Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:47 PM
The Read Option wasn't successful because of how Tampa played it. Stewart could've played and it would've been the same results.
It took me watching the game 4 times to finally catch what Tampa was doing.
Tampa never asked their DEs to keep containment on our shotgun plays.
Their DEs crashed down everytime, so the hand off to the running back was never there.
If you look closely you'll notice that the corner back on whatever side Cam would line up on had containment, and would either run blitz right away, Spy Cam, or play the flats, with their first responsibility being Cam.
The very first play is a great example of this, and our WRs couldn't block them, because they would play inside of them.
Also if Cam was lined up on the side of their nickel back, he would take on this assignment instead of the outside CB.
We caught onto this in the 2nd half, which directly resulted in Smittys long catch and Lafells TD pass.
Chud himself killed alot of drives with his play calling, but I promise you the Read Option wasnt one. On every series that our read option run got stuffed, we still ended up getting a first down.
I originally walked away from this game ready to scrap the Read Option, but on 2nd thought, it's amazing how the playaction fake freezes the LBs and how easy it is to pass out of it, which we should've just kept doing.