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Split T anyone?
The Split T is the original option offense in college football, dating to the 1940s. How many games in a row did Bud Wilkinson win with it? Wasn't it 47 straight games? Dwmyers (talk) 18:30, 31 May 2016 (UTC)
Perhaps adding a line or two detailing that recruits in service academies have physical fitness requirements preventing them from playing linemen who are "fat" might help clear up why they use the option so much. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 22:58, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
Actually, I think it's also because potential NFL players are not likely to go to the service academies, since they have to serve for two years after college. Therefore, the academies are good choices for talented players who don't fit the NFL mold, such as smaller offensive linemen, running quarterbacks, speedy but undersized slotbacks, and workhouse fullbacks, all of which fit the option perfectly. But you are right. No college level program is going to allow its players to get fat, in the sense of out of shape, the academies have a weight requirement, so even though big linemen have to be in shape at all programs, you can't be 330 lbs. like you want for a pro-style offense. And while the option has brought Navy and Air Force a decade of consistent winning football, and the Army has been losing without it. Now that they've brought it back (I'm not sure what exactly they are using, but it is run-based), they are 4-3, but with their losses by a total of 13 points. All 3 could go to a bowl this year. Gtbob12 (talk) 12:26, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
Reverted for neutrality
I reverted the change that was recently made -- while the option is used on a VERY limited basis in the NFL and it's true that changes to the field and the superior speed of the NFL-caliber defenders does make it much more difficult to run the option successfully; declaring it "useless" and such just didn't seem very neutral to me. ---B- 20:04, 30 November 2006 (UTC)
Vick/Dunn option success?
Although I did not remove the sentence, it is itimated by someone that the tandem of Michael Vick and Warrick Dunn ran the option in the NFL with a level of success not seen in the NFL in some time.
Being a fan of a team in the NFC South (formerly the NFC West) I have seen the Falcons at least twice a year for the last thirty years. I cannot think of a time when the above statement proved accurate. Besides, there is no documentation, unlike the statement made about Brad Smith running the option for the Jets. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 17:37, 12 September 2008 (UTC)
Veer and charts
So what exactly does "option" refer to ?
I can't find any explanation for the name. Neither does it explain "read option" which is redirected here. Terms must all be defined or the article becomes meaningless to the novice. This isn't a coaching manual, it's an encyclopedia. Rcbutcher (talk) 17:39, 3 December 2015 (UTC)