A quarterback (QB) is a position in American and Canadian football. Quarterbacks are members of the offense, or attacking team. They line up directly behind the center, in the middle of the offensive team's line. A quarterback is usually the leader, and starts most plays. In addition, the quarterback gives commands to the other players before the start of a play. A quarterback will in most attacking plays throw the ball to a member of their team, ready to run to the end of the pitch. Quarterbacks may also run the ball themselves, as well as hand the ball to a runningback. These players are usually the faces of their respective teams. Some very notable players at this position in history are Brett Favre, Joe Montana, and Johnny Unitas.
If quarterbacks don't like the formation the defense is using, they may use an audible. An audible is a way for the quarterback to change the play at the line of scrimmage (where players line up to start a play). He changes what the play will be by shouting out things that his teammates will understand. An audible may be called if the quarterback sees how the defensive players are lined up and does not think that the play that has been called would be good against how the defense is lined up.
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Quarterback is the most popular position on the football field, full of glory and always in the middle of the action. It comes with a lot of responsibility. The most basic one is to be able to throw the ball. Specifically, how do you throw a tight spiral? "If people have proper instruction, they can be shown and taught how to hold and load it," said Jeff Trickey, who runs Jeff Trickey Quarterback Camps. "If they step directly at the point of reception, it's a natural movement."
But the bad habits we're forced to get into as small, weak children can carry into our bigger and stronger years. Some grown-ups still throw wobbly passes, mainly because they never adjusted when they became strong enough to throw a football properly. The good news is, the adjustment isn't a particularly hard one. To be a good quarterback, it's a tweak every gunslinger must make. "The ball will fly truer if it's a tighter spiral," Trickey said. "You can certainly throw an effective pass that doesn't have a tight spiral. But I think the truer the spiral is, the ball aerodynamically will fly better."