Originally posted by Joecool:
Mangini and and Mike from Mike and Mike provided an interesting way to stop it. You know how a few times the DE was standing there staring at Kaep after the handoff? Well, Mangini said you don't have the DE make a read. You have him go full speed at the QB and hit him as hard as you can and completely ignore the hand-off to the RB.
You do that a few times and that QB's head coach will call it less in order to not put his QB in a position to get injured.
Mangini is right, that is a free hit on the QB and it would be legal considering the threat of the QB running.
What Mangini is talking about is called a scrape-exchange - the DE automatically takes the QB option every time, while the playside OLB takes the dive man every time. (Obviously if the DE can get a free hit on the QB after the mesh, it's a bonus.) It's one of the oldest ways to stop the option.
The counter is obvious though: make someone other than the DE the read for the option. I.e., on an option left, Staley would actually kick-out block the DE, Iupati would turn loose the DT and take on the OLB directly. Kaep would read the free DT to determine whether to give the ball or keep it.
Usually the most tried-and-true way to stop the option , regardless of the defensive scheme, was just make the QB keep it and hit him hard when he runs. Most teams won't run their QB for 5 yard gains all the way down the field, he'd be a dead man walking soon enough.