Earlier this week, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians commented about the Philadelphia Eagles newly implemented read option offense calling it a great “college” offense. Here’s the exact quote he gave the Philadelphia Inquirer:
“I still think it’s a great offense. It’s a great college offense when you put a great athlete back there. But when you’re facing great athletes, with the speed that’s in the NFL who are chasing these guys, unless you’re superhuman, you’re going to get hurt sooner or later – not hurt, but beat up and bruised up, and you don’t want your quarterback feeling bruised up when he’s trying to throw and be accurate.”
“I don’t think it’s an offense. I think it’s a play. And we don’t run read option if you want to get really technical. We run a zone read play every once in awhile. It’s like saying our offense is a power offense because we run the power play; or the old Green Bay Packers, their offense was the Green Bay sweep offense and it isn’t. Everybody’s got a bunch of plays they run offensively, whether everybody’s got a quick game, everybody’s got screen, everybody’s got drop back, everybody’s got out of pocket, power, counter, inside zone. I never looked at it as an offense.”
Regardless of the wording, it will all come down to executing those plays on Sunday as the 7-4 Cardinals face the 6-5 Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Both teams come into the matchup on a hot streak. Arizona has won their last four games as Philadelphia has won their last three. This should be a good test for second-year quarterback and newly named starter Nick Foles as he’ll play against the eighth best defense in the NFL.