bookmarking for football fans, even if it is for the most part a pop culture web site.

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    Reading an article on patspulpit (link), it says that if the Pats line up in a 3-4, Siliga could play LDE while Easley could play RDE. Based on what we know about these two players, I'm assuming a Pats 3-4 LDE is expected to be a space eating 2-gapping run stuffer, while a Pats 3-4 RDE is expected to be a 1-gapping pass rusher. Is this correct? If so, why is that? What's the difference between lining up as a LDE or a RDE in a 3-4? Is the difference unique to the system Matt Patricia uses?

    I googled and found this article (basics of 3-4 defense) which is pretty cool, and it even breaks down a 3-4 front used by the Pats, but it doesn't address the difference in roles between a LDE and a RDE in the Pats 3-4 scheme.

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