If you’ve closely followed American football for three-plus decades, you’ve probably heard Barry Switzer sing the praises of the option offence at one time or another.
Ya know, the college-style schemes predicated on the quarterback running, with the option to give or fake to a running back – either by pitchback or handoff.
Switzer was head coach of the University of Oklahoma Sooner juggernauts that ran it down everybody’s throats from the Wishbone in the 1970s and ’80s. That was before he became the most recent man to coach the Dallas Cowboys to a Super Bowl title, in 1995.
Switzer always has said the option attack could work in the NFL.