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Classification & Division

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Scott Sommer ENGL 015 Classification & Division 2/21/07 The purpose of the offense on a football team is to advance a brown leather ball downfield to cross a line that awards points. The team uses two basic methods towards doing so: through the air and on the ground. While this concept is extremely primitive, the sport and the logistics of the offense alike have evolved exponentially over the years. Each position on the offense needs to perform together like a well-oiled machine, and every position requires a certain type of athlete. The positions and people that make the offense run are as follows: The Wide Receiver This is probably the easiest position on the offense, because just about any football player besides an offensive lineman can play it. A typical offense will have three wide receivers in three set locations on each play, but can have as many as five lined up at a time. The team’s most effective receivers are usually placed on opposite sidelines from one another, creating a lot of space down the field for their routes to develop. The third receiver is known as the “slot” receiver, and he is placed in between the offensive line and either one of the other receivers. Typically a receiver is tall and extremely fast with great vision and terrific hands. However, in the modern age of football there has been an influx in smaller sized receivers due to athletes buying into the strategic aspects of football. The key to being a successful receiver is to run very precise routes; coaches compile each route very specifically for a reason. When receivers execute the plays well, the ball tends to be advanced down the field very quickly. More importantly, if routes are 1
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Scott Sommer ENGL 015 Classification & Division 2/21/07 run to perfection, just about anyone with above average hand eye coordination can play the position. The Tight End There really isn’t that much to say about this position. The tight end used to be a known as a glorified offensive lineman, because their primary objective was to act as an extra blocker. However, they are also allowed to run downfield and catch the ball, something an offensive lineman is not allowed to do. In recent years the tight end has become increasingly important, because there are all of a sudden more 6’6” athletes that are as lithe as most wide receivers. The tight end is especially important in the “red zone,” which is inside the opposition’s twenty yard line. In this area there is very little space to work with, but the tight ends are still a huge target. Using their long arms, tight ends can create their own space and utilize it to their team’s advantage, resulting in scoring a lot of touchdowns.
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