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On The Chalkboard: Defending The Read Option

To conclude our series on the read option, we will take a look at how defensive coordinators should attempt to slow down the concepts.


A few notes to remember:

  • Play the Mike at eight yards rather than the standard five yards. This allows the Mike to be a part of the run front and play with instincts, all without taking himself out of position for the play pass.
  • The "read man" attacks the mesh point, to the upfield shoulder of the QB. This forces the QB to hurry his read and can result in some incorrect decisions. This also lets him be in pass rush position versus play action.
  • Force the hand off every time and let your other defensive linemen and linebackers play the run on the front side.
  • Get help from your pressing corners to extend the run front all the way to the sideline.


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