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Default What is the 'Read Option' - 13.08.2013, 05:24 PM

Is it a fancy name given to the idea that the quarterback should 'have a look at what's going on and then decide what to do, rather than sticking to a pre-selected play' ?

Why is there such a large amount of discussion about it; where some call it a formation and some a play?
   
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Default 13.08.2013, 06:20 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Read_option
   
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Default 13.08.2013, 08:32 PM

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Is it a fancy name given to the idea that the quarterback should 'have a look at what's going on and then decide what to do, rather than sticking to a pre-selected play' ?

Why is there such a large amount of discussion about it; where some call it a formation and some a play?
All quarterbacks at the highest level have a look at what's going on before deciding what to do...the pre-snap read.

In college - a lot of programs have the offense go to the line in their base formation and then look to the sideline for the coach to call the play after looking over the defense.

In college the coach does it, in the pros the QB does it usually.
   
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Default 14.08.2013, 03:12 PM

"Option" is generally used for any action that changes depending on (usually one specific) defender's reaction.

"Read" option refers to a play where the QB will watch an (intentionally) unblocked defender on the off-side of the line during a hand-off (if the runner is going to the QBs right, a defender to his left is not blocked). If the defender "crashes" (chases the runner), the QB keeps the ball instead of handing off and runs through the spot the defender was at. If the defender stays in place, he gives the ball away and the play proceeds as normal. That's the "read" part.

The idea is to force a defender to "mirror" the QB so he does not have to be blocked.
   
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"Option" is generally used for any action that changes depending on (usually one specific) defender's reaction.

"Read" option refers to a play where the QB will watch an (intentionally) unblocked defender on the off-side of the line during a hand-off (if the runner is going to the QBs right, a defender to his left is not blocked). If the defender "crashes" (chases the runner), the QB keeps the ball instead of handing off and runs through the spot the defender was at. If the defender stays in place, he gives the ball away and the play proceeds as normal. That's the "read" part.

The idea is to force a defender to "mirror" the QB so he does not have to be blocked.
This is a good explanation of it, watch the Redskins thanksgiving game against the Cowboys last year. RGIII executed it brilliantly to nullify DeMarcus Ware.
   
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"Option" is generally used for any action that changes depending on (usually one specific) defender's reaction.

"Read" option refers to a play where the QB will watch an (intentionally) unblocked defender on the off-side of the line during a hand-off (if the runner is going to the QBs right, a defender to his left is not blocked). If the defender "crashes" (chases the runner), the QB keeps the ball instead of handing off and runs through the spot the defender was at. If the defender stays in place, he gives the ball away and the play proceeds as normal. That's the "read" part.

The idea is to force a defender to "mirror" the QB so he does not have to be blocked.
Great explanation. Also, the defender the QB is looking it is almost always a DE or OLB.
   
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Why is there such a large amount of discussion about it; where some call it a formation and some a play?

Check out this column

and this too

It isn't any one formation or play rather then a concept, and as you can read in the Seattle preview there can be a lot of different plays called depending on the backfield personnel in place. Imagine a triple option where Wilson fakes a hand off to Lynch, then scoots off to the weak side and then lobs it to Harvin at the last second... gives defences too many gaps to fill. As the Stanford DC explained it can only be contained by discipline and good tackling.

Teams like GB and Atlanta have sought advice from college DCs on how to slow the option down, rather than stop it, which has not been possible this far. In that sense it has a better chance to stick in the NFL considering it is more than just one trick play (which the wildcat was).
   
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I recommend everyone listen to the ross tucker podcast from either Wednesday or Monday whole show is on discussing the read option.
   
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I recommend everyone listen to the ross tucker podcast from either Wednesday or Monday whole show is on discussing the read option.
Ross Tucker is an excellent analyst, no idea why ESPN ditched him (probably too intelligent).

At the fan event that NFLUK ran with Mark Brunell, Jeff Reinebold did a great job of explaining the read option.

There are some videos on youtube explaining it using the NCAA football game. If you have that game it's great at teaching you because you play as the QB so you quickly see which player you need to focus on and how to exploit it.
   
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Default 16.08.2013, 10:44 PM

I run it as a coach as part of our package.

If you would like a more detailed breakdown from a technical perspective rather than a pundits take on it let me know. I have not read the articles posted. It never fails to amaze me the lack of knowledge even at TV level from ex NFL players about non pro familiar systems.

To me, 'read option' as a play translates in the same way as 'screen pass' - that is, it isn't a play in itself more a term to describe a certain type of play.

Might be a bit challenging with no graphics but I have done play breakdown's on here before, if required we could look at 2 or 3 types under the umbrella.
   
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