spread formation

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Definition of spread formation 

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

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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 McMillan went to more of a spread formation to give the Oladipo to go 1 vs. 1 to break down the defense. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Bogdanovic catches fire, Pacers regain series lead in stunning comeback vs. Cavs," 20 Apr. 2018 On the drive before that, the Ravens stole back the momentum by scoring on a 2-yard run by Flacco out of a spread formation that left the middle wide open to put Baltimore up 10-7. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "DeShone Kizer commits 3 turnovers in 27-10 loss to Ravens as Browns fall to 0-14, 0-8 at home," 17 Dec. 2017 Worthman was a part-time starter on last year's 10-win squad and also has the ability to drop back and throw in spread formations. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football vs. Air Force: Scouting report, prediction," 14 Sep. 2017

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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