WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Living legend Joe Gibbs, the subject of Thursday’s annual James Brown and Mike Wilbon celebrity roast, thinks NFL defenses will continue to improve against the read-option, but ultimately, more teams will adopt the offensive scheme themselves.
“I’ve always said that the NFL is roughly changing thirty percent a year,” Gibbs told the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Friday. “You had zone blitzes came in, all these things. I would think the biggest evolution in quite awhile that’s really driven defenses crazy is that read-option.”
“And if you kind of notice, there were games last year where we saw great fronts like the Giants play the Redskins, never showed up, because they’re sitting back, waiting, trying to read that thing,” he continued. “And I think it’s awful hard to stop. Now, in the NFL it’s normally diminishing returns. The more they see it, the better defenses get and so I think they’ll defend it better. But I’d say right now that’s a huge step and last year there were four teams really could run it because of their quarterbacks, and they put up huge yards. When did you ever see 500 yards?”
“But now, I think what’s happened is, probably in the draft you’ll see a couple more teams this year start using it – Philly, with Vick, even though it was spread they were running a lot of it the other night against the Redskins – I think it’s something right now that teams are going to have to defend, find a way to defend it, and there’s a lot of work going on right now I tell you in defensive rooms trying to look at that,” Gibbs said.
This was 11th annual Michael Wilbon and James Brown Celebrity Roast & Golf Classic, with proceeds going to the DC College Access Program – a non-profit organization devoted to providing counseling and financial assistance to students who might otherwise never have the opportunity to attend or graduate from college.
Listen to the full interview with Joe Gibbs below.