The NFL is a copycat league and with the read-option working so well for teams in 2012 it will be even more popular this Fall. Oddly enough it was the Miami Dolphins who started the famous “Wildcat” offense in 2008 when Ronnie Brown was torturing defenses and now they’re visiting a new fad.
With the 2013 offseason moving right along talks are beginning to circulate about Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins planning on implementing the read-option. I fully understand the direction of the team as they have the quarterback capable to do so and the offense was dreadful scoring a lousy 18 points per game which was 27th in the NFL in 2012.
The Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers all used the zone read in 2012 and had plenty of success doing so as they all made the playoffs–something the Dolphins have done all but once in the last decade.
I think this is a match made in heaven especially if the club decides to let Brian Hartline go and not bring in one of the top free agent wide receivers currently available as the talent pool will be shallow in Miami. This would give the Dolphins leverage moving forward and be able to give the AFC East a run for their money with a new flavor on the offensive side of the ball.
For those of you scoffing at the idea of Tannehill running with the likes of Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick take a look at the statistics as the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft has the skills to run this system. In his senior season with Texas A&M Tannehill rushed 58 times for 306 yards and that same season Griffin rushed for 699 yards on 179 carries–that gives the former a considerable yards-per-carry advantage over the 2011 Heisman winner.
Make no mistake Tannehill can throw the long ball and was a wide receiver for his first two years as an Aggie so he definitely has all of the skills necessary to run this particular scheme.
There will definitely be some growing pains for the second-year quarterback but, it’s time for a new regime in Miami and perhaps this offense get them to double digit wins for the first time since 2008.