NYT article about the New England Patriot offense:
Its "spread" features are noted in the article.
So, I guess it's maybe not true that the spread won't work in cold weather and that it's a gimmick offense suited only for mediocre college teams. /s
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Another NYT article, on Oregon football, that made me think of RichRod's offense (and its potential):
Why is it, again, that people are so in love with SMASHMOUTH football?