Meaning of backfield in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbakfiːld/

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mass noun
  • 1American Football
    The area of play behind the line of scrimmage.

    ‘The team is in a state of flux at two spots: the offensive line and the defensive backfield.’
    • ‘He made three tackles in the Buc backfield and two more at the line of scrimmage.’
    • ‘To use four wide receivers, the Chargers took some basic pass protection away from the line of scrimmage and the backfield.’
    • ‘They will shift from the line of scrimmage to the backfield, or split out as receivers.’
    • ‘You might even see him lined up in the backfield once or twice.’
    1. 1.1The players (quarterback and running backs) positioned in this area.
      ‘He has shown the versatility throughout his career to play any position in the defensive backfield.’
      • ‘After taking a handoff deep in the backfield from the quarterback, the tailback picks a hole based on the blocking in front of him.’
      • ‘An effective run stuffer, he also can get into the backfield and pressure the quarterback.’
      • ‘When it comes to the offensive backfield, they take a back seat to no team in the SEC.’
      • ‘They entered the offseason with a depleted defensive backfield, so adding a quality cornerback or safety is likely.’