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Imitating Read-Option Only 53 Days Ahead

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 13, 2013 – 12:15 pm

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

Chalk this one up as further proof that the read-option isn’t just a trend but a revolutionizing offensive scheme thanks to yours truly—the Washington Redskins.

The next game on the radar is the Steelers followed by bouts with the Bills, Buccaneers, Eagles, Packers and then the Lions.

So why would I stop you at Detroit and not the season opener?

Well even though the Redskins-Lions matchup is still 53 days away, reports are out that the Lions are game planning for the read-option already. While no one really knows just how many teams will line up in the pistol this year (even the Broncos with less than mobile Peyton Manning behind center ran it for a few plays during their first preseason game), the Redskins and maybe the Eagles are the only two teams on Detroit’s schedule that have the natural tools to fit the scheme.

But even then, if Nick Foles does indeed win the starting quarterback gig, the read option will be scaled down to no more than 20 plays—otherwise Philly will be in the head coaching market.

With that said, Lions quarterback Thaddeus Lewis has been doing his best Robert Griffin III impersonation during camp.

Originally undrafted out of Duke, Lewis was a complete unknown in NFL circles until he made his debut Week 17 last season against the Steelers where connected on nearly 70 percent of his passes for 204 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Great performance? Yes give credit where credit is due, but here’s the kicker–he only had three rushing yards. Still, he’s the most equipped read-option quarterback on the Lions roster.

Per the Detroit Free Press:

The Lions spent one period in today’s practice working on the read-option, the first time they’ve practiced against the formation in training camp. No. 4 quarterback Thaddeus Lewis led the scout-team offense through about a dozen snaps against the mostly first-team defense, a mix of zone-read plays and runs out of the pistol formation. Lions coach Jim Schwartz wouldn’t say much about the period after practice, but it had a decidedly forward-looking feel.

Even then Lewis only ran a 4.8 40-yard dash to Griffin III’s 4.41 and that was three years ago.

If you can’t beat them at their own game (they haven’t won on the road against the franchise since the original Boston days), game plan for them 53 days in advance.

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