no this needs clarification. the way to defend it, which Pitt demonstrated on the way to routing RGKnee and Washington, was to hit the QB EVEN AFTER HE HANDS IT OFF.
When you run the spread option BS, Defenders are allowed to tackle the QB even if the RB has the ball, as long as its not blatantly late. I am unsure if the QB can be hit like a RB at that point, but I believe since he is still in the pocket, unnecessary roughness penalties still apply on helmet to helmet hits etc.
anyways, the goal by doing what Pitt did wasnt even necessarily to stop the spread option bs. it was to put washington in the situation they had to make a difficult choice...continue running that spread bs and watch us hit RGKnee ball or no ball and risk his season or play more conventional.
Washington didnt completely abandon it, but for the most part they did bc u could clearly see rgknee was tentative and hesitant. THATS how teams will defend rgknee and its why i have scrutinized washington so much. i understood this reality as being more than plausible. its why being a traditional pocket passer and going through progressions was so necessary as a means to longivity. and dont bs urself, just bc the kid can throw a rocket doesnt mean he has a clue to read defenses and go through progressions. remember, he is basically seeing ONE type of defense bc of that spread option bs too. so not only is he handcuffed in a 1 read offense, he's handcuffed in the defenses he gains experience on. they're just gonna run him to the ground and get no return on the investment. mark my words, if they try with this spread option bs next year insteada going through the lumps and pains that is NECESSARY to learning all sorts of defenses, rgknee wont last 3 yrs....
My fear is that the NFL will change the rules to "protect" these pistol QB's. The current attitude seems to be less contact and more offense. Face it....the game has changed and will continue to do so. This is not your fathers football any longer.
Tony Dungy said his method of stopping the option QBs is to keep getting hits on him and if you get enough hits he will slow down all by himself..
The pistol has NOTHING to do with a QB running or the option.
They are completely and entirely different things. The pistol is merely a formation where it's a hybrid between the shotgun and I formation. That's it.
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