TFP 40: Why You SUCK at Running the Spread Offense

I’m sick of coaches bad-mouthing the Spread Offense. Saying things like: “I don’t have a quarterback that can throw the ball” or “The Spread lacks a downhill run game” or “Sometimes you have to smack the other team in the mouth and Spread teams can’t do that”


What coaches mean is “I don’t know how to run the offense so I’m going to bad-mouth the entire thing.”

It’s what I used to do about Brussels Sprouts. I would trash my dad whenever he ate those giant booger-looking vegetables. Until I tried them. Then I understood how roasting them in the oven with a pinch salt brought out the flavor while making them melt in your mouth. Then I became a convert.

What I’m trying to get at is most coaches don’t know what the hell they are doing in the Spread Offense. And when they don’t have success then they trash it on social media and try to pick a fight with every coach that runs the Spread Offense.

Don’t be that coach.

That’s why I’m talking about the Three Reasons Why You SUCK at Running the Spread Offense. Because I know, deep down, you want to be successful at the Spread Offense. Your kids want you to be successful at the Spread Offense. And your fans want you to be successful at the Spread Offense.

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Comments on TFP 40: Why You SUCK at Running the Spread Offense

  1. Colin Brown says:


    I’m pretty sure you could have removed the words “the Spread” from the title of this episode and simply called it “Why You Suck At Running Offense” and had it work just as well. Your three points all apply to EVERY offense. Running too many plays, practicing poorly, and not having an if-then philosophy can ruin ANY offense. Doesn’t matter if you are spread, wing-t, flexbone, double wing, or pro-style, you need to do it right.

    1. You are right about that coach. But those other offenses don’t get as much flack if they aren’t producing like the spread does.

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