Originally Posted by AcheTen
The read option isn't going to be "figured out" any more than the West Coast Offense was. It's not a gimmick or a trick offense. It's a way to exploit a numbers mismatch based on personnel groupings. Those things can be adjusted to with different schemes, but defenses will always sacrifice one thing to help another in that case.
The read option is exactly a gimmick offense. You run it once in a while to take advantage of your opponents misplaying it.
But you are right, it isn't going to be figured out. It already has been. Coaches just need time to train their players; they're not going to beat in how to defend the read option in the middle of a season. This offseason, however, they will and the success rate will drop dramatically.
The problem with the teams running it most prevalently is that they are incredibly talented. Any offense that has them running the ball is going to be successful. RG when he was healthy was unstoppable running the ball. The niners OLine and overall offensive talent is unstoppable. The Seahawks got amazing play from Wilson and Lynch.
Stick a linebacker on the QB and tell him to WAX him every read option play. That pretty much solves it. You saw it happen to very good success in the playoffs. Watch the niners patriots game. Yup, the Pats got waxed. But they also eliminated the option and turned it into simple handoffs. The option was useless on that day, but again; the niners have superior offensive talent and still put up 41. You saw the option shred the Packers; but watch the tape, it's because the Packers defenders played it COMPLETELY wrong and were simply outclassed. That front seven on the Packers was NOT EVEN CLOSE to the level of talent of the 49ers Oline and running game. The option just happened to be the vessel of that beating, it wasn't the cause.
Anyway. Back to Rodgers. The deal hasn't been announced and isn't complete. And the headline is deceiving; it is reported they are working on a 4 year 100 mil extension, with that 100 mil being rolled into the current contract as well. Ie.. not a 4 year, $25 mil a year contract, realistically closer to an all new, 6 year $120 mil contract.