Last season we tried to maintain a weekly feature where we highlighted the use of the read-option after every game to illustrate how much we use it, and it's impact on different defenses. If preseason game #1 showed us anything, it showed us that the read-option will continue to remain a key staple of the 2014 offense as all 4 quarterbacks used it in some fashion on Friday night.
Quick refresher for new readers who haven't been regular readers of the blog. The term "read-option" does not solely refer to the simple play where the offensive line leaves an unblocked defender on the line, reads him, and chooses to keep the ball and run, or hand off to the running back in the other direction. Looking at our stable of QBs this year, and other than GJ Kinne, that's not a play that should regularly be featured in this offense. Instead, we refer to the read-option as a play that has several options built-in and the QB will read a key defender (or two) to make a decision on where the football should go.
So let's have a look at some familiar looking concepts: