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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spread/Read Option Teams, and Backup QBs

I think it's interesting seeing teams flying around dealing with
quarterbacks lately, especially read option teams stockpiling backups
who can run the plays necessary to make it happen. And I don't get it.

I don't think that the ability to ball-carry as a QB is one to
discount. It's useful. But in each situation - Cam Newton, Russell
Wilson, Robert Griffin - you find a potentially lethal player making it
happen, that has an incredible ability to go with it (Newton has size,
and a cannon arm; Wilson is deadly accurate; Griffin is accurate and
very sudden as a runner).

And I just don't think, even with college experience at it, Colt McCoy
offers you the same thing.

Now, it's a backup situation. And McCoy makes more sense than dropping
a skill player in there situationally. But when it comes down to it,
don't you want a guy backing your QB that can go through the other parts
of the offense first?

Derek Anderson, for instance, could never be mistaken for a read option
QB. Any runs by him should be minimal. But experience, reading the
field, and the deep ball should be a bigger part of Carolina's offense,
with or without Cam Newton, than the read option. You have to run your
offense, not just the read option. You have to feed Steve Smith and
stretch the defense; you have to run the ball, regardless of how.

But, the league is coming around on that. In a copycat league, the
ability to pull off the read option's going to spread before it settles
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