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Wanted some opinions, do y'all think its just a fad and defensive coordinators will figure it out or do you see it becoming more popular?
I think it's a fad similar to when the wildcat hit the scene
Win we shall, yes we can, yes we will.
Reasons? I'm just curious
This post was edited by Samwho19 14 months ago
I think it will stick around with a few teams (Redskins, Carolina maybe, Seahawks, 49ers). Requires a pretty particular skillset in a qb though. Faking the zone read then pulling up and throwing it is a good option too. The spread is already infiltrating the NFL. I think the wildcat was pretty different. More of a special package than an entirely new offense using your starting qb.
I think it's here to stay. We won't see a team make it the focal point of their offense but a lot of teams will have a few formations they run it out of. If you have the QB for it like San Fran, Carolina, Washington then it's a great wrinkle to bring in especially against teams with aggressive pass rushers on the edge.
If I'm a DE I'm licking my chops. These teams figure out the DE kills the qb every time they run, forcing the handoff to the opposite direction for the rest of the team to handle, and all it is is a handoff with a now floppy qb. There is the legit pass threat off of it, but a very sore qb throwing. I think it will be a wrinkle, but not the main offense unless you have 3 qbs with same skill set.
I do think the mobile qb vs the statue is here to stay,however.
We are about to find out with Chip Kelly.
I think its here to stay too.
I think its here to stay, much like the forward pass
there is a reason that the NFL has not run option in its offenses before. The QB position is too hard to fill and too valuable to risk for some running yards. I cannot see it as a part of the base offense of an NFL team.I can see it for a change of pace to fool the defense but in this offseason the NFL defenses will study this and come up with the schemes to defeat it just like they did with the wildcat. the NFL has the best coaches in the world for football. You cannot fool them for long. QBs getting the ball consistently where the defenses can easily attack them will result in a lot of hurt QBs. Many teams seasons have been ruined by losing their QBs. This is no different.
This post was edited by rainag 14 months ago
It's all about the play action. The actual zone read part will be figured out this offseason, not hard to scheme for it. If the ZR continues to open up the passing game teams will continue to use it for that. The moneyball aspect of drafting running QBs that traditionally aren't high picks (wilson) is very intriguing.
The true way to defeat this is with the rules. The slide rule for the QB was meant to save him from contact and now a great advantage has come as after a solid pickup of 4-x yards a QB can just hit the dirt and contact is forbibben to the tune of 15 yds. The ZR makes the QB a runner as it is a run option with a pass possible. My view is if he executes a fake and starts to run you can hit him slide or not, jost like in CFB. There is no difference and a few Coaches have circumvented the "intent" of the rule; the rule was BS, is now truly BS, and needs an interpretation or an amendment.
Coordinators know how to stop it, the difference right now is the athleticism at the QB position. I think you will continue to see NFL teams with athletic QBs run this just enough to keep the defense honest. It forces NFL defenses to spend time each week preparing...even if you don't have any intent of actually reading it.
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