We were all taken aback when tweets flew that the Cardinals were running Read-Option plays. I mean, how many of us would ever think that Carson Palmer would run a Read-Option? Drew Stanton is understandable, he's more athletic than Palmer, and faster of course.
The consensus immediately became that Arians was just running it to prep the defense... Makes sense. However, his words today could open the door for a FEW Read-Option type plays in his playbook. Our own Jess Root tweeted that Arians was using the Read-Option, mainly to prep his defense for it. They key word there is "mainly". Perhaps I am looking a little to deep into this, but I wouldn't be surprised if we run the Read-Option once or twice a game.
We have several weapons on Offense to run the scheme with success. Andre Roberts is a fast player, his End-Around plays during Whisenhunt's scheme typically came with a 14+ yard gain. If memory serves me right, he was involved on most of these Option plays and could very well make an impact.
Another such weapon could be several of the younger receivers. Robert Gill in particular. Nothing but good things have come from him thus far into camp. He's fast and elusive and he has really answered the biggest question thrown out there about him... With his speed can he locate the ball? He's done that on multiple occasions.
I'm not saying it should become a staple play in our offense, but when we need a spark, or we're in side the 10, run it and catch the opposition off guard. The talent is there, and hopefully Arians will see that and use it to its advantage.
On a side note... As Jess is returning to his real world job Tuesday, I am unfortunately returning to school this Thursday so my time on the site will take a hit. I'll still get my articles up but you guys will not see much of my sunny disposition in the comments unless it's a weekend. Thank you guys for an entertaining summer!