Many NFL analysts and executives believe the advantages of the read-option will be curtailed once defensive coaches devote more time to studying the tactics. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is taking a more blunt approach.
"I think it's the flavor of the day. We will see if it's the flavor of the year," Tomlin said Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix. "See if guys are committed to getting their guys hit."
It's no surprise that Tomlin would point to the physicality of football as a drawback to the read-option. This is a coach who once said of his team, "We are going to fight. We aren't going to always put out works of art."