Trickle-Up Offense: Read Option Big in NFL

Trickle-Up Offense: Read Option Big in NFL

Tim Tebow has been out with two broken ribs and maybe a bruised ego.

The read-option lives, however, in Washington, Carolina and San Francisco, where NFL coaches are dusting off the old college formations to capitalize on the skills of quarterbacks such as Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick.

Nobody's going all-in like the Denver Broncos did last year when it became apparent that Tebow, with his messy mechanics, wasn't going to win as a pocket passer. Instead, teams are sprinkling in the read-option offense to confuse defenses and create running and passing lanes alike, and that makes their traditional play calls all the more effective.

Coaches say it's not a fad, either. This time, it's here to stay.

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