Mike Tomlin says that the read option offense is a fad

Is the read option going to stick around, or will NFL teams learn to eliminate it?

3/20/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5230 respect

Blog Photo - Mike Tomlin says that the read option offense is a fadThe read option offense is the latest craze in the NFL, and people are still trying to figure out how to stop it. Not only is it new and innovative (at least in the NFL), it is also being led by some of the best athletes the league has ever seen.

The key to running a successful read option is not necessarily just a QB who has blazing speed. We've seen speedy quarterbacks in the past who could never run this offense successfully in the NFL.

The reason Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson were so successful was because they are very good passers as well. Without the passing ability, the read option offense is absolutely impotent. Tim Tebow would be perfect for it, if not for the fact that he's an atrocious passer.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin doesn't think the read option will be around for very long, and says that he looks forward to finding a way for his defense to snuff it out. His reasoning for believing the read option won't survive is a bit ironic, however:

"I think it's the flavor of the day. We will see if it's the flavor of the year. We'll see if guys are committed to getting their guys hit."

It's a bit interesting to hear this from Tomlin, whose quarterback doesn't run anything even remotely similar to the read option, but still seems to get hit more often than anyone else.

Blog Photo - Mike Tomlin says that the read option offense is a fadSteelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, despite having a reputation for being one of the toughest QBs in football, has only played 16 games once in his 9-year career. In those 9 years, he has been sacked 344 times.

Then again, Roethlisberger's problem has nothing to do with the read option. More likely, it has something to do with his inability to read. Very few QBs in recent memory have taken as long as Roethlisberger to get rid of the football, and he has paid dearly over the years for it.

By allowing Roethlisberger to take the field, Tomlin tacitly acknowledges and accepts that he's going to get hit. So why wouldn't other teams be willing to do the same with a far superior athlete and a far superior offensive system?

Get used to it, folks. The read option (or some variation of it) is going to be around for a while.
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3/21/13   |   Pat   |   5230 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
It will last as long as the wildcat did. Someone will figure out how to stop it, and it will be gone.

But it's not a gimmick. The Wildcat was a gimmick, because it centered around a player taking a snap with everyone on the field knowing that he couldn't REALLY throw the ball.

The read option is just a conventional offense with an added wrinkle.

3/21/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

It will last as long as the wildcat did. Someone will figure out how to stop it, and it will be gone.