This weeks football 101 is about assorted language you will hear when referring to the passing game. A pass is when the quarterback throws the ball instead of the two alternatives, handing it off or running with it himself.
Quarterback: This is the guy doing the passing. The quarterback will be directly behind the offensive line and takes the snap from the center. The quarterback for the San Diego Chargers is Philip Rivers.
Pass Interference: When a defensive player unfairly interferes with a receiver’s attempt to catch the football. There is also offensive pass interference, when a receiver unfairly interferes with a defender’s attempt to intercept a pass. This can be any kind of grabbing, pulling or tripping.
Interception: When a defensive player catches a ball that the quarterback threw to an offensive player. An interception gives the ball to the opposing team.
Lateral: Most commonly defined as when a ball carrier throws the ball to a teammate. A team is allowed one forward lateral (pass) per play, but there is no limit to the number of backward laterals allowed.
Hail Mary: A hail mary typically happens in the last few seconds of the game. When a team is behind the quarterback will throw a very long pass into the end zone in the hopes that someone on his team will catch it for a touchdown.
Look for Football 101 on Friday’s where I will help break down football for fun.