Pitch – 1. an underhanded throw by the quarterback to the running back who is running out wide. 2. another term for throw, as in “pitch and catch”. 3. a non-American term for the field.
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Pocket – The area where the quarterback stands during a play while looking to throw the ball downfield and where his linemen are protecting him. If the offensive linemen don’t properly block, then the pocket will “collapse”.
Pooch kick – An intentionally short punt not to be confused with the every week work of Ken Walter. Punters will “pooch” their kick when the offense is too far to attempt a field goal, but too close where a normal full punt would go into the end zone. Similar to a coffin corner punt, but the ball will remain in bounds to either be covered by the kicking team or received as a fair catch by the returning team.
Post pattern – The course that a wide receiver runs where he starts running straight downfield and then turns and runs diagonally toward the goal posts.
Prevent defense – A defensive formation where the team on defense is simply trying to prevent giving up a long, quick play for a touchdown and keep the clock running by leaving defenders deep and along the sidelines to keep the ball carrier in bounds. Offenses can gain yardage up the middle of the field, but that will come at the cost of time off the clock.
Pro Bowl – Year-end football game played by the year’s best NFL players that closely resembles a high school powder puff game. (more…)