Read option adds to coaching nightmares
Posted January 14, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Ever wonder where the read-option offense originated? Steve Logan said Monday that it goes back to the 1960s and is a spin-off of the wishbone. It is that scheme that is emerging in the NFL and giving defenses trouble.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick put on a tutorial this weekend against the Green Bay Packers using the zone option as he ran for an NFL record by a quarterback, amassing 181 yards and two touchdowns.
“In the NFL, the defensive coordinators are mentally programmed to stop the passing game and the traditional power run game,” Logan said while joining Mark and Mike on 620 The Buzz for his weekly segment. “All of a sudden, this other little wrinkle has come and shown its face and it’s showing its face on first, second and third down. On third and four, you are sitting there thinking, ‘oh my god, it could be a zone read now.’”
And speaking of defense, Logan said even though the Baltimore Ravens got the miraculous touchdown late to beat the Broncos, it was their defense that really allowed them to win the game. Oh, and the bye week for Denver may have actually been a disadvantage.
Logan also went deeper Monday into late-game clock management and explained how bowl games and playoffs are increasingly becoming just an extra game to get a coach fired.
“There’s three people on the team you don’t want to be: the head coach, the kicker or the long snapper,” Logan said.
But why would you never want to be a head coach? Because it’s just never fun explained Logan.
“Eventually the pressure just beats you to smithereens because whatever it is you have done, it’s old news and you have to go do it again,” Logan said.