Meet The Quarterback (QB)
The Offensive Backfield
Role In Scrimmage Downs
Once the quarterback has ball he can do one of three things with it:
- Pass the ball.
- Hand the ball off to a running back .
- Run with the ball himself for a quarterback sneak
On a passing play, the quarterback will scan the field for an eligible receiver that is open. He will then attempt a forward-pass. If the pass is caught, it is considered a completion. If the pass is dropped or thrown out-of-bounds it is an incompletion.
Learn more about how passing works in football here.
The quarterback stands in an enclosed area called the pocket shielded by players on the offensive line. The pocket is designed to give the quarterback enough time to scan the field to find a receiver to throw a pass to.
Learn more about how running the ball works in football here.
A quarterback sneak is a play where the quarterback runs with the ball himself on the field. Sometimes, a quarterback sneak is planned, other times it is out of desperation (i.e. no receivers are open for a pass).