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Controversial opinion: the read option should not be totally abandoned

Dec 03 2012 08:57 PM The_Mango55 Carolina Panthers
When utilized effectively (like it was last year and over the last few games) the read option can actually be tremendously dangerous. It is not effective when the entire offense is based around it.

The most dangerous part about the read option is its unpredictability and the radically different way that a defense has to adjust compared to standard pro option. But when teams only have to prepare for that its weaknesses are exposed.

I made this comparison in another thread, but the triple option is like a changup in baseball. It can be very effective, especially with pitchers who have a very good changeup. But if you threw a changeup with every pitch it would just be a really slow fastball.

In conclusion, keep the read option but only run it 5-8 times a game (more if its killing the other team and they are totally unprepared for it)

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In conclusion, keep the read option but only run it 5-8 times a game (more if its killing the other team and they are totally unprepared for it)


I agree.
I completely agree. Just don't make it your base running offense like we did earlier (and now we're struggling anyways because the offensive line has collapsed.)
Completely agree. It's part of what makes Cam dangerous.
Pretty sure this has been discussed ad naseum... it works, but not as the base offense.
I don't think anyone wants it to be ditched. Just not 70% of the offense.
Just watch the 49ers or the Seahawks and that's pretty much what I'd think we should try. Coryell-esque base package with special sets dispersed accordingly.

Another reason to go after Greg Roman for HC imo
Only if used as a part of the offense not as the base like we did in the beginning of the year.
Yeah the issue was the fact that they were using it as the base offense.
And only use it when it would make sense to use it! Not on 2nd and 19 after Cam took a killer sack. I'm still mad that Chud dialed that one up!
I don't think this is such a controversial opinion. The only reason we scream "rip the fuging read option section out of the playbook" is our coaching staff are morons.

Used sparingly and intelligently it can be a three or four time a game middle finger to the opposing defense.

Used as the base set for the entire fuging offense it can be a not so subtle middle finger to our developing QB...and our RBs who are given the ball 5 yards deep while not fuging moving.
Chud made a foul using it on every play!
By the way we don't use the draw play anymore! Not with cam but the rb
I just feel like our read option is so vanilla compared to the Redskins Read option. I also think Chud should've fully dived into running it out of the pistol formation like the Skins. Especially with our backs, and it provides great protect, when u run the fake out of it.
The read option isn't the problem. The reason it hasn't been as effective is because out O-line run can't block and our OC doesn't run it right.
Hardly controversial...
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carolina-chuck
Dec 03 2012 10:39 PM
Why? Bc you are watching RGIII and the Redskins are you?
I never thought it should be COMPLETELY abandoned at all, but it should definitely NOT be our BASE offense like it is now, Chud just went full braindead on this offense
It works a lot when cam keeps it but it never works when he gives it to the running back.
It's a high risk, high reward play. If it works you're almost guaranteed at least 5 yards, if it doesn't you're essentially giving up a sack. It has it's place as a legit nfl play if you have the qb for it.
Agree, the read-option is a good wrinkle when used at the right times during the game... has to be setup by a good running game.
If i'm not mistaken, we did use it 2 or 3 times quite good against KC. So I agree with the limited use.
Welcome to week 2 of the season.
We need to establish a power running game like in our glory days. Especially if we still have Williams, Stewart and Tolbert on the roster next season.

But yes, still break out the read option every once in a while. If you have a QB that absolutely dominates that scheme then why not catch some teams off guard with it?

I just feel like our read option is so vanilla compared to the Redskins Read option. I also think Chud should've fully dived into running it out of the pistol formation like the Skins. Especially with our backs, and it provides great protect, when u run the fake out of it.

yep. agreed. it would be a lot more effective running it out of the pistol. i'd also incorporate a lot of no-huddle, hurry up offense when running it and allow cam to switch up the play calls on the line based on what the defense is scrambling to set up in hurry up mode.

the read option isn't the problem. it's the play calling and running of the offense that is the problem. it's the patchwork oline. it's having a sophomore QB starting (complete with the occasional brain farts and bad throws that comes with inexperience). it's having WRs make dumb mistakes. it's having a defense that gets soft at the end and puts the offense in bad positions.
i think this has been a given(in the NFL) since like the 50's or 60's