The area from which a quarterback throws a pass, behind the line of scrimmage, delineated by the defensive players of his own team who protect him from attacking opponents; as, he had ample time in the pocket to choose an open receiver.
a style of pass protection where the blockers hit the pass rusher and then recoil repeatedly forcing the defender to take an outside pass rush to the quarterback. The Center recoils very little, the Guards a little more, and the Tackles and Ends even more. When executed properly, the resulting pass rush is bowed into a cup or 'pocket' shape in which the quarterback stands to throw. Designed to break down from the outside in, the quarterback avoids pressure by stepping forward setting up new blocking angles for the blockers. An Example can be seen in the Fan Pass Play, illustrated by a purple line.
The protected area around the quarterback formed by his blockers as he passes.
A circle of blockers surrounding the quarterback to protect him from defenders, after he had dropped back to pass.
The area the quarterback sets up his pass from. Guarded against the opposition to hopefully form a safe "pocket".
an area on the offensive side of the line of scrimmage, where the offensive linemen attempt to prevent the defensive players from reaching the quarterback during passing plays
the area behind the offensive line, where the quarterback is protected by his blockers.
The area of protection around a passer formed by his blockers.
The area where the quarterback stands before he delivers the ball. Quarterbacks drop back 2 or 3 yards, it is here that they are in the pocket.
The area where the quarterback stands during a play while looking to throw the ball downfield and where his linemen are protecting him. If the offensive linemen don't properly block, then the pocket will "collapse".