Originally Posted by zack
I'm sure next season there will be someone to "hit" the QB on every play that they do the read option. And I'm sorry, the NFL rules cannot protect a QB that runs this kind of offense.
So expect these guys that run it, are going to take a beating next year. Well, one RGknee already did. That is going to curtail running that offense. When head coaches realize that their starting QB's are in vulnerable, they will move away from it.
Let's hope that is what happens. I don't like this offense in the NFL at all. I can watch that on Saturdays.
Why would the NFL change the rules to help defenses? When has the NFL ever done this? They want more scoring and less injuries, hence why they've made it harder for secondaries to cover receivers and harder for pass rushers to punish even quarterbacks who remain in the pocket. There will be no rule changes, count on it.
Here is something a lot of you guys have yet to realize. The read option actually saved RG3 from being put in IR this season. I am not saying Shanahan wasn't at fault for playing him after the Baltimore game, he shouldn't have played one game after that. But facts are facts, and the facts are that Griffin has taken all of his hard hits in traditional dropback plays, where the OL couldn't block the pass rush, and he scrambled. Every QB in this league scrambles away from pressure. His concussion came on a playaction roll out where no one was open and he ran to the sideline when he should've thrown it away. The Ngata injury was on a pass play where the OL allowed pressure on his right side, he scrambled left, took off and tried to get more yards scrambling up the middle of the field TOWARDS his pursuit. He has taken more hits in the pocket, and on unplanned scrambles, than running the read option. He should be thankful the Shanahans realized early on their offensive line would get him killed if he ran last year's offense and sought alternatives. With no RG3 against Cleveland, Cousins first 3 drives resulted in 2 punts and an INT. He didnt have a clean pocket on a single dropback pass. Morris was getting stuffed, as he has benefited more from the Pistol/read option than Griffin has. The offense didnt get rolling into Kyle Shananhan started calling bootleg, getting Cousins outside of the pocket and not a sitting duck.
If we had a quality offensive line, that didnt need the benefit of a defenses' hesitation in defending the pistol/read option, then they could afford to do less read option. But considering the success of running it, they'll likely keep it as a part of the gameplan even after improving personnel on the OL.
To get back to the topic at hand, you'll see more read option in the NFL because more and more of the quarterbacks in college are running this instead of a variation of the WCO or a even older vertical attack. The NFL has no choice but to adjust their offensive scheme to this or draft a QB to sit 2-3 years while an offense rooted in timing routes and reading progressions becomes second nature to them. The misconception is these QBs running read option CAN'T run your traditional offense, the reality is their coaches have found the read option is just more effective and lends no more risk to the QB than taking hits in the pocket. An offense that runs read option with an accurate passer is an offense that can't be schemed against.