Inside The Bills

Defending the read-option

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 8, 2013 – 8:15 pm

Whether the read-option offensive attack is here to stay in the NFL is up for debate. But the Buffalo Bills new coaching staff already is formulating ideas to deal with the new wave of offensive football.

Bills new Linebackers Coach Chuck Driesbach talked about defending the read-option, during an appearance Friday night on The John Murphy Show.

After spending the last 36-years coaching college football, Driesbach says the read-option is nothing new.

“A lot of the college game is creeping into the NFL, with these athletic quarterbacks and the zone reads,” Driesbach told host John Murphy.

“I guess it’s revolutionary in the NFL. Unfortunately, we played RGIII three times when I was at Rice. That was a little tough. He was a great, great player, and you can imagine our Rice players trying to stop that guy—the NFL struggles with it now.”

Driesbach says the most succesful read-option attacks will be the ones with a a threat of the quarterback throwing, as well as running. “To have these athletic quarterbacks who can throw, that’s really a challenge now,” he says.

And the Bills LB coach says he watched Super Bowl XLVII, and came away wondering why the Forty Niners didn’t use Colin Kaepernick and the read option more, especially in the red zone.

“I’m surprised the 49ers didn’t do more of it in the Super Bowl. They had a lot of three-back and a lot of handoffs, but not really the spread-you-out zone read option.”

The entire interview with Bills LBs Coach Chuck Driesbach will be available Friday night at\johnmurphyshow.

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