Why option works, and why it won't continue

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by TonyRomo09, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Verdict

    Verdict Well-Known Member

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    I think your underlying premise is sound. A few years back I suggested that a team that ran an option style of attack could be successful in the NFL for the very reasons you stated above (minus all of the Pokemon references) I suggested that it would be interesting if a really horrible team brought in a guy like Barry Switzer and let him do his thing that it would chance the poor team overnight.

    Look at it like this .... there are many tons of mobile option types of QB's in the college ranks that could be drafted in the 5th round (or even acquired as free agents) you could keep four QB's on your roster and a stable of running backs. The Larry Warfords and Chance Warmacks of the world could be utilized to grind out and overpower the defensive side of the ball.

    Moreover, running backs come cheap in the NFL. Time of possession is paramount. The only down side to that is that you don't really want to get behind or you would be in trouble. I think teams like that would put most of their resources into building a killer defense and assembling cheap but effective talent on offense.

    The other advantage to this system is that instead of paying a QB 20 million per year, you spend maybe 4 or 5 million (or less) on all of the QB's on your roster. It would enable you to be competitive every year, and it wouldn't take players long to learn the offensive system. Speed in a QB (and decision making) would be much more important than his arm. The fact you are mining players no one else wants makes it very easy and cheap to acquire those players and improvement can be made much more swiftly than when every team wants the same players you do. Contrarian thinking pays off in some instances.
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  2. Gadfly22

    Gadfly22 Active Member

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    Speaking for myself, it's not that I'm "too cool" for such references. It's just that they didn't make sense to me. I thought for a second that a serious-sounding post had gone all trollish. "Squirtle" just sounded like a nasty dysentery-like defensive squat. Then "Charmander" rang a bell (my kids liked Pokemon for a while) -- but I still don't know if there is some characteristic of the Poke-critters mentioned that added meaning that I missed.

    Not criticizing. It's just that I'm not the audience who can best make sense of those cultural references. I still don't know what "dubstep" is. Or "twerking".
  3. CooterBrown

    CooterBrown Well-Known Member

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    Count me in the "too old" to get it crowd. I followed the logic, but thought OP was just making up words. :)
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  4. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    I have no friggen clue what is being said in this thread!

  5. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    I remember coming to roughly the same conclusions, down to the ease of getting QBs that would fit this type of system. Don't think I'd prioritized the building of a top defense due to difficulties of coming from behind, but that makes sense too.

    Also as a certified 'old phart' I didn't get the Pokemon references, but I don't get the dudgeon about the comparison.
  6. TwoDeep3

    TwoDeep3 Well-Known Member

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    Well, your theory is based on a fallacy.

    It has gone to a passing game because the owners see the fans like scoring and have changed the rules and eroded any pass defense with interference penalties that allow the receiver unfettered access to the ball.

    But as teams put more and more pass defenders on the field the pendulum will swing back and a running team will succeed.

    I would suspect if the game swung to 100% passing - and that is difficult to conceive - the rules will be adjusted.
  7. TwoDeep3

    TwoDeep3 Well-Known Member

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    How is this different than usual? :C)
  8. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    I don't know why I come here...
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  9. TwoDeep3

    TwoDeep3 Well-Known Member

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    Because you feel the love, bro.
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  10. coult44

    coult44 Well-Known Member

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    What the H____ did I just read? LOL....
  11. Lonestar94

    Lonestar94 Well-Known Member

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    Bunch of old farts in this thread.

    - Proud 90's kid
  12. Toruk_Makto

    Toruk_Makto Well-Known Member

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    Good job. Good effort.
  13. AsthmaField

    AsthmaField Outta bounds

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    "Everything is cyclical."

    ~Mutant Ninja Cabbage Patch
  14. Supercowboy1986

    Supercowboy1986 Well-Known Member

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    Meh people on this forum are such babies. Yes it was a Pokemon analogy and yes I understood what the op meant. It's just nice to see something creative instead of the the same repetitive threads. So despite the flaming good job op.
  15. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    The only thing you could possibly be missing is that the Pokemon he mentioned all have weaknesses and strengths against each other. Kind of a rock, paper, scissors thing as mentioned earlier. And just like rock, paper, scissors, there is no "one ring to rule them all", there is always a strength and a weakness.

    The read open, in the OP's opinion, is simply taking advantage of defenses that have been built to stop the pass. I think there's probably some truth to that.
  16. john van brocklin

    john van brocklin Captain Comeback

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    The option wont stick around long , because its gonna get the QB running it killed see RG3
  17. Verdict

    Verdict Well-Known Member

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    If you could afford 3 or 4 RG3's on the roster you would run the hell out of the option, which is the point of this thread. RG3 is a rare guy who can run and pass but he is paid based mostly on his ability to pass the ball. If he was a marginal passer he could be had at a fraction of the cost.
  18. Fredd

    Fredd Well-Known Member

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    so, I turn 51 next week, and thus, to many of you I am old...I followed the thought process, but I didn't (and still don't) know the value of those names in pokemon....and, isn't pokemon getting stale?

    I would offer that while the OP thinks of some of us as "too old" to get the reference, perhaps you are too young to field a response that all are capable of understanding or following? :D
  19. Carharris2

    Carharris2 Well-Known Member

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    Is that what they were? Um all
  20. john van brocklin

    john van brocklin Captain Comeback

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    Sorry, I did not really get the point of the OP as I am not into Pokamon , LOL

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