How do you draw a football play?
How are NFL plays called?
An NFL play call is often called formation, play type, offensive line protection scheme, and cadence. Each coach may have their own system of verbiage, but NFL play calls will have these 4 details in the play. We're going to dive into all the different types of systems and terminology from professional coaches!
How do you call offensive football plays?
Corner (7): The corner route (or old school “flag route”) is a deep, outside breaking cut run up the field at a 45-degree angle toward the sideline. Receivers aligned outside of the numbers will have to take a hard, inside release to run the 7 (create room), and we often see it out of a slot alignment.
Adding a color and numbering system to your cadence can help with flexibility in both play-calling and keeping the defense on edge. Make sure the quarterback is loud and consistent with the cadence. This will help your offense when you eventually want the defense to jump offsides.
In modern American football, the quarterback is usually considered the leader of the offense, and is often responsible for calling the play in the huddle. The quarterback also touches the ball on almost every offensive play, and is the offensive player that almost always throws forward passes.
In the NFL, a player is in radio contact with the sidelines for a defined interval before each play. The team can send a substitute player onto the field who knows the play the coaches want to run. Personnel on the sidelines can call plays using hand signals or pictures.
When watching NFL games, it's common to hear the quarterback say White 80 before the ball is snapped. This can often be mistaken by viewers as “180”. Quarterbacks yell white 80 as a cadence to tell the center when to snap the football. When he says white 80, it lets the offense know he is ready to start the play.
According to Zimmer, a quarterback yelling hut or variations like hut 1, hut 2, hut 3 is taking a cue from military cadence. In the service, hut often replaces a syllable in a word to make it sharper and more distinctive. Think of a drill sergeant yelling “atten-hut!” (“attention!”) at cadets.