Offensive Football Positions
In the game of football, there are eleven offensive football positions on the field. The offense is responsible for running creative, unpredictable plays that move the ball downfield and ultimately score points.
- Center The center is the anchor in the offensive line and is responsible with getting the ball to the quarterback cleanly and quickly. The center calls out blocking assignments to the rest of the offensive linemen and is one of the most important offensive football positions.
- Quarterback The quarterback is the leader of the offense and calls plays in the huddle and audibles at the line of scrimmage. The quarterback runs the offense and is the most important of offensive football positions.
- Tight end The tight end has to be one of the most versatile of all offensive football positions. He has to block big defensive linemen and linebackers on running plays and goes out for passes at times. The tight end must be fast and strong.
- Wide receiver The wide receiver is the most swift and agile of all offensive football positions. He “stretches the defense” by running routes downfield and catching passes from the quarterback. The tight end also blocks downfield on running plays.
- Running back The running back is the worker on the team and has to be one of the most durable players. He carries the ball, sometimes over 30 times a game, into the line, looking for holes and openings in the defense. He also blocks for the quarterback and goes out on passes. The running back takes a ton of punishment.
- Guard The two guards play on either side of the center and beef up the center of the line. They often pull and block down the line, leading the running back on plays around the line.
- Tackle The tackles play at the end of the offensive line and are mostly charged with keeping pass-rushing defensive ends and linebackers away from the quarterback. At over 300 pounds and with quick feet, they are some of the most athletic of all offensive football positions.
Posted on: Sep. 09, 2010