Originally Posted by Kolder
they won that championship in conjunction with a good defense. Something none of those other year in and year out spread teams have.
Absolutely..... But I'm just asking about the offense being referred to as a "gimmick", when it's most assuredly not anymore.
Originally Posted by SmartyJones
Spread is a huge generalization, as there are so many variations of it at all levels of the sport. It comes down to discretion. TT's spread with Graham Harrell was gimmick spread. New England's spread was not.
Now things that are gimmicky all the time: wildcat, triple option, most pistol formation stuff, the Tebow spread-option
I disagree... If something is used on a consistent basis with positive results, then it means that teams are seeing what they're doing (through game film), and still aren't able to stop it (without having a superior defense in every way)....... Then that's not a gimmick, that's a successful offensive scheme.
If something is done maybe once or twice and works sometimes but not others.... That's where I see the "gimmick" label as being appropriate. I think trick plays are a gimmick, but not an entire offensive playbook. Like Oregon's "fake out" extra point formations.... THAT'S a gimmick. Their consistent playcalling is just their offense.
....and this is all my own opinions, of course, which may very well be incorrect.