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Pocket general

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on May 05, 2008 at 13:13:

In Reply to: Pocket general posted by Michael on May 05, 2008 at 07:18:

: Where does the term "pocket general" come from and what does it mean? e.g. 'He led his team like a pocket general'.

In American football the quarterback is often thought of as a field general in command of troops, and the pocket is the area behind the line of scrimmage between the two offensive tackles where the quarterback drops back to throw a forward pass.