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April 23, 2009 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
All the rage in college football, the spread offense has become somewhat of a scourge for NFL talent evaluators. "It gets more difficult with the evolution of the spread offense because the things they're doing in college, most of it won't transfer to the NFL," Kevin Colbert, director of football operations for the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, said at the NFL scouting combine in February. "So you're really looking for physical characteristics. Like the footwork, even though you don't see a lot of footwork in the shotgun and the spread.
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September 5, 2010 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsville visits Gloucester Catholic Nov. 6 in a West Jersey Football League interdivision clash of two of South Jersey's pass-happiest teams. "That game could take six hours," Pennsville coach Ryan Wood said. Pennsville and Gloucester Catholic have smart, strong-armed senior quarterbacks. Both teams run spread offenses that feature three or four wide receivers and showcase running backs in the passing game as much as the ground game. The same goes for Washington Township and Winslow Township, perennial playoff teams that will meet in the season opener on Saturday afternoon.
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September 1, 2010 | By Rick O’Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Many of the top college football programs thrive with a version of the spread offense. At Florida, it's the spread-option. It's the shotgun-spread at Purdue. Georgia Tech employs the triple-option spread. The popularity of the spread has reached high schools, too, making the game faster and more wide-open than ever. "It has filtered down from the colleges," La Salle coach Drew Gordon said. The premise of the spread is as the word suggests: The offense wants to spread the defense out, forcing it to cover more space.
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April 2, 2002 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
While waiting for his turn in a drill yesterday at Temple's Geasey Field, Owls defensive back Terrance Leftwich was moved to exhort his teammates. "We have to get this thing working!" the senior shouted. It was the first day at spring practice at Temple, and Leftwich and the other Owls seemed to be on the same page with their enthusiasm. New offensive coordinator David Brock and defensive coordinator Ray Monica put their units through a spirited seven-on-seven session toward the end of the 2 1/2-hour practice.
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July 27, 2008 | By Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Big Ten coaches are still fighting the perception that their conference is stuck in the dark ages of college football - all run and no pass - and, thus, one of the lesser weights among BCS conferences. They argue that they've been a bunch of sissies for years, passing as much as any league. Eight of 11 teams seem intent on running the pass-oriented spread offense. Purdue's Joe Tiller was among the first. He recalled the first time his team played Penn State in 1997 and the conversation with his old friend, Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno, on the field before the contest.
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August 29, 2002 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the Temple football team unveils its new spread offense tonight at Franklin Field against Richmond in the season opener for both teams, one thing will remain the same. The Owls, whose defensive leader is all-Big East tackle Dan Klecko, will again be counting on tailback Tanardo Sharps to carry the ball. Sharps, a 5-foot-11, 193-pound senior, is on the Doak Walker watch list as one of the nation's top runners. A 1,000-yard rusher as a sophomore, Sharps will be the featured back behind quarterback Mike McGann in Temple's no-huddle, no-fullback scheme.
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November 21, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Gicking was a record-setting quarterback at Marple Newtown, throwing for 5,897 yards and 53 touchdowns from 1993 to 1995. After going to Villanova on a scholarship, the Broomall native transferred to Shippensburg and passed for 6,325 yards and 65 touchdowns in three seasons. That was followed by a brief stint in the Arena Football League II. Following in the footsteps of his father, Harry, Gicking spent 13 years as an assistant at Conestoga. Things came full circle when he took over at Marple Newtown last year following Ray Gionta's move to Sun Valley.
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September 1, 2010
  Matt Cookson Cookson, a three-year starter, directs the Bulldogs' spread offense working from a no-huddle, shotgun formation. He passed for more than 1,500 yards and ran for 700 more last year as Class A Morrisville finished 7-5. Coach Jim Gober said Cookson looked right at home playing in a 7-on-7 league earlier this summer at West Chester University. The schools in the league were usually much larger than Morrisville. "He's good academically, and he also plays baseball - he's a pitcher and outfielder," Gober said.
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August 29, 2008 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The newest innovation in high school football is the A-11 offense. But don't expect to see it here, at least not right away. The A-11 offense, devised by a couple of coaches in California - Kurt Bryan and Steve Humphries - makes all 11 players (wearing numbers 1-49 or 80-99) eligible receivers. It features two quarterbacks in the shotgun formation with no one under center, thereby meeting the criteria for a scrimmage kick formation under National Federation rules. Spreading the offense across the field forces the defense to account for every possible receiver on each play, although only five players can go downfield to catch a pass and at least seven players must be up on the line of scrimmage.
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March 31, 2011 | By Kevin Tatum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The decision on Temple's starting quarterback will be a priority down the line. But with the Owls in the second week of spring football drills, new coach Steve Addazio says that time is not now. The Owls entered their workouts with two holdover starters in southpaw Mike Gerardi, who played the last five games of his sophomore season, and Chester Stewart, who started the first seven as a junior last season. Also hoping to catch the coach's eye are Chris Coyer, who will be a sophomore, and redshirt freshman Connor Reilly.
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February 26, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
ONCE UPON a time in the NFL, when patience hadn't yet become a dirty word and coaches usually could count on being given at least three years before needing to update their resumes, the preferred method for developing a quarterback was slow-roasting rather than two minutes in a microwave. Back then, when you drafted a quarterback, unless he was one of those rare pass-throwing, ready-for-prime-time prodigies, you usually gave him a baseball cap and clipboard and had him watch and learn for a year or two before you put him in the line of regular-season fire.
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January 25, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
Doug Pederson was introduced to the West Coast offense in 1996. Discarded by the expansion Panthers and then the Dolphins for the umpteenth time, the quarterback signed with the Packers early that season. He was only the third-stringer behind Brett Favre and Jim McMahon, but that first year playing for coach Mike Holmgren, in the system that Bill Walsh had mostly created, started a journey that has Pederson bringing the West Coast offense back to the Eagles some 20 years later. The Eagles, of course, have primarily had a West Coast-based system for most of the last two decades.
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January 23, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Philadelphia Eagles team that Chip Kelly took over three years ago was coming off a 4-12 season, but it really wasn't as bad as all that. The San Francisco 49ers team that just hired Kelly on the rebound was 5-11 this past season, and it might not even be that good. When you look at the two situations, it's fair to wonder if Kelly benefitted from good timing with the Eagles and will suffer the other side of that coin with the 49ers. That would be a real shame, wouldn't it? The 2012 Eagles were a dispirited bunch that quit on Andy Reid, but the offense was still ranked 15th in the league.
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January 12, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
(As the Eagles continue their coaching search, the Daily News' Paul Domowitch looks back on the past season and assesses exactly what kind of talent the new coach will potentially have at his disposal. Today, the offense.) Click here to send in your own grades. QUARTERBACK Grade: B Sam Bradford proved he could stay healthy, starting 14 games after missing most of the previous two seasons with ACL tears. It took him a while to gain confidence in his knee, fully master a new offense and get on the same page with his receivers.
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November 21, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Gicking was a record-setting quarterback at Marple Newtown, throwing for 5,897 yards and 53 touchdowns from 1993 to 1995. After going to Villanova on a scholarship, the Broomall native transferred to Shippensburg and passed for 6,325 yards and 65 touchdowns in three seasons. That was followed by a brief stint in the Arena Football League II. Following in the footsteps of his father, Harry, Gicking spent 13 years as an assistant at Conestoga. Things came full circle when he took over at Marple Newtown last year following Ray Gionta's move to Sun Valley.
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October 31, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Matt Rhule was introduced as Temple's new head coach, there was a suggestion that razzle-dazzle offensive football would be part of the package. Even the school's president began talking about "a much more open offense than we've had in the past. " That wasn't a song and dance. That was the plan in 2013 and it was executed. But on the list of reasons why the Owls are 7-0 and ranked 21st nationally, scaling back on the razzle-dazzle is pretty high. It turned out there was razzle without the dazzle.
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September 22, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
With a new head coach and offensive scheme, a reenergized William Tennent football squad is 3-0 and eyeing its first winning season since 2005. "We're pretty excited about the start we've had," senior H-back and inside linebacker Derek Finley said. "Now we have to carry this into our league schedule. " Leo Plenski took over the Panthers after spending five seasons, including three as boss, at Bristol. The 29-year-old was an offensive lineman at Bristol and Lafayette. Tennent, which went 5-6 overall and 2-5 in the Suburban One League Continental Conference last season, rolled to a 54-14 win over Oxford last Friday night.
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September 12, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's the year of the quarterback in South Jersey football. Again. Every season, more and more teams seem more and more dependent on the guy under center (or more accurately, on the guy calling the signals in the shotgun formation). This season, that seems especially true. The passing game appears to become more prominent every season, thanks to the trickle-down influence of the professional and college games, the proliferation of 7-on-7 leagues in the summer and the growth of the no-huddle, spread offense.
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February 21, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Chip Kelly once preferred Brett Hundley to Marcus Mariota. But Hundley chose UCLA and Kelly settled on Mariota, and somewhere over the next three years Oregon proved to get the better college quarterback. Mariota is also expected to be the better NFL prospect and likely out of reach for Kelly and the Eagles, who have the 20th overall selection in the first round of the NFL draft. But Hundley should be available when the Eagles pick, and possibly in the second or third round, as well.
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February 20, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - Evaluating quarterbacks never has been easy. In the past 40 years, there have been far more early-round busts at the position than success stories. But the popularity of the spread offense in the college game and all of the bells and whistles that go with it have turned the imperfect science of judging quarterback flesh into something akin to nuclear physics. "It's getting harder and harder [to evaluate them]," Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said.
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