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Spread OffenseA good offense is confusing the defense
Head Coach, University of Rhode Island
© March 2001
A GREAT COACH ONCE SAID, "Good football teams either do something different or they do it better." At Rhode Island, we try to do both. The offense we run is a combination of the run and shoot. We call our formation the spread and have found that it allows us to use alignment to stretch a defense both horizontally and vertically. It stretches a defense horizontally with the option and vertically with four quick receivers at the line of scrimmage. This approach, we think, keeps defenses from ganging up on the running game.
Here's how it works: The two wide receivers (X and Z on the diagram) line up in the proximity of the numbers, depending on where the ball is. The A-Back lines u....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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