Center is a position in gridiron football. A center is the innermost lineman on the offensive line in a football team’s offense. A center is also a player who passes the ball between his legs to the quarterback at the start of each play. In recent years, centers have grown in importance for a football team, due to the re-emergence of the 3-4 defense.
According to Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, “You need to have somebody who can neutralize that nose tackle. If you don’t, everything can fall apart. Your running game won’t work and you’ll have somebody who’s your quarterback’s face on every play.
How to Play Center in Football
Is Center a good position in football
Other than the quarterback, the center is considered the most important component of the offense, which Kelly calls the “governor of the offense,” although centers get a share of the attention. They are big men with small egos and broad shoulders, capable of carrying heavy loads in every play and every play.
What does the center do in football?
Much of the credit goes to the offensive tackle, especially the left tackle whose primary job is to protect the quarterback’s blindside (if the quarterback is right-handed). But a center does more than just snap the football to the team’s quarterback. They are unofficial captains of the offensive line, blitz packages and help select specific defenders. They are even responsible for calling certain adjustments and assignments to the rest of the offensive line. Let’s take a look at all the aspects of what makes a great center.
Centers are Smart
As quarterbacks on the offensive line, centers have a lot to analyze before even taking the ball. They must identify who (if anyone) will burn from the defense. They must recognize additional defenders who can approach the line of scrimmage so the line can take on blocking assignments. In order to do this and call the other linemen the correct blocking duties, centers must know how to read the defense.
Centers are Vocal
Players who are hesitant to talk (or really shout) while playing probably won’t be a good fit as a center. Centers are very vocal, and are confident and assertive in every call they make. This is a very necessary part of a center’s game. He must be confident in the defensive plays he sees in front of him and then call the appropriate blocking assignments on the rest of the line.
Centers are Precise
The first thing the center will do on every play is snap the football to the quarterback. Whether with the quarterback “under center” or the shotgun formation, the snap is an often forgotten play in football. A snap that’s even slightly off can be disastrous for an offense. If centers aren’t precise with their snaps, they can kill an offense’s momentum in just a matter of seconds.
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