Nomenclature - P

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TermDefinition
PackageA group of players, formation, or plays that work together in some way
Packaged playA play that contains two separate but compatible plays, either of which that can be run based on pre- or post-snap reads
Pass Pass OptionA pass play that packages two pass options, one immediate, before rolling out to the opposite side for the other concept
Pass ProtectionThe type of blocking scheme responsible for protecting the QB by preventing pass rusher to get into the pocket
Pass RushThe defenders responsible for attempting to get to the QB on an offensive pass play
Passing TreeA diagram that numbers specific routes
PATAbbreviation for Point After Touchdown, the kick that is performed immediately after a touchdown is scored
PeelA coverage technique in which a edge pass rusher (LB or DE) releases into coverage if a back releases out on his side of the field. Sometimes known as "King"
Peelback BlockA block by a player downfield coming back toward the ball and making a block
PenetrationMovement by a defender to get into the offensive backfield
PerimeterThe area of the field typically outside the numbers on the field.
PersonnelThe group of players on the field
PigskinThe football. Because it was made from leather
PinchA DL stunt in which the DL move one gap inside post-snap
Pistol formationAn offensive formation in which the QB is aligned further behind the center when he receives the snap, but not as deep as a shotgun formation. Typically the QB aligns a 3-5 yards
PitchAn underhanded throw from the QB to another offensive player
Pitch RelationThe relationship (distance and direction) of a pitch player from the current ball carrier on an option play
Play ActionA pass play in which the QB first fakes a handoff to the RB in order to mimic a run play.
Play ClockThe clock that indicates the amount of time until the ball must be snapped again
PlaysideThe side of the center in which the ball is going
PocketThe area where the QB stands during a pass play, generally formed by the offensive blockers around the QB to provide enough room for the QB to read and then deliver a pass without being disturbed
Point of AttackThe location where the offense plans to go with the ball (POA)
Pooch KickAn intentionally short kick in order to not kick the ball to the deep returner on a kickoff, or a short punt in order to pin the ball before the ball reaches the end zone for a touchback
PossessionThe term signifying which team has the ball
Post PatternA route in which the receiver initially runs vertical before breaking diagonally toward the goal post
Post-Corner RouteA route which initially goes vertical, breaks momentarily to the post, before going back to the corner
PowerA play type in which a player kicks out the defensive EMOL and a pulling blocker from the opposite side of the formation accounts for a playside LB
Power I FormationAn I formation in which a third RB is aligned next to the FB
Press CoverageCoverage which minimizes the distance between the CB and WR at the snap. Not necessarily the same as a jam
Prevent defenseA defensive concept that prevents the offense from getting behind the coverage in order to stop the offense from gaining yards quickly
Prime BlockerA blocker the ball carrier keys to determine his running line. "First read"
ProShort for protection
Pro formationA offensive formation in which the RB and FB are aligned even with one another in terms of depth, with the QB splitting between them. Also known as split backs
Pro personnelTraditionally 21 or 12 personnel
PullMovement of a lineman in which he moves beneath the offensive line and into another gap away from his initial alignment
Pump FakeWhen a QB mimics a passing motion to affect the defense
PursuitThe act of the defense following to the ball even when initially away from the football
PylonThe typically orange marker that indicates the four corners of the end zone

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