2012 NFL preseason glossary

Preseason games start on Thursday night and allow me to speak for everybody when I say we are ready for some football. But let’s be honest, some of us are a little rusty. Or maybe we’re just new to the sport all together, which means the vernacular can be a little intimidating.

Have no fear, he’s a look at some preseason glossary terms that will make it much easier to watch the game.

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Tebow
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(US Presswire)

What you think they’re talking about: The backup quarterback, perhaps special teamer of the New York Jets.

What it actually means: A training camp distraction to everybody. Well, except for the owner, Woody Johnson.

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PUP
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(Bruce Kluckhohn/US Presswire)

What it actually means: The physically unable to perform list.

What it isn’t: Adrian Peterson’s bat cave while he recovers from injury.

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Hard Knocks
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(Associated Press)

What it actually is: The award-winning HBO documentary about training camp, this year following the Miami Dolphins.

It might actually refer to: The state of the Dolphins.

And who knows, it might actually be: Chad Johnson’s next name change.

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Fight Club
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(Twentieth Century Fox/Newark Star-Ledger)

What you think it is: A pretty cool movie starring Brad Pitt and Ed Norton.

But it would also describe: The Jets’ training camp this season.

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Zero and Zero
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(Associated Press)

What you thinks it means: A cliché to illustrate all teams are even to start the season.

What it actually is: The Jaguars choices at quarterback.

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On the bubble
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(Associated Press)

What it actually means: Players who are on the verge of making or being released from an NFL roster.

But it might also describe: How Calvin Johnson has that ridiculous hang time.

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Quarterback controversy
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(Associated Press)

What it actually means: When two quarterbacks are fighting it out to be the starter.

Quarterback controversy best case scenario: Joe Montana vs. Steve Young.

Worst case scenario: The Seattle Seahawks camp battle. Or Jacksonville Jaguars (see zero and zero).

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Establish the running game
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(Associated Press)

What they will tell you it means: A team wants to run the ball a lot more.

If you read between the lines it means: Our quarterback stinks.

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Need to air it out more
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(Associated Press)

What they will tell you it means: A team wants to throw the ball more.

If you read between the lines it means: Our running back is old. (See Atlanta Falcons)

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We need to execute
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(Associated Press/US Presswire)

What you think it means: The team needs to go out and play better.

What it probably is: Rex Ryan’s ultimate solution on what to do with his fighting players.

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Take the diaper off
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(Associated Press/NFL)

What you think it means: Jerry Rice’s desire to have Alex Smith throw the ball more.

What it could mean: Jerry Jones’ desire for Dez Bryant to grow up.

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Luck
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(Associated Press)

Who it is: New Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck.

But it also describes: The fortunateness of the Colts to lose Peyton Manning during Luck’s senior season.

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