“I just think because of the success that people had last year running the read option, everybody went out in the offseason and did their due diligence, just like we did, as far as researching the things that you need to do to stop it. Some teams are a little bit more complex than others. Some are in the pistol and have one back back there,” the Colts coach said.
“You’ll see this team come in here on Sunday and there could be that situation, that scenario right there, or there could be as many as three backs back there in a diamond formation with the quarterback in the pistol. So we definitely did our research as well as everybody else did. You get caught with your pants down, they can make you look really silly.”
HIT THE QUARTERBACKS
During training camp, NFL referees explained to teams and coaching staffs what will be allowed when facing read option offenses. Quarterbacks will be fair game to be hit under the right circumstances.
“That’s how the rule reads now. They’re very specific, and they were very specific with us in the offseason at the owners’ meetings, when the NFL officials came to training camp. As long as that guy’s running an option play and he’s involved in that option play, then he’s considered a runner. And he does not garner the protection that a normal quarterback who drops back to pass, the protection that he’s awarded based on the rules,” Pagano said.
“There’s a fine line there. Read option, a guy takes it and he hands it off and he backs away and doesn’t carry out a fake, can you go hit that guy? Obviously not. So we’ve educated our guys on that and we’ll practice that this week and for weeks to come.”