Friday, October 2, 2009

Wide Recievers: The Supermodels

Hello my lovelies,
Today we are going to learn about the WIDE RECEIVERS, otherwise known as the "Supermodels." They actually have categorical names like the "Split Ends," (wait, guys think about them too? Shocking!) "Flankers," and "Slot" receivers. These names, however, do not matter to you in the least bit. Isn't that fantastic? To you, they are all simply wide receivers (WRs). Let's refresh our memories on where they reside on the field, shall we?They are the dudes way out on the ends. When the ball is snapped to the QB, we once again focus on his options. Remember that he has the option of either passing it to the running backs (Whitney and Kevin) as they run by, or he can try to stall as these wide receiving "supermodels" of the offense gallop past the defense and try to find an open spot on the field so he can chuck it to one of them as hard as he can. They, in turn, will (hopefully) "receive," or catch, the ball from him. Hence the difference between running backs and wide receivers--they have similar job descriptions but mostly, the running backs get the ball passed to them and run with it while the wide receivers run down field first and then catch the ball. See diagram below:
Meet your wide receivers. These are the guys with no dirt on their uniforms. They are the ones you see running full speed while looking backwards over their shoulders while reaching out (sometimes with only one hand) to catch the ball--all while trying to keep two feet in bounds at all times. They are usually tall, on the thin side, super fast and graceful. Almost like a Gazelle.....or, shall we say, a "Giselle." So, in other words, Tom Brady is in fact passing the ball down field to his wife Giselle. Who woulda thought?

Some famous wide recievers are Randy Moss, Terrell Owens (TO), and the best name of all, Chad Ochocinco. (His name was Chad Johnson until he LEGALLY changed it to Chad "Ochocinco" which means "8-5" in Spanish. He did this so his name would match the number on his jersey...85. Wow. Dedication or stupitidy? You decide.)


  1. This website is fabulous!!! I need to learn and understand football bc I want to. It's hard to learn when you're told to be quiet by everyone who knows what everything means. Thank you so much!!! I look forward to reading more!!

    1. Thanks so much, Amy! I'm bummed that I wasn't able to keep you all informed this season, but I'll be back next season!

  2. Molly, as the wife and mom of football players , I have to take exception with the stereotype of the "Wide Receiver" position. With the growing popularity of the "Spread" offense, the receiver position has become a multi-faceted job. Just like tight ends, who are basically receiver/linemen hybrids, we now have "X", "Y" and "Z" receivers who play very different roles on a team. While the X and Y guys tend to be more "vertically" inclined (ie the "Supermodels" you refer to), the Z guy is really a much different animal! Take this quote for one of my respected sources:

    "A natural slot receiver will possess most or all of these qualities:"
    1. Smaller in stature. (Wes Welker, Broncos)
    2. Very good hands. (Julian Edelman, Patriots)
    3. More quick than fast. (Griff Whalen, Colts)
    4. Average blocker at best. (Danny Amendola, Patriots)
    5. Can recognize a blitz and break off a pattern quickly. (Doug Baldwin, Seahawks)
    6. Knows how to avoid the big hit. (T.Y. Hilton, Colts)
    7. Can get open quickly in a small space. (all these guys)
    8. Precision route runner. (all these guys)

    I've only compared slot receivers who are members of NFL "Final 8" teams for 2014, but there are a dozen more in the NFL that defy the stereotype of the "Supermodel" and are Hall of Fame bound. These guys get dirty, bloody and many times are the mini-me versions of their tight end big brothers.....

    1. That's great to know, Vicki! I love learning things like this. :)

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