Quiz: How Well Do You Know Football Slang?
How Well Do You Know Football Slang?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

From “audibles" to “zebras,” American football is filled with lingo and slang used as creative shorthand for every aspect of the game. Some of these terms are pretty easy to figure out — others, like “onside” kick or “PAT” are totally incomprehensible to anyone who doesn’t follow the sport. Do you know your football slang?

Slang isn’t mean to purposely confuse bystanders. Football is a fast-paced game that needs quick explanations, so fans, announcers and players alike all rely on the same lingo to convey the on-field action. So “false starts,” “hot routes,” and “muffed” punts are a part of the game. Do you think you can identify these sometimes weird and wacky terms, like “long snapper” and “pump fake”?

Head coaches and players use their special lingo to plan and execute plays with precision. Sports newbies who listen to a huddle would be completely baffled by the terminology — “snap count” and “weak side” mean nothing to the uninitiated. 

Are you a green rookie with no real concept of the “tuck rule,” or are you a football savant who knows every important term the game has to offer? Take our football slang quiz now and find out if you’re worthy of a head coach position or if you should just stick with cleaning the showers after a big game.

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Which player often performs a "dropback"?
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A "chip shot" refers to which aspect of the game?
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When the defense sends extra players to try and sack the quarterback, it’s called a _____.
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What’s an unofficial term for the actual ball used in football?
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Which unit of a football team might perform the "run and shoot"?
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If the QB is tackled behind the line of scrimmage, he has taken a _____.
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What’s a slang term for the football field?
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If an offensive play falls apart, it is _____.
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Which player might "spike" the ball?
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How many defensive backs are there in a "nickel" defensive scheme?
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What’s a defining trait of a "no-huddle" offense?
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If a QB changes the play at the line of scrimmage, he is performing an _____.
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Aggressive, risk-taking QBs are often called ______.
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How do opposing teams "ice" a kicker before an important field goal attempt?
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An intentional short punt is called a ______ punt.
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Which players love the "coffin corner"?
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Which term refers to a dangerous type of tackle?
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In a "flea flicker," the QB hands off the ball to a RB ... and then what a happens?
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Your friend thinks he can call plays better than the head coach. He is _____.
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The "wildcat" is used by which unit of a football team?
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