Originally posted by UKNiners:
Really? Peyton Manning is not running it. They lined up in the pistol vs us in preseason week 1 as a joke. You really think the best thrower and offensive general of his generation is really going to resort to the read option?
As too whether it lasts, probably not. It will be somewhat succeful this year but phase out just like the wildcat from 5 years ago when Sparano ran it in Miami. And this worries me. Can CK be strictly a passing QB? He has the tools, however, his passing success is a product of playing the run e.g. Read option, to a degree. What happens when that is shutdown? Additionally, will head coaches continue to be willing to put their QBs in harms way? I don't see that lasting either. Give JH credit for running an O to his QBs strengths.
The pistol is a formation. The read option is a play. The Wildcat is really nothing more than using a RB at QB and running variations of the read option. The Wildcat fell out of use due to predictability.
If you have a player like Kap or RG3 back there instead of a RB, you aren't nearly as limited or predictable as you would be running the Wildcat.
The reason the read option has been so effective at the college level the past 10 years is that it puts the defense in a bind. You can key on the QB, but it comes at the expense of opening things up inside for the dive man, and vice versa.
The triple option fell out of favor because QBs take a beating on the pitch virtually every single time. Otherwise it is arguably the most difficult play to defend in football. It's why Navy and Air Force remained competitive in football despite vastly inferior talent. Option football poses many problems for a defense.
The QB taking a beating isn't nearly as much of a concern with the read option. If you hit the QB while he's carrying out his fake, it's unnecessary roughness and 15 yards. The QB doesn't have to keep the ball nearly as long with the read option, and he doesn't expose himself to contact nearly as much as he would with the triple option.
It'll be awhile before it falls out of favor. A long while.
[ Edited by JamesGatz83 on Aug 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM ]