Originally posted by thl408:
Just because it's unconventional, doesn't make it a gimmick offense. It carries a negative connotation, it seems. To me it's not a gimmick, it's a version of evolution in an offense that is trying new ways to attack.
The read-option play out of the pistol formation is considered gimmicky, but it tore apart defenses last season. Doesn't seem negative to me. Even Peyton ran a read-option looking play last week.
Run and shoot: it worked for awhile, until the Oilers couldn't hang on to a 4 TD lead by not being able to run the ball. I can still see it being a viable option if the defense has sub par nickel/dime DBs. It should still be used in the proper situation imo.
Wildcat: it worked for awhile, until defenses did not respect the pass. It could be still be used when the situation dictates it.
4-6 defense: I've never heard it described as a gimmick defense even though it has the characteristics of an offense that is labeled a gimmick. Unconventional, different from how a "standard" defense plays.
4-6? I'm assuming you mean "46".
Unconventional in terms of the aggressiveness.....high risk/reward. Needs a lot of defensive talent to pull off, perhaps no longer possible in the modern era of free agency and salary cap.
The type of defense that made Montana struggle against Chicago in '85 and Steve Young against Houston in '93. I think combined TD passes by Montana & Young against those teams in 3 games is like 1 or 2.