- Feb 2, 2005
That is exactly the opposite of true. Teams with lesser talent, like the academies are running it to equalize the playing field. It does not take superior talent to run the option. The reason NFL teams aren’t running it (although zone read is a version of it) is because they don’t want to get their multi millionaire QB’s killed.Teams don’t run the option anymore because P5 defenses are too fast and strong now. That’s exactly why the NFL can’t run it.
This makes me laugh every time I see it brought up. Obviously people who want it have no idea how big & fast defenses are today at the P5 level. If it worked teams would do it. I’m not trying to pick on anybody or boast, but I played (for 1 year) defense for a college team that ran the option and P5 level defenses ate it up. When you have the best players in the country you can do well with it, but the best players aren’t going to a school that runs the option anymore. Period.