How Women Can Learn to "Talk" Football
QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 1
July 8, 2011 7:12 PM
By learning football you will be tuned in to the "hottest professional sport" which will make you super "cool."


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 2
July 13, 2011 5:15 PM
In order to talk football you need to know as much as you can about the quarterback and the ball used in football. This episode nails it!


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 3
July 13, 2011 5:45 PM
Learning football terms is a must. This episode introduces you to these terms:

Offense: The team that has the ball and is trying to score (11 players on offense)

Defense: The team that is trying to stop the offense from scoring (11 players on defense)

Total football players permitted on the field during a play: 22 players

Interception: When the quarterback who has the ball throws a pass that is caught by a player on the other team—the defensive team—this is called an interception.

Loss of possession: When a quarterback throws an interception he loses possession of the ball and he and the rest of the offense are replaced by that same team’s defensive players.

Change of Possession: After an interception the ball goes over to the other team. The team that intercepted will now have a chance to put their Quarterback and the rest of their offense on the field.


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 4
July 26, 2011 3:48 PM
Just a few Football Terms to learn but very important ones that you need to know:

Quarterbacks (QB's) Win by running, passing, and handing off to other offensive players to run the ball

• So what does the football field look like?

• The playing field is 100 YARDS Long

• There are white stripes running across the field at 5 yard intervals

• Each end of the field is called the End Zone

• On the very back line of each end zone is a Goal Post

• The Goal Post is 10 feet high and 23 feet 4 inches wide

• The football field is measured in Yards

• The QB gets 4 tries called Downs to make a 1st Down

• In order to make a first down the QB and his teammates need to move the ball 10 yards

• If the QB fails to move the ball 10 yards after 4 tries the other team gets the ball


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 5
July 27, 2011 4:05 PM
A Few More Football Terms and explanations To help you Talk the Talk

1ST Down: The quarterback and his offense have 4 tries to move the ball 10 Yards.They start with the first down and each try where they do not make at least 10 Yards the Down changes

2nd Down: If the QB and his offense did not move the ball 10 yards on their first try this is their second try to do so

3rd Down: If the QB and his offense don’t advance the ball a total of 10 yards or more on the third try they get one more try to do so. But if the QB thinks they won’t make the 10 Yards on the next try, he instructs the punter to kick the ball and then the other team’s offense takes over

4th Down: The QB can go for the 1st Down by gaining enough yards to total 10Yards since the first try (on 1st Down) or he can elect to have the punter punt the ball to the other team rather than risk not making a 1st Down

Receiver: An offensive player permitted to catch a QB’s forward pass

Forward Pass: The QB has 3 types of eligible receivers to catch a forward pass: wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs

Interception: When the QB throws a forward pass and the other team’s (defensive players) catch the ball instead. When an interception occurs the ball immediately goes to the other team’s offense…not a good result for the QB.

Supporting Players that help the QB rack up points:

1. Wide Receiver: can catch the QB’s forward pass
2. Tight Ends: can catch the QB’s forward pass
3. Running Back: can catch the QB’s forward pass or take the hand off of the ball from the QB to him so that he can run with it


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 6
July 27, 2011 4:10 PM
Three Disasters for a Quarterback to Avoid and You Should Keep Track of Every Game:

1. A Fumble: This occurs when the ball comes out of the QB’s hands and one of two things can happen; he or one of his offensive teammates recovers it and his offense keeps the ball or a defensive player recovers the ball and his team has now lost possession of the ball and he and his offense are required to leave the field and sit on the bench. (all 11 players ) The other team’s offense then takes the field and the first QB’s defensive players also go on the field. This is called a Change of Possession where the offensive team and defensive team who were on the field before the fumble now switch places because the QB fumbled the ball and the other team recovered it.

2. A Sack: When a defensive player reaches the QB and tackles him or prevents him from moving. This can cause the following; the QB might fumble because he was hit, or he can get hurt because the defensive player tackled him to the ground. The QB must try to avoid a sack at all times.

3. An Interception: The QB throws a forward pass and a defensive player catches it not one of the offensive team’s eligible players. When this happens his team loses possession of the ball which results in a change of possession—the other team takes over and the QB from the opposing team takes the field. This is a disastrous result.

By keeping track of your QB’s Fumbles, Sacks, and Interceptions, you will be able to talk QB Talk right away….so start today.


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 7
August 5, 2011 9:15 AM
A Few More Football Terms and explanations to help you Talk the Talk

• Pass Completion: A pass thrown by the QB that is caught by a player on the offense

• Hand off: When the QB hands the ball off to another player on the offense—usually the running back

• Center: the player on the offense that snaps the ball to the QB to start a new play

• Passing out of the Pocket: When the QB moves 3-5 steps back from the center to throw a pass after the center has snapped the ball to him

• Shotgun Formation: Offensive team lines up at start of the play and QB receives the snap 5-8 yards behind the center. (15-24 feet back)


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 8
August 11, 2011 12:15 PM
A Few More Football Terms and explanations to help you Talk the Talk

• Touchdown: = 6 Points. When the QB or one of his offensive players has the ball in his hands and any part of the football crosses the opponent’s goal line that’s a touchdown

• Point After: = 1 point. The offense automatically gets a chance to try to score a point after by having the kicker kick the ball over the horizontal bar between the 2 goal posts, (the crossbar). If the ball goes over the crossbar the team earns one point

• 2 Point Try: = 2 points. The offensive team can decide to go for 2 points instead of 1 point by having the QB pass the ball, or run the ball, or hand off the ball to another player to run the ball and try to cross the goal line again. The 2 point play is much riskier than the 1 point play so it depends on the time left in the game and the current score of each team whether to try it

• Field Goal: = 3 points. The kicker kicks the ball and tries to get it over the crossbar. Kicking a field goal is usually a longer distance for the kicker to reach the crossbar so scoring a field goal is not automatic

• Safety: = 2 points for the opposing team that is playing on defense when this play occurs. When the QB is tackled behind his own goal line the other team earns 2 points


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 9
August 11, 2011 12:15 PM
The Quarterback’s Tricks of the Trade

• Bootleg: The QB pretends to hand off the ball to another player but instead he keeps the ball moves in the opposite direction of the fake hand off and either runs with the ball or passes it

• QB Scramble: The QB runs out of the pocket to avoid being sacked hoping to buy time for one of his receivers to get open so the QB can throw the ball to the open player

• QB Sneak: Upon receiving the snap from the center the QB immediately lunges forward with the football. The quarterback sneak is used when the team only needs short yardage(sometimes a few inches) to gain a 1st down or score a touchdown by reaching the goal line

• Draw Play: The QB makes another fake move by dropping back as if to pass but instead he runs the ball or hands the ball off to another player to run with it

• Hail Mary: The QB throws a long, aerial pass hoping to find one of his receivers near the goal line who can catch it and score a TD. This pass when it works is a “thing of beauty.”


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 10
August 11, 2011 12:15 PM
Pass Interference—Pass Protection—QB moves

• Pass Interference: When a player on the defense illegally hinders a receiver’s chance to catch the ball.

• Pass Protection: Players assigned to protect the QB from getting sacked. The better the QB’s offensive line protects him the more time the QB has to throw a completed pass.

• Intentional Grounding: An illegal pass by the QB when he has no receiver near where he is throwing. The QB in effect is throwing the ball away because none of his receivers are open to catch the ball. The team loses 10 yards and a loss of a down as well.

• False Start: When the QB makes a sudden move before the center snaps the ball the QB’s team is penalized and loses 5 yards.

• Lateral: The QB can throw a pass sideways or somewhat backwards to fool the defense and hope that the person that catches the lateral pass can gain yards.


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 11
August 11, 2011 12:15 PM
Blitz——Red Zone—Goal Line Stand

Blitz: A move made by several defensive players to charge the QB in hopes of tackling him.

Red Zone: An area between the 20 yard line and the goal line at both ends of the field.

Goal Line Stand: When the defense is successful in stopping the QB or another offensive player from getting the football over the goal line the “goal line stand” has been successful. If the QB or another offensive player gets any part of the football over the goal line that team scores a touchdown and the defense has made an unsuccessful goal line stand.


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 12
September 12, 2011 12:15 PM
A Few More Football Terms and explanations to help you Talk the Talk

• AN NFL football game takes 60 minutes of actual playing time…But with all the TV time outs for commercials and time outs …from start to finish a football game takes about 3 hours.

• There are 4-15 minute quarters in a football game. 2 minute breaks at the end of the first and third quarters as teams change ends of the field. At the end of the first half each teams goes back to their locker room and takes a scheduled 12 minute break.

• Watch the QB’s arm motions and when you see him signaling to the referee he generally is asking to take a time out. The QB has 3 allotted time outs during each half of the game…and can call a time out any time he wants for a variety of reasons. Each time out generally lasts 1 minute and 50 seconds. The QB can call a total of 6 time outs during a game.

• When a player is injured the referee calls a time out which is NOT charged against the team unless it occurs during the last 2 minutes of the game.

• QB’s watch the clock because the QB and his offense have only 40 seconds from the end of one play for the center to snap the ball for the next play. If the ball is not snapped within 40 seconds the QB’s team is charged with a penalty.


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 13
September 12, 2011 12:15 PM
A Few More Football Terms and explanations to help you Talk the Talk

• When one of the refs throws a yellow flag on the field that means a Foul has been committed. Watch your QB’s body language which tells you who committed the foul his team or the other team. If the QB acts really mad you will know it’s a big penalty against his team.

• Don’t forget the QB has only 40 seconds to make sure the center snaps the ball to start a new play…. if that doesn’t happen and 40 seconds on the official time clock are gone the QB’s team is charged with to a Delay of Game Penalty. His team loses 5 yards. Keep track of how many Delay of Game penalties your QB gets in a game so you can rate his performance at the end of the game.

• The Referee lets each team know when only 2 minutes are left before the end of the first half and 2 minutes left before the end of the game.

• Onsides Kick: when the clock is winding down at the end of the game and your QB’s team has just scored a touchdown or field goal but is still losing the game your team’s kicker tee’s up the ball …but instead of kicking the ball to the other team as he normally does after points are scored, he kicks what’s called an ONSIDE Kick. "An onside kick" starts out the same as any other kickoff or free kick, except that it is kicked in a particular way to give the kicking team the best chance of getting the ball back instead of kicking it to the opposing team.


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 14
September 26, 2011 5:00 PM
A Few More Football Terms and explanations to help you Talk the Talk

My number 1 pick is the Quarterback of the New England Patriots…Tom Brady.

Tom Brady was born in San Mateo, California and this is his 13th year as a QB in the NFL.

He is 6 feet 4inches, weighs 225 pounds, is 34 years old and has a great dimple in his chin.

He is a real hunk.

WHAT MAKES HIM GREAT?

• He has great vision of what’s going on down the field

• He doesn’t panic when he is in the pocket like lots of other QB’s

• He is accurate and very smart

• He moves well in and out of the pocket

• He hates to lose

COMPARE THE QB ON YOUR TEAM TO BRADY AND SEE HOW HE STACKS UP:

• Number of completed passes per game

• Number of fumbles

• Number of interceptions thrown

• Number of touchdowns

• Number of yards passing each game

NOW YOU ARE TALKING QB TALK


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 15
September 26, 2011 5:10 PM
A Few More Football Terms and explanations to help you Talk the Talk

My number 2 pick is the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers was born in Chico California and is in his 6th year as a QB in the NFL

He is 6 feet 2 inches tall .weighs 220 pounds, is 27 years old, and has beautiful greenish blue eyes and a great smile with deep dimples

Aaron is a real hunk!

WHAT MAKES AARON SO SPECIAL?

• Aaron is the all-time career leader in passer rating (99.5) in the regular season and post-season games (112.6).

• He has the lowest interception percentage for quarterbacks during the regular season. (1.9%)

• He is cool under pressure

• He gets rid of the ball quickly and usually hits his target receiver

COMPARE THE QB ON YOUR TEAM TO AARON RODGERS AND SEE HOW HE STACKS UP:

• Number of completed passes per game

• Number of fumbles

• Number of interceptions thrown

• Number of touchdowns

• Number of yards passing each game

NOW YOU ARE TALKING QB TALK


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 16
October 10, 2011 3:15 PM
Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions

My number 3 pick is the Quarterback of the Detroit Lions…Matthew Stafford.

Mat Stafford was born in Tampa, Florida and is only in his 3rd year as a QB in the NFL.

He is 6 feet 3 inches, weighs 232 pounds, is 23 years old and has a very boyish face but is handsome for sure.

Matt is a real hunk.

WHAT MAKES HIM GREAT?

• Stafford of the Detroit Lions completed 11 touchdowns in his first 4 games this season

• His passer rating at the end of the first 4 games is 100.4 % Translation solid gold so far

• 2011 is his best year so far

• He has a great arm and can throw long passes accurately

• He has already thrown one completed pass for 60 yards

He has broken some longstanding NFL and Detroit Lions records that have stood for ages:

• Stafford’s 24 point comeback at Dallas was the third 20+ point comeback of his career, and his second comeback in 2 games back to back. The only team to do so in NFL history! That’s awesome.

• QB Stafford is the only QB that has played for the Detroit Lions that has led his team to a 24-point comeback on the road

• Matthew Stafford now holds the second- most passing yards and the most passing touchdowns by a Lions QB in the first 4 games of the season.

COMPARE THE QB ON YOUR TEAM TO MATTHEW STAFFORD AND SEE HOW HE STACKS UP:

• Number of completed passes per game

• Number of fumbles

• Number of interceptions thrown

• Number of touchdowns

• Number of yards passing each game

NOW YOU ARE TALKING QB TALK


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 17
October 10, 2011 3:15 PM
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints

My number 4 pick is the quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees.

Drew Brees was born in Austin Texas and is in his 11th year as a QB in the NFL.

He is 6 feet tall, weighs 209 pounds, is 32 years old, and has a very interesting face with a distinctive mole that adds to his good looks.

Drew is a real hunk!

WHAT MAKES DREW SO SPECIAL?

• Drew Brees has passed for 23,277 yards since he has been the QB for New Orleans. That’s a whole lot of yardage.

• Drew ‘s is an outstanding leader and very smart…in college he was an Academic All-American

• He is also a very accurate passer which is why he is one of my top QB’s

• Add to that his dedication to his team, his incredible charitable work, and his devotion to rebuilding New Orleans and you can understand why he is the most beloved player throughout Saints history!!!

COMPARE THE QB ON YOUR TEAM TO DREW BREES AND SEE HOW HE STACKS UP:

• Number of completed passes per game

• Number of fumbles

• Number of interceptions thrown

• Number of touchdowns

• Number of yards passing each game

NOW YOU ARE TALKING QB TALK


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 18: Advanced QB Talk
October 24, 2011 12:30 PM

A Few More Football Terms and explanations to help you Talk the Talk:

• About 1/3 out of the 32 Teams in the NFL have solid, talented Quarterbacks
• That leaves 22 NFL teams searching for Quarterbacks that will improve their Team
• Whatever football franchise you follow make sure you know whether the starting quarterback of the first game this year is still the QB.
• Do you know how many Quarterbacks your favorite team has had during the last 10 years? If not find out and you can Talk about it
• Does the team you follow have a quarterback controversy as to who will play? If so you can be sure the morale and effectiveness of the team will be definitely compromised. ( It’s the same in large companies where there are 2 or 3 candidates for the top job and no one knows who it will be)
• Don’t blame everything on the QB but keep in mind the QB is the team leader and if he is not effective he will get blamed for everything
• Remember if your team drafted a quarterback in the first round of the draft they will play sooner rather than later…so be on the lookout and know the name of the QB that was drafted by your team and follow along to see when and how well he plays
• Don’t forget that Football is a contact sport and if a QB loses his edge and a degree of passion and enthusiasm he will not be the starting quarterback for long
• Look at the NFL teams that have been successful and are in the hunt for the super bowl over a long period of time and you can be sure they have an outstanding quarterback as the Team’s leader.
• Once you start following NFL football you will learn that quarterbacks move around a lot and change is the one constant with most teams except those with QB’s like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Eli Manning.

COMPARE THE QB ON YOUR TEAM AND SEE HOW HE STACKS UP:

• Number of QB completed passes per game
• Number of QB fumbles per game
• Number of QB interceptions thrown
• Number of QB passing touchdowns
• Number of QB yards passing each game

NOW YOU ARE TALKING QB TALK

QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 19: Keeping track of some important QB Stats
October 24, 2011 12:30 PM

A Few More Football Terms and explanations to help you Talk the Talk
• Count up the number of passes per game your QB has completed so far this season. This statistic tells you how accurate your QB is and the talent of his receivers. If the QB’s percentage of completed passes is low don’t expect his team to be winning football game…But if his pass completion percentage is in the 60% or more range…your QB is doing well.
• Here is the mathematical calculation: The number of completed passes thrown by the QB each week divided by the total number of passes thrown = pass completion percent. The more passes your QB completes the greater likelihood his team will win the game! br/> • Keep track of the number of interceptions your QB throws during each game. The fewer interceptions he throws the better chance his team has to win the game!
• How often does your QB get tackled each game before he throws the football? Sacks matter…the more a QB gets thrown to the ground the more likely he will be injured.

COMPARE THE QB ON YOUR TEAM AND SEE HOW HE STACKS UP TO THE TOP QB’S

• Percentage of completed passes per game • Number of QB interceptions thrown per game • Number of QB passing touchdowns per game • Number of Quarterback Sacks each game
NOW YOU ARE TALKING QB TALK


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 20: Learn to rate your favorite Quarterback
November 10, 2011 9:30 AM

A Few More Football Terms and explanations to help you Talk the Talk:

EACH WEEK FOLLOW THE QB ON YOUR TEAM AND SEE HOW HE STACKS UP:

• Keep track of the number of touchdowns your QB racks up every game
• How many total yards passing does your QB rack up every game?
• What is your Quarterback’s overall rating? How is it determined?
• Here’s the Formula to determine your QB’s overall rating:

Divide a quarterback's completed passes by pass attempts.

1. Subtract 0.3.
2. Divide by 0.2 and record the total. The sum cannot be greater than 2.375 or less than zero.
3. Divide passing yards by pass attempts.
4. Subtract 3.
5. Divide by 4 and record the total. The sum cannot be greater than 2.375 or less than zero.
6. Divide touchdown passes by pass attempts.
7. Divide by 0.05 and record the total. The sum cannot be greater than 2.375 or less than zero.
8. Divide interceptions by pass attempts.
9. Subtract that number from 0.095.
10. Divide that product by 0.04 and record the total. The sum cannot be greater than 2.375 or less than zero.
11. Add the four totals you recorded.
12. Multiply that total by 100.
13. Divide by 6.
14. The final number is your quarterback rating.

*For those of us, like me. who are NOT a wiz at math I suggest you google the words “NFL Player Passing statistics 2011” and select the ESPN stat sheet because the information is all there for you week to week.

NOW YOU ARE TALKING QB TALK


QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 21: ELI Manning of the NY Giants is HOT!
November 10, 2011 9:30 AM

A Few More Football Terms and explanations to help you Talk the Talk

• My number 5 pick is the Quarterback of the New York Giants, ELI MANNING

• If you watched football over the last few years the name Manning should ring a bell, Eli Manning’s brother, Peyton, is one of the most premier QB’s in the NFL for more than a decade.

• Eli Manning was born in New Orleans, Louisiana where his father, Archie Manning, was playing for the New Orleans Saints at that time. Eli’s father, Archie Manning was also a great quarterback. Football talent runs deep in the Manning family!

• Eli Manning is in his 8th year as a QB in the NFL

• Eli’s height is a real plus: He is 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 225 pounds, is 30 years old, and has a very young face even though he has played in the NFL for 7 years and taken lots of Sacks.

• Eli is a real hunk!

Points you need to know about Eli Manning:
• Eli Manning led his team to Superbowl victory in 2008 and hopes to repeat this amazing accomplishment in 2011
• Eli Manning’s team, the New York Giants defeated one of the top QB’s, Tom Brady, and one of the top NFL teams, the New England Patriots, this season already.
• On November 7, 2011 Eli Manning’s QB rating is 98.8 (5th place) see top 4 QB’s as of 11-7-11 below:
• Aaron Rodgers 129.1 is in first place
• Drew Brees 100.6 is in second place
• Tom Brady 100 is in third place
• Matt Stafford 99.1 is in fourth place

Keep on keeping track of the quarterbacks—especially your personal favorite and you will see how talking QB Talk will enhance your career and life

QBTalk: A New Way To Talk Football Episode 22: Quarterbacks: Compare the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
October 22, 2011 12:45 PM

A Few More Football Terms and explanations to help you Talk the Talk:

EACH WEEK FOLLOW THE QB ON YOUR TEAM AND SEE HOW HE STACKS UP:

• Keep track of the number of touchdowns your QB racks up every game
• How many total yards passing does your QB rack up every game?
• What is your Quarterback’s overall rating? How is it determined?

NOW YOU ARE TALKING QB TALK



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