It still remains to be seen if NFL defensive coordinators have solved the “Read Option” dilemma, however, thanks to Phil Molloy, APBA Football players now have a solution. I asked Phil to create a system for solitaire play that was triggered off the “Inside Run”, worked in conjunction with “Fletch67” and only required one additional dice roll. After a little back and forth, it was decided the system must provide a “quota” that accurately reflects real-time usage of the “Read Option” and the flexibility to work even if the Game Company gives more scramble numbers to reflect the additional runs from the option.
So before we can simulate Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris executing the “Read Option” from our tabletop, we must establish the quota. Using the “Read Option” tab, you must enter data into the following cells:
- M2 – Total runs by QB per game (actual stats)
- M3 – Scrambles by QB per game (actual stats or assumptions)
- M4 – Designed bootleg runs by QB per game (actual stats or assumptions)
- M6 – Pass attempts per game by QB (actual stats, not counting sacks or scrambles)
- M7 – Total sacks sustained by QB per game (actual stats)
- M8 – Total scramble numbers (26/27) from QB’s card
Using RG III as an example:
- M2 – RG III averaged 8 runs per game
- M3 – In accordance with an article from the USA Today, 70 of RG III’s 120 total runs were designed runs resulting in 50 QB scrambles (3 per game).
- M4 – I will leave this at “1” since APBA considers this a “Trick Play”
- M6 – Pass attempts divided games played (393/15=26.2). Enter 26.
- M7 – Times sacked divided by games played (30/15=2)
- M8 – If APBA gives RG III five scramble numbers his quota would be “5”. Four scramble numbers would be a quota of “7”. Three scramble numbers would be a quota of “9”
Hypothetically, let’s say APBA gives RG III 5 scramble numbers (quota of 5) and he is facing a defensive unit with a run rating of 37. Using the “dice chart” tab, the gamer would find column 5 from the quota per game (top row) and 37 from the run defense total (left-side) and locate the intersection to determine the dice roll (56-66). Armed with this knowledge let’s go through the sequence of the “Read-Option” using the above RG III/Alfred Morris example. In your mind’s eye, picture RG III calling an inside run for Alfred Morris, breaking the huddle and lining up in the “Pistol” formation. If Fletch67 determines the defense is in “G’ alignment, RG III hands the ball off to Alfred Morris and the play result is determined by his card. If the defensive alignment is either “S” or “D”, roll the dice and if the result is 11-55 the defender maintains outside containment resulting in an inside run by Alfred Morris. If the dice roll was 56-66, the defender crashed down the line of scrimmage resulting in RG III tucking the ball and running outside.
I used this system during last night’s game between the 2011 Denver Broncos and New York Jets. Tim Tebow’s card is unique (4-6-8-15-17-19) to replicate his style of rushing inside from the shotgun formation; however, he did have success running outside with the “Read Option”. Tim averaged 8.7 carries per game in real-life, during last night’s replay he rushed 7 times (1 scramble, 2 called inside runs and 4 “Read Option” outside runs).
I want to sincerely thank Mr. Phil Molloy for his time and efforts; I believe this is his greatest innovation to date and will enhance the gaming experience while maintaining realism.
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