Options routes require smarts, instincts

Originally Published: October 30, 2009
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

Analyzing the NFL is often about glamorizing the mundane and intellectualizing the simple. Sounds bad, but it's true.

Basic tasks that are executed correctly, like a running back's "vision" to find a hole -- isn't the ability to not run into other people a fundamental tenet of society, not just football? -- are celebrated. I'm guilty, I admit it. And so, describing one of this season's most unstoppable pass patterns -- the option route -- comes down to praising a receiver's ability to pick ...

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