With the off-season doldrums at their peak, it’s a good time to review the vocabulary that’s fundamental to understanding how football plays work.
Coaches need special lingo to save time. Short forms of terminology not only mean less talking on the coach’s part, but when the lingo is understood by the player, all sorts of symbolic associations are made that can load even more information into a simple word or phrase. The most basic example of this in football is how the spaces between offensive players are named.
For all that’s changed in football, line of scrimmage and receiver eligibility rules are pretty constant (and when they are challenged, such as by the A-11 offense, the rules catch-up and supersede any rebellious innovations.) This means that for decades, the concept of an offensive line has been as much a staple of football as blocking and tackling. Because it’s been around so long, the terminology for defining the space occupied by the linemen—the “tackle box”—is nearly as old…
SLF has moved! Check out the full post at http://www.secondlevelfootball.com/2012/07/08/line-lingo-part-1-know-your-holes-and-gaps/