Read-option? Forget about it

Read-option? Forget about it

Posted by Bob LeGere on Wed, 07/31/2013 - 21:49

Any talk of the Bears running the read-option with Jay Cutler at quarterback is a waste of time.

Not gonna happen.

Cutler’s too valuable to expose him to injury by using him for a few plays a game the way the 49ers do with Colin Kaepernick. First of all, although Cutler’s an excellent athlete with good movement skills for a big quarterback, Kaepernick’s a lot faster and a lot more athletic. Even more important, he’s a lot younger.

The Bears may run some read-option in practice, and they might even allow third-string quarterback Matt Blanchard to run it in a preseason game. But it’s not going to be part of the Marc Trestman-Aaron Kromer offense, certainly not with Cutler in the game. If the Bears show any read-option plays it’s only to force opposing defenses to waste time preparing for something they’ll never have to defend when it matters.

Asked how much read option the Bears will run this year, Cutler said: “None.”

Kromer ducked the question by saying: “To be honest, as an offensive coach, I would never like to divulge what we're doing offensively. You'll see some things out here. We'll do some things in walk-throughs that we don't want to divulge. So I don't like to talk scheme in the media.”

He might as well have also said: “None.”

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