Tampa didn't have a big lead...
Rivera talked about Stewart on his weekly Sirius appearance......the read option only has a threat of the inside read runs with Stewart.....per Rivera. THAT threat changes how a defensive front plays. We saw that when Stewart was out. They only worry about outside options which lets the defensive front t off more. They can rush the passer all out bc the runs are also going where the DEs want to penetrate if it was a pass.
That inside threat keeps a D from being from attacking all out from start to finish. opens up more for the O.
Tampa is the fourth best run defense in the league, stacked eight men in the box and had a coach accustomed to playing the option.
No where did I argue that Stewart didn't change defenses style. My point is that the biggest reason we burned them was due to real poor run defenses. The only exception (NYG) had the benefit of a big, early and growing lead.