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Are the Colts Eventually Going to Adopt the Option Offense?



I know this is very unlikely but I'm bored so I'm going to talk about it anyways. Not too many teams used the read option two years ago but the usage of read option is increasing. Last year, there were over 500 read option plays used. Now, the majority of those plays came from the Panthers, Redskins, 49ers, and Seahawks. Philadelphia this year is going into the Chip Kelly Offense which is a version of the option offense. All five of those teams have some of the fastest quarterbacks in the league and very good runningbacks. Now the option offense can be very dangerous if your most important player does not know how to protect himself and avoid devastating injuries, example Robert Griffin III, torn ACL. Even though this offense may jeopardize your quarterback's health, the option plays are being adopted to more teams in the NFL. You don't necessarily need a fast quarterback but it helps. Peyton Manning ran a few option plays in the preseason opener and we saw Tebow running some option plays with the Patriots. The Chiefs also hired Chris Ault, considered he maker of the option/pistol offense, as a consultant.

The option offense may fade out or be figured out with the next year or two and then someone else will try another different style of offense then everyone will want to do it. But, what my main discussion is about, do the Colts fall into the hype and actually try an option play. The Colts right now are running a version of the West Coast offense that Pep Hamilton ran in Stanford and so did Luck, Fleener, and Whalen. The Colts did not fall into the Wildcat hype when that was a major gimmicky offense in the NFL ran by the Dolphins and other teams but is still used. I don't expect the option offense to last as long as the Wildcat offense. The Colts never really had a runningback capable of that type of offense so they never tried it (as far as I know).

But, back to the option offense. Andrew Luck does not like to run the ball unless he has too unlike RGIII and Kaeperknick, who love to run with the football in the open field. Luck is more of a pocket passer. He is very athletic and could run the option offense if he wanted too, but I think he is too smart to fall into the offense. Luck likes the offense at Stanford that Hamilton ran and knows it extremely well. Plus, as long as our offensive line as gotten a lot better with pass protection, Luck won't have a high chance of getting injured. Plus, Bradshaw and Ballard do not have experience running in a option offense. Ballard and Bradshaw will do good in a regular offense like the West Coast.

If the Colts actually try it, I'm fine with it. If they decide to not fall in the hype, I'm fine with it. Whatever the Colts do as an offensive scheme, I'm fine with it as long as it is productive and works. So what do you think? Do you think that the Colts will fall into the hype or continue with a traditional offense?


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