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    Dec 2009

    Re: The Pistol Offense, a Fad or Here to Stay?

    I'm not sure if the read option is going to see sustained success in the NFL, but I don't think you can judge them like the wildcat.

    When running the read option, the ball is snapped to the QB. So if you line up in pistol with the intent of running the zone read, the defense won't know if you're going to run or pass until you start running the play. In the wildcat you're pretty committed to running, so you become 1-dimensional.

    Chris Brown has written some good articles about both the read option and Pistol formation recently.

    From the 2nd link:
    Ault: Absolutely. I’m not here to tell you that the 49ers should run the read 16, 17 times a game. You can’t do that in the NFL. But I think by running the read play, it’s in your offensive system and you’re going to run it five times, nine times a game, it’s one more thing you’ve got to defend. And then when you throw the play-action pass off it, that’s another thing.
    Last edited by Kyle Cactus; 02-01-2013 at 04:46 PM.


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