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    Default American Football - I wanna understand the game

    I just finished watching "Remember The Titans" (Is the movie accurate to anyone who has seen it?) and I'm curious to find out more about it. How is the game played? What r the rules? that sort of stuff. I'd luv it if anyone could help me understand.
    On note, I'm an Aussie.

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    Kinda complicated I guess...

    As summarized as possible I guess it's like...

    Two teams, a coin flip decides who's offense and defense first. The defensive team kicks the ball to the offensive team at the other end of the field who then attempt to run the ball to the defensive teams "endzone". When the player who has the ball is tackled it counts as one down. Offense then snaps the ball to the quarterback who throws it to receivers down the field who try and catch the ball while being blocked by the defensive players. If offense catches the ball past a certain point their downs get reset and it's back to a first down. After 4 downs from the offensive team, if a touchdown is not made, the offense gives up the ball to the defense and they become the offense. If there is a touchdown (the ball is run into, or caught in the other team's endzone) then they score 6 points. An extra point for kicking a field goal is awarded if they make the field goal. It's late and I'm tired and you're prolly more confused than before and I've probably missed major points of the game of football but that's kind of how it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tenzo_groupie View Post
    I just finished watching "Remember The Titans"
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    Bunch of guys in tights get together and create two teams. They all fight over a ball and take it to the other side by man handling each other. If one guy takes it to the other side, the team gets 6 points and then the team can do a kick into the field goal to get one extra point.

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    Well here I'll talk a little bit about what really makes American football different from the other major sports.

    The key difference in my opinion is that there is actually a lot of thinking and tactics in American football.

    The players on the field aren't just arranged randomly or where they think they should be.

    On both the defensive and offence they are in a certain formation based on what the coaches have decided is best based on the current situation and what they think the other team will do.

    Additionally both sides will have a play in mind, each player on both sides has stuff they're supposed to do at certain times. Sometimes this can be fairly elaborate, and often plays on deception.

    Anyway for discusion here's the basic positions.


    And since it comes up here are the "gaps" refering to the spaces between defenders


    An example of a play would be, um, a Trap. Here a member of the defensive line is made to think that they're weakly blocked or unblocked and thus able to get at the quarterback (who starts off with the ball). But in reality someone from the other side of the offensive line has abandond their position and is coming around to nail the free defensive player. This should create an opening through which the ball carrier can run.

    This is a specific trap play. There are many variations.

    Obviously in such a situation if the defense "reads" the play correctly or suspected it was coming they'll be able to shut it down.


    There are tons of different plays.

    A result of this is that people who understand the game will often be discussing all these things during the game and may be yelling at the TV for the people on the defense to realize the play they think the offense is about to run. Or arguing amongst themselves on what play the coach or quarterback should have called.



    The next difference is that a lot of diffirent builds are present for the different jobs. The heaviest guy may litterally weigh in at twice the weight of the lightest guy. In many sports there is a dominant build type and everybody kinda looks like that.


    Next is a comment on the impacts. Rugby is a rough sport too. However it's important to note that a wide array of methods to tackle someone are banned, additionally it's unlikely that someone will get blindsided by multiple people at the same time and such. In short they need those pads. Also football players are trained for high intensity activity for short periods. In most other sports endurance is much more important. Meaning a football player of the same weight and size as a soccar player will tend to hit harder.
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    so they have 'teams' for attack and defense?. is the quaterback like a play maker?

    It certainly is different from Rugby League, it's big where I'm from.
    sounds like a interesting game. id love hear more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tenzo_groupie View Post
    so they have 'teams' for attack and defense?. is the quaterback like a play maker?

    It certainly is different from Rugby League, it's big where I'm from.
    sounds like a interesting game. id love hear more.
    They have different teams for offence, defence, and they also have "special" teams for things like kick offs. It's all about getting the right guys on the field to do the jobs that need doing. Also they need rest. Like I said, football players train to do incredible things for short periods of time. Some people may be on different teams though being on both offence and defence is rare at the highest levels of play.


    The quarterback is the "star" of the offence if you will. Unless a coach calls a play the quarterback is responsible for it. And while the center starts with the ball, the first thing they do is hand it to the quarterback. So they get the ball every play, and their skill at passing is absolutely critical to the game.

    On the note of coaches there are a whole slew of them off field keeping tabs on the different groups of players, always watching and trying to adapt to the other team.

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    Has there been any occasions where the ball is not handed to quaterback or does the play of the ball always 'begin' with them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tenzo_groupie View Post
    Has there been any occasions where the ball is not handed to quaterback or does the play of the ball always 'begin' with them?
    Always QB, unless it's a punt.

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    Since TenHD has been playing the games on Monday and Tuesday mornings, I've been watching them. I love the strategic elements but frown at the "protection". Seriously it only makes for more injuries as we can run harder at each other.

    The other thing TenHD has been airing is the highlights of the Nationwide and Sprint series of Nascar. It's been great.

    I'm liking my extra sport injection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MomijiTMO View Post
    Since TenHD has been playing the games on Monday and Tuesday mornings, I've been watching them. I love the strategic elements but frown at the "protection". Seriously it only makes for more injuries as we can run harder at each other.
    TenHD in QLD is showing games Lucky.
    I'm from NSW, and all we get on TenHD is scenery from around our state.

    Anyway, back to reason why i started this thread. when a 'touch down' whatever is it, is scored, how do they start play again?

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