Originally posted on Redskins Hog Heaven  |  Last updated 5/25/12
The defensive switch concept isn't new.  Option football has been around for close to 50 years, and thusly, strategies to defend option quarterbacks have been around forever.  The only thing that's the same in the game of football now as it was fifty years ago is that the team that wins usually did a really good job of letting it's best players do the heavy lifting.NFL defenses have been stunting, twisting, and pressuring forever, but the switch is far more prevelant in college football because option-based rushing attacks are far more prevelant in the college ranks.  When I say 'switch', what I mean is any defensive concept where the defense switches up it's responsibilites in an attempt to throw off the offenses reads in the option game.  Last year, the Redskins ran into plenty of switches when the played the Ryan brothers, Rex and Rob, three times combined last year.The switch is a very effective counter for the stretch-boot game that Mike and Kyle Shanahan have employed.  One of...
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