Defending the Option means being having a sound defense. It also means reps. A big part of the allure of the Option for offenses is that they can beat more talented, but less disciplined, defensive teams - without even having to block the best player.
You should start working Option Assignments early, and work them often, when coaching up your defense. Many teams are incorporating elements of the Option, even if they are not focused on playing Option football.
The basic rules of defending the Option do not change. They apply to every style of Option including:
- Flexbone Option, under center or in Pistol
- Inside Veer and Outside Veer
- Midline Option
- Zone Read Option
Option assignment rules do not change greatly whether you are a 3-3-5 Defense, 4-2-5 Defense, 4-3 Defense, 3-4 Defense or any other sound, base defense. Once your players understand these rules, they can stop the Option out of your base defense.
Another big rule in defending the Option (and anything else) is No Gimmicks! Coach your players to defend and stop the Option with confidence in your Base Defense! Check out this video for the basics of defending Option football teams.