Georgia Tech Football: 5 reasons the option is running on empty

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Feb 1, 2014; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles team during the BCS National Championship Celebration at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

#1 – Tale of the Tape: The Option Hasn’t Won Championships in a Long Time

The ultimate yardstick for any offense is, how many championships? Much like the “Run-and-Shoot”, and other offenses that had a gimmick feel to them, they just don’t sustain and don’t win consistently enough to bring home the trophy.

Auburn came about as close as it gets last season in their loss to Florida State in the BCS National Championship game, but they aren’t a true option offense in the purest sense of the word. The read-option involves much more of a passing game (when needed) and a quarterback and receivers that can execute.

Truthfully, there hasn’t been a team that has employed any variant of a true option offense who has been able to sustain success and win a championship since Tom Osborne at Nebraska with his I-option attack. But even the I-option still employed much more passing than the triple-option or flexbone.

The bottom line is that modern football is a quarterback driven game, and for the foreseeable future, the option is running on empty.

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