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Have defenses begun to solve the shotgun spread?

TMQ breaks down the AFC team by team and wonders if defenses are catching up to the shotgun spread. TMQ

Updated: August 26, 2008, 12:58 PM ET
By Gregg Easterbrook | Special to Page 2

Football pundits say the NFL is a copycat league -- pundits even copy the copycat line. So which tactic of last year will be copied this year?

Based on the trend, you'd think the shotgun spread will be the copycat's favorite. No football tactic has proliferated faster, not the veer option in the 1970s, not the West Coast in the 1980s or the no-huddle in the 1990s. As recently as the 2004 season, shotgun spread formations were a rarity at all levels of football. In that year, when ...

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