NFL Headache: Do QB’s Lose Their Rights As Pocket Passers In The Read Option?BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
I was told that the defensive coordinators were going to tell their defensive players to hit the quarterbacks whether they had the football or not. Meaning if the quarterback faked the handoff to the running back or gave the handoff to the running back, the defensive player would hit and tackle the quarterback, regardless.
ProFootballTalk.com has an article in it where Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews laid this strategy out to a reporter as the Packers prepared for a game against 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who embarrassed the Green Bay defense last year in the playoffs with some big runs out of the read option.
“It looks as if as long as that quarterback is carrying out that fake, he loses his right as a pocket passer and rules that govern that,” Matthews told Bay Area reporters, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “We’ll see the hits that are legal and what’s not legal, but we think our game plan fits within the scheme of the officials and what we want to do.”
Of course this same situation will take place when the Eagles play the Redskins. Will the Eagles be able to hit Robert Griffin III when he runs the read option and hands off the football? Will the Redskins defenders be able to hit Michael Vick when he runs the fake on the read option? This is a huge question and the NFL will needs to make sure all of the games will be officiated the same way.
How will the refs call this? Will these hits be considered illegal or will they be legal? I do think a quarterback loses his rights as a pocket passer when he runs the read option fakes. In that capacity, he is a runner and therefore can be hit and tackled.
“You do have to take your shots on the quarterback, and obviously they’re too important to their offense,” Matthews said, via Maiocco. “If that means [coaches] pull them out of that type of offense and make them run a traditional, drop-back, pocket-style offense, I think that’s exactly what we’re going for. So you want to put hits as early and often on the quarterback and make them uncomfortable.”
This is going to be a huge issue in the NFL this season.
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