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Lewis’ measure of comfort with read option

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2013 – 9:45 am

One of the reasons former practice squad QB Thad Lewis was elevated to the role of starting quarterback was due in part to his athleticism and the ability to extend plays and scramble should the pocket break down. Lewis is considered a viable read option signal caller and the quarterback told the John Murphy Show that he’s comfortable running it.

“Just an extra added dimension just to make the defense practice for something else,” said Lewis. “I think it’s great and it gives us an extra opportunity to run the football a little more even if I have to use my legs. Whatever is called the quarterback touches the ball every play so you have to be a playmaker and make it work. I think the read option presents some type of trouble to the defense and you can keep them off balance with it so I think it fits well in this offense.”

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Read option derailed run ‘D’

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2012 – 10:30 am

For four straight weeks the Bills run defense had held opponents to less than 90 yards rushing for four straight games, something that hadn’t been done by a Bills defense since 1999. In the past two weeks however, Buffalo has given up 270 and 182 rushing yards in losses to the Seahawks and Dolphins. Head coach Chan Gailey chalks it up to one thing in particular.

Making his weekly appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday morning, Gailey said the main culprit is the read option run game.

“I think the quarterback read (option) has made everybody a little tentative, especially the backside pursuit,” said Gailey in reference to his team’s run defense. “So we’re leaving creases. We had misalignment on a couple of big runs (Sunday). Misalignment there’s no excuse for that and we had that twice yesterday. We had linebackers running around looking for where to line up and got gashed for big runs. The quarterback read has made everyone tentative.”

The Dolphins averaged 5.2 yards per carry. The previous week the Seahawks averaged 8.4 per carry.

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