Originally posted by Jcool:
Originally posted by thl408:
I think it's true that the read-option will not surprise anyone in 2013, and will lose some of its effectiveness. A general statement would be that the read-option was most effective in 2012 because it just hit the NFL by storm. In 2013, teams will prepare by looking at film from the GB/ATL/BAL game to see what their own team should and shouldn't do to combat the read-option. If that is what Steve Young meant, then I think it's true.
It's also true what most are saying in that Kap is so much more than just the read-option.
Just because it will not surprise anyone doesn't make it any less effective in 2013. Like the west cost offense, which was not schemed out of the NFL, the pistol/read option will stay as long as you have a QB that can throw as good as he can run with the ball.
I think a big reason it was as effective as it was, was because it was new to the scene. I'm not implying that it will be phased out like the run & shoot or the wildcat because I agree with what you said with the bolded. My point is that it may not be as effective as it was in 2012 due to defensive coordinators having more game film to study. Observing what other teams did and tweaking it to best serve their defense. For example, one thing we can assume is that no outside linebacker is going to blindly crash down to play the dive like how the Packer LB did on the 58 yard TD run.
Let's give some credit here to opposing defensive coordinators. They make adjustments too. They evolve as well. The read-option will have its moments, but they will come less frequently in 2013-14 imo. Obviously, I can only speculate. And I hope I am wrong.