SF ran the read option much more than 6 times against Atl. They easily ran it that many times on a single drive.
They kept handing the ball off over and over to the RB in the read option bc of the DE play....still a read option. Atl forced that...and paid for it. The DEs were playing contain and obviously doing it....let them be gashed by RBs as CK could easily call the RBs number. QB doesn't have to run for it to be the read option play.
Pitching is an an option play.....something totally different than the zone reads (read option) everyone is doing.
Actually a pitch can be run out of a double or triple option. What many folks confuse is what we did with Stewart which was actually a zone read dive play run out of a double option pistol formation. A double or triple option is defined by how many running options are in the backfield. But they are not something totally different. And there are different options within a read option like a dive, slant or sweep option. The action can go with the blocking or against the blocking scheme.
A quarterback who runs the read option can run it as a dive play, slant play or as a pitch. Many times the read option dive is run out of the double option in the pistol formation where the read option pitch is run out of the triple option but it can be run out of the double. The reason it isn't run out of the double option often is because the dive play freezes the linebackers. Without it, the linebacker can shut it down easily.
For a better understanding on what we do in the read option, here is a good article.http://www.grantland...ne-read-package
And if you are really bored, here is a series of article synopses with links to the whole article talking about all the various options and how to defend them.http://smartfootball.com/tag/zone-read
The problem is that people use the term read option or zone read as if it is a specific play and it really is a process of keying your option off a specific defender which can be the backside DE, the front side DE, or a DT.