Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/15/13
There are many opinions on the hot new offensive trend the ‘read option’ and if it has staying power. However, one thing is for sure, it won’t sneak up on NFL teams in 2013. The success of Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III, and Colin Kaepernick running the versatile attack could wane as coaches around the league feel that a quarterback just won’t be able to hold up against the punishment. Cincinnati coach and former defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis thinks a team can run it, but they should plan on running through a few QB’s in the process. "I don't think it stays," Lewis said, via Clark Judge of CBS Sports. "A young quarterback can do it, OK? But that young quarterback will never get a second contract because he's going to be beaten up. And you can't be a passer and take hits on your shoulder like these guys are going to do getting tackled." "It's option football," said Lewis. "We all coached in college, and we're used to playing option football and the assignments that come with it. When I was coaching at Idaho State we'd go down to BYU to watch spring practice, and they'd be working on Air Force and Wyoming and teams running the wishbone. They'd have a whole team of guys -- walk-on kids -- running the wishbone offense vs. their defense because they only saw it a couple of times a year. It was different than what they were used to, and it's the same theory here." Former Ravens defensive coordinator and current coach of the Indianapolis Colts Chuck Pagano adds: "It's obviously not being taken very lightly," Pagano said. "And I don't think anybody should. It's the trend right now. But if you go back to the wildcat when it was first sprung by Miami on New England ... they weren't ready for it. Nobody was. It had its success, then peaked a little bit, then fell off. I don't know how long this will last but we're going to be ready -- just as everyone else will be -- to defend it."  
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