Dolphins Will Use the Read Option in Copycat League

We have already seen the 49ers, Redskins, and Seahawks have success using the read option. And with the influx of multi-dimensional quarterbacks and the copycat nature of the league, look for the Miami Dolphins to use the read option with Ryan Tannehill.

Ryan Tannehill Can Run the Ball
Tannehill spent two years playing wide receiver at Texas A&M before being named the starting QB. In that time period he caught 112 passes for over 1500 yards, so he’s more than familiar with running with the ball. Offense coordinator Mike Sherman, who coached Tannehill in college, knows this and used Tannehill more in the running game towards the end of the season. Tannehill had 28 carries for 181 yards the last six weeks of the season. Compare that to just 21 carries for 63 yards the first 11 weeks. Sure this trend to could be attributed to game planning, but I believe this is a sign of things to come. Another great stat for Dolphin fans was Tannehill’s seventy two percent accuracy when throwing on the run, according to ProFootball Focus. That’s good for second in the NFL.

Read Option & Zone Blocking
The line men in the read option use the zone blocking scheme. Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin came to Miami with a zone blocking scheme that he used in Green Bay as offense coordinator. The only difference between the read option and the zone blocking scheme is that the quarterback as the option to hand the ball off to the running back or run the ball himself. The Dolphins offensive line, center Mike Pouncy and guard Richie Incognito in particular, have shown an ability to get off blocks and get down field. Athletic linemen are crucial to the read option and zone blocking scheme.
With a quarterback that can run with the ball in Tannehill, and athletic linemen that are already have a year of zone blocking under their belt, look for the Dolphins to use the read option in 2013.