LOL, I initially took the title of this post as "justifying" the read option!
As soon as the QB's start getting sent to the emergency room this phase will stop, many team do not have a quality backup. After a few hard hits on the star players coaches will decide that the read option that exposes the key to the O to injury, they will move away from it.
"I want guys who want to make an impact on and off the field. Good human beings. Guys who want to get better. Guys who want to improve. They want to be great, want to win. Those types of guys we can work with every day." --Joe Philbin
- Defending the Read Option - What do you think?
It works in college because of the disparity of talent. stacked teams with speed and blue chip prospects run all over weaker teams.
The 49ers were effective because they are generally more talented than the rest of the NFL. You run into a good defense or good coaching, that garbage doesn't work. I'd be interested to know how teams faired running that against the patriots.
You're not blocking a player with this read option. That player, after realizing he's unblocked should blast the qb.
I'll admit that this offense can control the clock if you're already a good running tea, but can you live on 14-21 points a game, see broncos with teblow, against teams like the packers, pats, ravens, 49ers and every other explosive offense that puts crazy points up in bunches? If you honestly think this is a viable offense going forward in the NFL, your football IQ isn't very high.
The 49ers did run their Pistol Offense against the Patriots and for most of the game had their way with them.