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Few offensive schemes are becoming more popular than the read option. Where the read option differs from the spread option is that the quarterback reads the defensive end right after the snap.
Depending on what the defensive end does dictates whether the quarterback is going to run the ball or hand the ball off to his running back.
Obviously, the biggest strength of this type of offense is the ability to pick up huge chunks of yards on a consistent basis when they make the correct read. With the defensive end out of the picture, the quarterback or running back only needs to beat a few people to pick up huge yardage.
The other strength of this offense is that it really opens up the passing game. With defenses needing to be extremely aware of a running quarterback, they'll often be forced to put more defenders towards the line of scrimmage.
This opens up passing plays down the field for the offense and the chance for big plays through the air.
The biggest weakness to this type of offense is going to be the possibility of injuries. Just look at Washington Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III. He took a continuous beating during his rookie season and ended up paying dearly with serious injuries throughout the year.
Another weakness to this offense is that defenses have been spending so much time during the offseason figuring out how to slow it down. Much like the Wildcat offense of a few years ago, it wouldn't be too surprising if NFL defenses had figured out how to slow down the read option completely in the next year or two.