You know how you wake up on Sunday morning and enjoy the challenge of trying to complete the crossword puzzle or the Sudoku in the newspaper? That’s how
Since the season has ended, though, we keep hearing that coaches are champing at the bit to figure it out.
"I think it's the flavor of the day,"
For each of those quarterbacks, a big chunk of those yards came after escaping the pocket on passing plays, like the Week 14 scramble against the Ravens when Griffin first tweaked his knee.
But as I wrote before the Super Bowl, the designed read-option plays teams like the 49ers used caught defenses off guard because defenders hesitated while trying to figure out if the quarterback was going to hand the ball off to the running back, keep it and run, or keep it and throw a play-action pass over their heads.
Many had never faced it before. Sure, younger defenders saw these kinds of plays in college, which are now being infused into pro offenses, but before playing the 49ers in the Super Bowl, when do you think was the last time
Players and, probably more importantly, coaches have gotten a bitter taste of that flavor of the week, though, and coaches in particular seem to believe that the read-option is a passing fad, one that will go the way of the Wildcat.
“It’s like when the Wildcat first came out and [the
It was a mixed bag for the Ravens when it came to defending the scheme in the Super Bowl. Kaepernick ran for 62 yards and a touchdown and the 49ers as a team rushed for 182 yards on 6.3 yards per carry in the Super Bowl. But Kaepernick actually only kept the ball on a read-option run once, picking up three yards on the play. And the 49ers did most of their damage after defensive tackle
This upcoming regular season, the Ravens will not play any teams that ran the read-option in 2012. Their schedule is filled with more traditional pocket passers like