Fooch emailed today and we started discussing the idea of creating a Football Glossary here on Niners Nation. Originally the idea was to have some individual posts defining some common scouting terms, scheme terms, etc. But we decided that while we want some individual posts to spark conversation, one consolidated glossary would be the eventual goal.
This will serve as the first installment of the NNFG series. Along with giving some definition of terms in this post, we want you to give us suggestions on what to include in future posts and in the glossary.
We can also debate the finer points of these terms and their definitions. Try to provide some background, links, references, etc. to prove any point/counterpoint you make.
After the jump I'll throw out a few things to get us started.
I'll start with some basic scouting terms.
Stiff/Tight Hips: Generally used when describing defensive backs, but applies elsewhere. Means the player doesn't turn his hips fluidly/easily, has a hard time going from backpedal to turning and running. Taylor Mays was knocked for this.
Click and Close: Another term mostly for DBs. The ability to recognize where a throw is going and change directions, closing on the intended receiver either before the ball arrives or in time to make a quick tackle. Requires "sticking foot in the ground", usually from a backpedal, and then running forward to the player. This is often used describing zone coverage techniques as players guard areas rather than sticking close to one specific player.
Anchor: Usually used to talk about defensive linemen. The ability to stay in one spot despite the opposition trying to block/move you out of the way. You want to be as though your feet are stuck to the ground but also maintaining your balance. Forces the ball elsewhere where your linebackers/secondary can make the play. Most often used in a 2-gap defensive line scheme.
2-gap/1-gap: As mentioned above, a 2-gap scheme requires the players to hold the point and make plays on either side of them. They will "stack and shed" offensive players and make the play as the runner attempts to go by them. 1-gap schemes ask the player to penetrate the line of scrimmage and look to disrupt the ball-carrier, either tackling him or forcing him elsewhere.
Stack and Shed: A defensive player will engage the offensive player, stacking him up, but is waiting for the ball-carrier to come his way, where he'll shed the blocker (get the blocker off of him) and make the tackle. Some players have a hard time disengaging blocks and will be swallowed up, taken out of the play.
That's it for today's post. More to come and stay-tuned for the glossary page with all of the consolidated info as we go!