spread formation


Definition of spread formation

: an offensive football formation in which the pass receivers are spread out across the field

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Kraus said this year’s Cavaliers will be an aggressive, attacking-style defensive team and will look to garner total control of the ball on offense in a spread formation. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "2019 Football Preview: South Carroll holding on to ‘faith and trust’ in one another this fall," 5 Sep. 2019 For Lock, who worked primarily out of the shotgun and spread formations at Missouri, a lot of it felt like learning a new language. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "How the Broncos joined the NFL’s playbook revolution from back pockets to iPads," 31 Aug. 2019 This scheme features a lot of spread formations and basic route combinations, and receivers must be able to win one-on-one. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "NFL Draft Grades: Analysis of Every Second- and Third-Round Pick," 27 Apr. 2018 If the ball is all the way over on one hash, there are spread formations that can create indefensible amounts of space on the wide side of the field. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "NFL and College Football Are Not the Same Game," 11 July 2018 New head coach Mike Vrabel and offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur have vowed to tailor the offense around his strengths, meaning fans should expect a greater emphasis on spread formations, tempo, play action and run-pass options. Jason Wolf, USA TODAY, "Titans training camp questions: What can Mike Vrabel, new staff do for Marcus Mariota?," 21 June 2018 The call was 432 Switch, spread formation, two receivers on either side. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "From the Gridiron to the Ice Rink, Anders Lee Continues to Rack Up Points," 18 Jan. 2018 The previous coaches all ran a variation of the triple-option, but Summers tried to briefly go in a different direction before getting pulled back into some spread formations. Iliana Limón Romero, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Georgia Southern charts a new course, is No. 115 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 4 May 2018 Photo: Michael Thomas/Associated Press There’s a general belief that college teams have gotten so pass happy while using spread formations that tackle prospects have little or no experience in NFL basics like a three-point stance. Michael Salfino, WSJ, "In the NFL Draft, There’s One Position Teams Usually Get Right," 23 Apr. 2018

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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