Okay Rookies, I know learning football can be a bit trying, but that question sounds like it is just loaded with snark.
And I know from snark.
Well, last week you learned about your team. This week are the very rudimentary basics of the game. More in blogs to follow!
Here we go …
They’re supposed to be getting the ball to the goal. The goal is the whole end of the field! If they do it, they earn points. How they do it determines how many points they earn.
They’re supposed to be getting the ball at least ten yards within their four chances. Each of those chances is called a “down.” Hopefully they’ll move much further – like all the way to the end for a TOUCHDOWN – but if they get their ten yards they get four more downs.
Some commentators will say that teams who are just getting their ten yards over and over are
marching down the field
If they don’t think they can make their ten yards (and for other reasons we’ll get into later), they’re supposed to kick good field goals. Field goals are one of those ways to score. Only one guy on the team does it, and it’s one of his only jobs. So it’s like, Dude, you’d better not mess that up. No pressure. Just kidding. Total massive pressure. All the pressure.
They’re supposed to stop the other team from all the above. Once one team uses up all of their downs, it’s the other team’s turn to try to score. So, the first team takes on the job of stopping any passing, running, or field-marching. They certainly don’t want anyone to run into the end of the field (called the END ZONE). And, they’ll even try to block field goals if they can.
That’s what they’re supposed to be doing, Rookies! Did I miss anything vital, Experienced-ers? (You need a better name).
Hugs and Loves!