The most dangerous read option team in the NFL right now is San Fran -- and this is because of 1. their HORSES up front, 2. Colin Kapaernick's talent built for read option, and 3. skill level at WR and TE, and to lesser degree, RB.
San Fran is simply the most talented team in the NFL roster wise, top to bottom. But this year is their year, because next year teams will be adapting personnel, much like the Phins are doing this year. It just takes time to get the right personnel, and wholesale changes such as the Phins are making are hard for teams to do -- and it's so hard that only one side can really be done in one year, and this not completely... hopefully our O will be remade next year, w. speed and suddenness at all skill positions. But right now, we have to realize what they're doing on D, and be grateful.
fascinating read. good stuff!!
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- Defending the Read Option - What do you think?
When the West Coast Offense was first implemented by Bill Walsh not many people really understood how easy it makes things for a QB. The stats a QB can put up in that offense as far as completion percentage and yardage are ridiculous. Tons of short easy throws to big WR's and the QB gets credit for all the run after catch yardage these WR's generate. The read option is even easier for a QB. In addition to all the WCO stuff, it gets receivers wide open to the point of appearing completely uncovered in the 5-15 yard range that are nearly impossible to miss. You can see why so many QB's are drooling to run this system.
While I agree the read option was featured a lot last season, especially with the Niners and the Skins, I don't think it was the main reason we made those specific moves at the LB position. We added speed no doubt, and rushing the passer ability dramatically. Now that screams a lot more focus on stopping the Tom Bradys and Mannings of this world with freak TEs than concentrating on the new in vogue way to mask your QB's deficiencies. Which is exactly what the spread option read is. Don't get me wrong, it can be useful, just like the wildcat was for us, but in the end, you get in the playoffs and at some point you face a defense that wont fall for it. At that point, you'll have to rely on your QB, without his spread option mask...
You cannot compare the Wildcat to the read option.
Much like stopping the old options and wishbone (i'm so old I was a Wishbone QB in hs) one tactic is to 'simply" hit the QB often. Good plan until they run all over you with it. If the read option is "so easy" to stop then why is so many hs and college teams using it?
It worked pretty well for that Tebow guy. But then he is the only QB I've ever seen who can take those hits.
Its very simple... Hit the QB very very hard, very often.
Like Pagano said, he wont run the option because the city would run him out of the state if he risked Andrew Lucks health.
Let RG3 run and retire in a few years... Luck and Tannehill can carry the draft class just fine.
lol, so simple..............
p.s that is also the "easy" way to beat the Patriots with Tom Brady, all we do is hit him hard all game long.
I think the phrase is "easier said then done".