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.

# Performance of “Dice Range Calculator” (Receptions)

The “mean” average of the difference between actual and replay statistics was 6.75.  This is an acceptable difference, especially since only a single dice roll is required to determine the intented receiver compared to potentially needing multiple dice rolls to identify a starting receiver using the locator columns.  In addition, compare the average of “Yards per Reception” to see the full benefit of using Mark Zarb’s “Yard per Catch” innovation.

 Receiving Player Tm Rec Yds Y/R TD Jimmy Graham NOR 45 674 14.98 5 Darren Sproles NOR 45 329 7.31 2 Greg Jennings GNB 42 677 16.12 5 Calvin Johnson DET 41 679 16.56 10 Steve Smith CAR 39 818 20.97 3 Roddy White ATL 39 425 10.90 3 Matt Forte CHI 38 419 11.03 1 Brandon Pettigrew DET 38 352 9.26 2 Jeremy Maclin PHI 37 489 13.22 3 Jason Witten DAL 36 449 12.47 3 Tony Gonzalez ATL 35 380 10.86 4 Hakeem Nicks NYG 32 508 15.88 3
 Receiving: Rec Yards Avg. Long TD Graham NOS 55 843 15.3 80 9 White ATL 50 572 11.4 48 3 S. Smith CAR 48 873 18.2 51 5 Johnson DET 41 779 19.0 73 10 Sproles NOS 39 270 6.9 65 1 Pettigrew DET 37 500 13.5 72 4 Gonzalez ATL 36 385 10.7 45 1 Nicks NYG 34 618 18.2 80 5 Witten DAL 34 510 15.0 70 5 G. Jennings GBP 30 396 13.2 55 4 Macklin PHI 27 356 13.2 33 2 Forte CHI 21 121 5.8 54 0

# Phil Molloy “Fumble” Innovations

Mr. Phil Molloy was kind enough to share another innovation with the APBA Football community.  His latest contribution is a “Fumble Adjustment” and “Kick Fumble” charts.  Detailed instructions are provided within each document and appear very user-friendly.

# Phil Molloy Innovations

Phil Molloy is an avid player of APBA football who has created several outstanding innovations over the years. His dicerangecalculator offers a great alternative to the Locator columns (page B-13 of the Master game booklet) for determining receptions, interceptions and sacks.  This innovation renders outstanding results, speeds up replay time and accurately reflect substitutions and personnel packages used during the course of an actual game.  Just type names and statistics into columns A and B to generate dice roll numbers.  In the event of an injury and a reserve player (non-starter) is awarded the reception, sack or interception, refer to the “Substitution” table (tab located in new_plays) to determine which code number the reserve player was occupying prior to checking the injury table (B-19). For example, 1998 NY Jet’s reserve outside linebacker, Chad Cascadden, is awarded the sack; I will check the “Substitution” table to determine if he is at d6 or d7.

Phil has created several new plays (QB sneak, Hail Mary, & surprise on-side kick), alternative for blitzing, and variances to special team’s plays (touchbacks, maximum rush to block a punt, & punts land within the 9-yard line) that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed for several years now.