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Russell Wilson defends read-option offense

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01:20 PM ET 03.27 | Quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks didn't lean on the read-option until late last season, but they were very effective when they broke it out. Wilson isn't a player who lacks motivation. Tomlin's comments -- and the line of thinking about the read-option -- sounds like it rubbed Wilson the wrong way.

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March 27, 2013  01:43 PM ET

It is a gimmick.

More QBs who get blown up or have their bodies fall apart (see RGIII) because of wear and tear will change their story in a few years. Teams have to protect their investments (Skins, Seahawks etc..) and when RGIII goes down, other$ take notice.

March 27, 2013  02:23 PM ET

It's going to be called a "gimmick" because a limited number of QBs will have the skill set to run it proficiently. And yes, there certainly is risk.

It doesn't have to work for everyone, just for Wilson. He should just keep his head down and keep doing his thing.

March 27, 2013  04:24 PM ET

The read-option is fun to watch but, long term it won't last. Defenses will gameplan ways to stop it and many will simply tell a linebacker or a safety to make sure they hit the QB every time he runs it. There are no QBs in the league that will be able to sustain this type of punnishment over a 16 game season.

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March 27, 2013  08:20 PM ET

The Read Option is something that is nice for a quarterback to have in his Bag of Tricks, if used properly it can be very effective!

March 27, 2013  11:52 PM ET

Tomlin's comments were dead on. Take away his run game, and RGIII is still an outstanding quarterback. If his team was capable of allowing him to stand in the pocket and drop bombs, he'd doing it all day and be right there with Brady and Manning. The Redskins would do it if they could.

And in Seattle, Wilson was sacked more than 30 times last season and still threw almost 30 TDs. Meanwhile he ran almost a hundred times, didn't even break 500 yards rushing, and scored 4 TDs.

It's just not worth it. No owner is going to put up with that for long.

 
March 27, 2013  11:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Actually, he'd better keep head UP.

Either way, he's been lucky so far. Project his rookie numbers over a 7 year career, and he's gonna have to tattoo instructions on his hands reminding him how to ties his shoes.

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