It's been a few weeks since I did a 'Read' All About It post. Truth is, that while we have still been running read-option it's occurence has definitely gone down in recent weeks, especially since the bye where it seems Shurmur and Kelly put in the effort to tailor the offense more towards Foles.
But despite the frequency going down, it's still a big part of what we do. And the Bears looked ill-prepared for it.
Let's take a look at the standard inside zone read option with Foles. We've talked a lot about how this play does not work as well with a QB like Foles. Well there have been some exceptions to that rule, and this surely was one of them.
Here's Foles reading the unblocked edge defender:
Here's the end zone view. The first observation is how much respect Briggs gives Foles. He's totally spying him here:
This is the play where Chris Collinsworth lauds Evan Mathis for peeling off the initial double team and getting to the second level. Truth is, Mathis didn't have to do anything. Check out how his man is completeley focused on Foles and essentially takes himself out of the hole McCoy is going to run through:
And not surprisingly, it worked equally well for Vick. Here's Vick reading the unblocked edge defender. This time Herremans will start with the initial double team and peel off. However, he doesn't have to block anyone because look at the LB. He's completely enamored with Vick:
And Vick's fake holds the edge defender off just enough for Brown to get through the line for a long TD. Meanwhile #57 is completely out of the play:
This last one is not the read-option, but I figured I'd throw it in since we are talking about confused Bears defenders. It's the inside zone with the sift block we've been talking about. Casey's responsible for coming across the formation to pick up the initially unblocked defender. Just look at how much he overplays his contain on Foles:
So much so that Casey says, "awwww eff it, I'll block someone else"
Poor Bears...not sure how they rebound from this one.