Logan Zone

Read option adds to coaching nightmares

Posted January 14, 2013

— 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.’”

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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.

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  • Hokies94 Jan 14, 8:44 p.m.

    Fire on down Steve Logan. Take a chance and coach again. VT could be the ticket if you are better than Steinspring and the esteemed Michael O'Cain. Beamer is doing what it takes to save his job. Apply. My school could use some coaching about right now.

  • Hokies94 Jan 14, 8:37 p.m.

    Read option has been around for years Coach Logan. They have only tweaked it a little. Call it anyway you want to call it. Most college's and the Pro's have changed their defenses to stop this. Bud Foster learned this a few years ago. One of the best. It's a darn shame that VT didn't have any coaches to direct this offense. Logan Thomas was dismal this year. Defense's didn't need much to stop VT. Foster saved VT this year. Our FG kicker should get some huge hudos too.

    Looking forward to see you coaching again Coach Logan. Get into the real mix and do this thing. Why are you wasting your knowledge on here? It's called courage.

    I led two of the largest high schools in NC as a Principal. I also coached 4 sports in high school. I never allowed anyone to put the fire out until I retired.

  • kornfan2448 Jan 14, 3:23 p.m.

    If the Niners play like they did against Green Bay, no way they lose. I like they're chances against Atlanta. They've played well and beat the top QB's this year (Brady, Brees and Rodgers...twice). He adds an extra element to an already strong running attack and has surprised defenses with his accuracy and velocity in the passing game. I was really worried when he threw that pick-6 early, but he shrugged it off and had a stellar game. They were essentially a play away from the Super Bowl last year, I hope they seal the deal this year.

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