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PFT: Defenses are obsessed with stopping the read option

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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.co...ith-stopping-the-read-option/#comment-2398707

"The 2013 offseason already has a theme.

Stop the read option.

We’ve heard it from coaches and from General Managers. Defensive coordinators are pissed about the ability of quarterbacks to play a Jedi mind trick by simply putting the ball in the stomach of the tailback and then making a decision as to whether to let it go or take it back based on the movement of the defenders."

Obsessed. That is how scared the league is of RG3. Obsessed.

Then the article quotes Jaws for some of his usual dumbassery:

"“I’ve probably spoke to 20 scouts today [at the West Virginia Pro Day workout] and what everyone is doing right now is preparing to stop this read option this whole offseason,” Jaworski said. “Either the QB is going to get crushed or someone is going to stop it. I think it’s going to be a combination of both.”

He added that Eagles coach Chip Kelly will not be able to run his Oregon offense at the NFL level. “Categorically, it will not work,” Jaworski said."
 

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revolution and then evolution :)

remember Gibbs' one back offense? no one could figure that out from 1982-84.

then when the Giants and Bears ended up figuring out how to stop it by getting quick penetration between the guards, Gibbs employed the three wide receiver set to spread the defenses out and we still got runners over 1,000 yards.

The NFL WILL figure out strategies to limit the read option and indeed stop it for copycat teams that start to employ it but lack the talent of the Redskins or the 49ers at the position.

But you will see guys like Griffin and Kaepernick that can throw the ball without gimmicks evolve in the offense and their OCs will come up with counter moves.
 

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Actually, we did a pretty good job of limiting Seattle's attempt at the read option in the playoff game. They had a total of 8 possession in the 2nd half and could only squeeze out 10 points. That is pretty good defensive play against a team that was fairly successful at the read option.

How did we do it? Reed Doughty shadowed Wilson for most of that game. He had 2 sacks because of it.
 

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Actually, we did a pretty good job of limiting Seattle's attempt at the read option in the playoff game. They had a total of 8 possession in the 2nd half and could only squeeze out 10 points. That is pretty good defensive play against a team that was fairly successful at the read option.

How did we do it? Reed Doughty shadowed Wilson for most of that game. He had 2 sacks because of it.
Remember, Wilson's attempt was only a cheap imitation. There is only one RG3, and he was embarrassing the Seahawk defense until he tweaked his knee.
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revolution and then evolution :)

remember Gibbs' one back offense? no one could figure that out from 1982-84.

then when the Giants and Bears ended up figuring out how to stop it by getting quick penetration between the guards, Gibbs employed the three wide receiver set to spread the defenses out and we still got runners over 1,000 yards.
But the Shanahan's are no Joe Gibbs
 

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But the Shanahan's are no Joe Gibbs
True that. Clan Shanahan should thank Cthulhu every single day that RG3 saved that ass. I know I'm in the minority here, but I'll never forgive M.S. for his mishandling of the greatest rookie of all time...
 

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Gibbs was an interesting mix as coach of being loyal to players and letting them play but also estimating how much they could actually give him and benching them if they were too far below 100%.

In Riggins' case in 1983 he allowed him to come in and play on Sundays with no practice time after getting traction during the week to decompress his back, but in other instances he sat guys like Rich Milot and Clint Didier when they were less than 100%.

He seemed to have good intuition as to whether in football lexicon a player was 'injured' or 'hurt'.

Shanahan showed last year in the playoff game against Seattle he for a moment lost sight of the long-term interests of the Washington Redskins, namely to build a team to win the Super Bowl not win a wildcard game and lose your quarterback for 12 months.
 

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