Read option spurs Broncos, Tebow past Raiders
John Fox and the Denver Broncos coaching staff had come under fire for allegedly not tailoring their offense to fit quarterback Tim Tebow's vastly different skill set.
But in Sunday's 38-24 victory over the Oakland Raiders, the Broncos did just that, trotting out the read option, and the Raiders had no answer for it, as both Willis McGahee and Tebow topped 100 yards rushing in the game.
According to the Denver Post, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy designed a version of the spread option, putting Tebow in his familiar shotgun with the option to keep or give it to McGahee on most running plays. It sounds similar to what the Tennessee Titans tried with Vince Young and Chris Johnson together in the backfield on occasion. And it sounds very familiar to what Tebow did at the University of Florida.
Of course, the big question becomes whether the move is a gimmick that NFL defensive coordinators will soon figure out and expose as fluke or if the Broncos can continue to have success with it now that it has been put on film to be dissected by opponents.
Either way, don't look now, but the 3-5 Broncos are just one game back in the mediocre AFC West.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com