Originally posted by Kronos2560:
I honestly believe that the Ravens solved the mystery to this in the superbowl. It doesn't matter who takes the ball, as long as you take a shot on the QB, thats all that matters because he knows he HAS to give the ball every time or hes gonna get lit up for a loss. Since the QB is a runner before and after the fake, it is completely legal.
Once the QB throws up his hands, he can't be touched, that's what they are being trained to do. The Ravens didn't solve s**t, they still got lit the hell up in the 2nd half, if the refs make that pass interference call in the endzone as they should have, we're certainly not talking about how the Ravens "solved" anything.
The idea that people are bringing up was an older strategy where you physically beat the crap out of the QB to get the team to change their scheme, you can't do that anymore, so what's going to happen is that the QB either ends up getting shoved, or the defensive player ends up getting flagged. Enough 15 yard penalties and defenses will have to find a new way to counter the read option.
Look around the league, now and into the future with guys like Bridgewater, Boyd and others coming on next year and its clear that we're entering an unprecedented era of super-athletic quarterbacks. The NFL is going to protect those quarterbacks, guys like Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, RG3, Luck, those are their meal tickets heading into the future, if defenders repeatedly cross the line, you can expect the NFL to drop the hammer even further.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Aug 31, 2013 at 8:45 AM ]