Originally posted by MortimerC:
Originally posted by fryet:
Not knowing much about football, I would think that the pistol read option would be easy to defend. Here is how I would do it:
1. Always have the DE bite on the running back, i.e. give the QB the read to keep the ball. This basically let's the defense call the play in the huddle.
2. Now that you know that the QB is going to run with the ball, you now need a defender to cover the space that the DE vacated, whether that be a LB, Safety, or CB.
3. If neither side changes, you now get to hit the QB 20 times in a game.
4. Presumably, the QB will stop reading the DE, and now look to see if someone is filling in the space for the DE. But they don't have much time to read the defense, and it won't be the same player filling in the spot each time.
5. Presumably, the QB will stop trusting their read, and even some times when there is a vacant spot behind the DE, the QB will hand off to the RB anyway.
One other way I would defend the pistol read/49er version. Blitz to the left side of the line. They seem to usually run to the defense's left when they run the option.
The Rams did this pretty successfully. We adapted and started looping the fullback to take care of the safety and just letting the DE crash and take himself out of the play. Another counter is to pass as somebody has said before. It's definitely a better defense than what the Packers and Falcons were doing.
Yeah, that's what we started to do. The defense commits a S, CB or LB, then we can even pull a guard to stuff that player.
Now, do you, as a DC, REALLY want a Guard lead blocking on a LB, CB, or FS? Kaep would have easy runs. Or you can just move the FB to block the extra rusher and have Kaep pass. The Defense is unmatched because now they are blitzing and we know EXACTLY where that blitz is coming from so Kaep throwing the ball vs man coverage...deadly.