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Is the Read Option Destroying our Runningbacks?

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While watching NFL Playbook Baldinger brought up a good point, the read option eliminates any options the runningbacks have once they get the ball. It has turned all of our runningbacks into the exact same back(one cut and go). It has eliminated all potential cutbacks and outside runs, not to mention the back never actually knows if they are going to get the ball so it creates hesitation.

Probably explains why Stewart has had more success in this scheme than Deangelo, as one of Deangelo's greates strengths is vision, and it becomes moot in this system.

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Yes.

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Change title to: Is the Read Option Destroying our Offense?

Answer: Hell yes.

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A blind person could see that the read option is killing our run game...why can't our coaching staff???

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We will know what this staff truly is about come tomorrow.

If we see more of the same garbage that produces losses...then we know they are incapable of leading this team to being a winner

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Read option isn't killing us.....how we are using it and to the degree we are is.

2011 - #1 rushing TDs and #1 ypc - Carolina (read option)

2012 to date? #1 rushing TDs and #2 ypc - is a read option team.

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I know you were all chomping at the bit for my two cents to pop up. Well here you go.

CRA is close. It is the way we are running the read option. Last year there was lots of movement after the snap. Everyone looked busy. Defenses had to follow everyone. This year. The plays is stagnant. No movement from anyone, so the D just goes to the ball.

Get back to the aggressive read option. Where at least the back is attacking the line of scrimmage when he gets the ball. Make that DE make a decision quicker. Then use his mistake against him. Get quicker. Play with urgency. And be aggressive. That is a read option.

IMO, All we are doing is a delayed handoff, or a modified draw. No where near a read option type offense. Get some movement going. Make the D react to you. That is what I miss most from last year. That aggressive offense was a thing of beauty.

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Change title to: Is the Read Option Destroying our Offense?

Answer: Hell yes.

pretty much this...but i would also add "over-use of".

read option is a solid concept that can work...if the other team isn't expecting and getting it so often from our offense. the option has done nothing but limit what we do.

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read option is only a play you use every now and then to keep the defense off balance. Not as a f**king base offense. It's the equilivant of a team using the wildcat as a base. It's stupid as hell.

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A college style offense in the NFL: no.

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Again, it isn't the play, it's just the degree to which we use it. I echo the need for that aggressive style of offense we saw last season. That was what made us successful. Moving guys pre-snap, create coverage confusion, cause teams to re-think any blitzes. You break the huddle in a formation and stick in it, it's not hard to adjust to. You can do it every now and then, but you need some movement. We don't have very much of it.

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Oh look, ANOTHER read option thread.

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