The spread offense is many things to many different teams

The term "spread offense" can mean many different things based on the team and quarterback running the system, writes Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay.

Updated: August 29, 2008, 3:08 PM ET
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
College football has officially morphed into Generation Spread.

The success Urban Meyer is experiencing at Florida has legitimized what was once considered a gimmicky brand of offensive football. As a result, new versions and wrinkles are popping up seemingly everywhere.

It's getting to the point where using the term "spread offense" for all the different variations is no longer effective. It's like referring to fettuccini, spaghetti and gnocchi all as pastas. Sure, they all belong in the pasta family, but I better be specific when I'm ordering at a restaurant.