After we saw San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick run wild all over the Green Bay Packers secondary with the Quarterback read-option, we’re seeing more teams going after read-option quarterbacks.
Kaepernick ran for 181 yards against the Packers, shattering the single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback in both the regular season and playoffs.
A couple weeks after the Superbowl, news broke that the Chicago Bear were looking at turning Jay Cutler into a read-option quarterback. Most recently, however, the Cleveland Browns said they want a read-option quarterback. Furthermore, Kirk Cousins, a backup for the Washington Redskins behind Robert Griffin III wants to improve his read-option game. When Cousins had to replace RGIII he was more of a traditional pocket passer.
Personally, the Read-option play is not unlike the Wildcat formation we saw the Miami Dolphins and, later, the Philadelphia Eagles use a couple years ago with Michael Vick. In fact, when the New York Jets brought in Tim Tebow they were rumored to be switching to it but never did and Tebow was seldom used. Where did the Wildcat go? Defenses caught on to it and now it’s not used as much.
Still, teams like the Redskins ans Seattle Seahawks saw success running the quarterback read-option. Dual-threat quarterbacks like Kaepernick, RGIII and Russel Wilson have an added element traditional quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers don’t have. Defenses never know whether to expect the run or the pass. Sure, Rodgers has shown running ability in the past. He may even been able to run the ball for 20 yards in a play. However, the fact that he’ll just stand there and take the sack instead of taking off when he has an open lane says it’s not his style.
We’ve seen mobile quarterbacks in the past, like Steve Young, but never on this magnitude.
With the quarterback read-option becoming more popular, will teams catch on and stop it? Will it go the way of the Wildcat?
As teams become more and more prepared for the dual-threat quarterback scenario, these kinds of quarterbacks may not have the kinds of big games with saw with Kaepernick, RGIII or Wilson.
Do you guys think the quarterback read-option is here to stay or is it a fad?
The Packers have said they have no intention of turning Aaron Rodgers into a read-option quarterback. It could be that he’s their franchise quarterback. maybe the Packers don’t want to risk him getting hurt, especially after what happened to RGIII.
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